Category Archives: Sustainability Council

2013 Sustainable Business and Design Conference is part of our History

The Conference was great! Fantastic speakers, good pace, good attendance, all worked out! Kudos to all who worked soooo hard to make it happen, but most of all to Sandy Krasovec and Nomi Kleinman – here is my favorite photograph!

Sixth Annual FIT Sustainable Business & Design Conference

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FIT’s 6th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference

Tuesday, March 27, 2012       8:30 am – 5:30 pm

The John Reeves Great Hall           Seminar Rooms/Great Hall Stations

“Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability”

The theme encompass the idea of action, change and movement – what’s happening now with best practices in business and beyond, and “the what could be” of the future (air pollution, energy issues, etc.)

8:15 – 9:00am             Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15am            Welcome – Sustainability Council: Conference program/schedule

9:15 -10:15am             Colin Beavan  – No Impact Man- Keynote Speaker – kick-off conference – “No Imact Man” who went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

10:30-11:15am            President’s Welcome and Remarks/President’s Panel: What’s Happening at FIT

11:30-12:30pm            Deborah Johnson – Pratt- Keynote Speaker Pratt Sustainable Dorm Room project

12:30 –1:00pm            Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00pm            Dr. Stephen Kellert – The Human Need for Nature, Biophilia, and Design – Keynote Speaker – Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on biophillia and biophillic design – understanding the connection between nature and humanity with a particular interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design and development.

2:15 –3:00pm             Lorraine Smith – sustainability consultant- Keynote Speaker – Focused on a life cycle approach to sustainability and supporting collaborative, learning-based initiatives.

3:15 – 4:15pm             Dr. Maureen Clemmons – Keynote Speaker – Moving the pyramids with wind power

4:30 – 5:30pm            Closing remarks and announcement of Concurrent Break-out Session

  • Laura Siegel- Laura’s brand is a high end woman’s wear collection with a commitment to sustainable practices.
  • Alix Davidson- NYC’s Regional Director of Green Festival® where individuals, business and community come together to discuss issues that impact us at home and abroad.
  • Sustainable Interior Environments Graduate Program Students- “You are what you breathe! How much do you know about sustainable materials?”
  • FIT Professor Karen Pearson and High School of Fashion faculty Dominic Cammarota –“Developing an Understanding of Sustainability by Example”

Date set for FIT’s 6th Annual Sustainability Conference


Date set for FIT’s 6th Annual Sustainability Conference

On Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, FIT will host its 6th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference “Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability”.  Please view the attached website for additional details