Sustainability

HUMAN/NATURE
In an interdisciplinary course, students focus their cameras on New York’s natural environment

The New York area, one of the most urban environments on the planet, includes a range of areas where animals and plants survive—and sometimes thrive—despite the pollution, crowding, noise, and loss of natural habitat. Two FIT professors—marine mammal ecologist and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Dr. Arthur Kopelman, who has studied whale and seal populations off…

WATER WORLD
The jaw-dropping underwater photography of Assistant Professor Keith Ellenbogen helps preserve marine wildlife

Keith Ellenbogen’s extraordinary images, featuring endangered animals and plants in marine settings, help the viewer feel connected to the world beneath the sea and to fragile ecosystems worth saving. “I try to show there’s a social, environmental, or conservation angle in photography,” says Ellenbogen, an assistant professor of Photography at FIT. “You begin to care;…

Reducing Our Impact

The week of September 14, FIT joined the ranks of dozens of American colleges in observing No Impact Week, an effort to educate students about reducing their environmental footprint. The idea originated with Colin Beavan, “No Impact Man,” who spoke at FIT in 2012 about his yearlong effort to create zero environmental impact. FIT’s Sustainability…

CONFERENCE EXPLORED TEXTILE TRENDS:
FIT’s first Summer Institute digs deep into sustainable fashion

They came from Eileen Fisher and Harley-Davidson, from the University of Kentucky, Purdue, and India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology. All told, more than 30 academics and industry professionals from four continents studied at FIT for a week in June, participating in the first annual Summer Institute on Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles. They learned…

POWERFUL SOLUTIONS:
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. electrifies the FIT audience with a plea for green energy

“We’re living today in a scientific nightmare,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. pronounced in his keynote speech at FIT’s Eighth Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference, “People, Planet, Prosperity: Measuring Our Impact,” held April 8 in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The conference, which also featured Tom LaForge, the Coca-Cola Company’s global director of human…

Going Greener Faster

A $3.2 million grant to FIT from the Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency program of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services has enabled three energy-efficient upgrades at the college: a new air-handling unit that can be turned down in the evenings, new hot-water heaters in the academic buildings, and an upgrade to a…

What Happens After We Throw It Away?

Click image or here to enlarge infographic I have a confession to make: plastic terrifies me. I learned at an impressionable age that all our yogurt containers, plastic grocery bags, clamshell packaging, Styrofoam cups, and countless other petrochemical polymers will remain intact in landfills for hundreds of years. Nightmares of being swallowed by a churning pit…