1. This unique multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Interior Environments will focus on developing expertise in environmentally-responsible interior design. This expertise supports the obligation of the design community to understand the impact of design on the global environment and the occupants of indoor spaces. The program will address the challenge of designing, supporting practices, and creating places that are environmentally and economically sound. The curriculum will focus on the study of principles and theory of integrated sustainable design for human environments, and their application through the design process. Through experiential learning, specialized science courses, and comprehensive case studies, students will acquire a deep understanding of human, psychological, physiological, and ergonomic needs, as well as detailed information about toxic substances, pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and resources conservation. This program will target professionals including practicing designers, architects, and facilities planners. Graduates will gain marketable expertise to prepare them for leadership positions in industry, educational institutions and industry research centers.
2. A curriculum database will be developed and will include examples of how FIT faculty have incorporated sustainability into the curriculum and serve as a resource for other faculty.
3. Roofs on two buildings will be replaced with green roofs.
4. The Schools of Art and Design, and Business and Technology will jointly sponsor student competitions to design, produce, market, and sell 'green' bags and jeans using 'green' denim.
5. A college-wide sustainability council will make recommendations for and promote environmental and green initiatives; oversee sustainability conferences; and administer a grant fund which supports faculty and staff proposals that address sustainability issues.
6. Students will create a green promotional campaign highlighting existing energy and climate change initiatives. This promotional campaign will target all FIT constituents and will be run for at least one semester.
This broad-based initiative supports FIT's commitment to sustainability as well as the Mayor's sustainability plan for New York City. Participating in CGI U and making a Commitment to Action is a logical progression in a series of green activities that have taken place at FIT over the last few years. It will further galvanize action around sustainability on campus-especially as it relates to students and the academic community at large. Existing activities at FIT include: two sustainability conferences, with a third planned for Spring 2009; an active sustainability listserv for faculty; some existing courses in green packaging design, lighting, ecology, and international corporate responsibility; several student design projects incorporating green perspectives, materials and/or fabrics; a series of activities to reduce energy consumption on campus; and supporting recycling through the installation of recycling bins and the use of recycled paper in FIT's print shop. By placing all of these discrete initiatives - and new ones - under one umbrella and under the aegis of a newly-formed sustainability council, FIT will highlight and promote them, thus significantly enriching its sustainability agenda over the next three years.
1. MA Program in Sustainable Interior Environments
June 2009 -May 2012. Development of new curriculum for approval by college governance, Board of Trustees, SUNY and SED; program launched in September 2010; projected cohort of 20 students each in years one and two. (Some courses may be offered in Milan, Italy during year two).
2. Sustainability Curriculum Database
September 2009 - August 2010. Submission by faculty/departments of curricular materials on sustainability; organization of materials, development of database and placement on website.
3. Green Roofs
August 2009 - August 2010. Install green roofs on two academic buildings.
4. Designing and Producing 'Green' Bags - Student Competition
September 2009- December 2010. Guidelines are created; competition is run; Style Shop and Merchandising Society seek industry sponsor to produce bags; bags are produced and distributed at Faculty Convocation and sold in FIT Style Shop.
Designing and Producing Sustainable Jeans - Student Competition
February 2010- June 2011. Guidelines are created and competition is run. Several class projects take place simultaneously: Textile Development and Marketing students fine-tune the fabric for production; Advertising and Marketing Communication students create marketing campaign; graphic design students develop hang tags; and Technical Design students create a production pack. Attempts will be made to obtain a retailer to produce and sell a small run of the winning design.
5. Sustainability Council /Sustainability Grants
September 2009 - May 2012. Sustainability council and ,000 per year sustainability grant fund is announced. Council administers grant fund and plans annual sustainability conferences. Council also serves as an advisory group on sustainability/green initiatives.
6. Green Promotional Campaigm
September 2010 - June 2011. As a class project, students will create a promotional campaign to highlight existing energy, climate change and recycling initiatives on campus; it will be implemented campus-wide.
This commitment will be evaluated against the following targets:
New MA Program. 20 students enrolling each year for two years with an 80% graduation rate (16 students per cohort).
Green Roofs. Two green roofs will be installed by the end of the commitment period.
Sustainability Database. Year one will serve as a baseline for the number of faculty submitting materials for inclusion in the database. This will increase by 20% in year two and 30% in year three.
Number of grant proposals submitted each year - 8-10; Number of grant proposals funded each year -3.
Design Competition ('green' bags). A minimum of 500 bags will be sold in the Style Shop and distributed by FIT's book store and at Faculty Convocation.
Design Competition (sustainable jeans). A small run of 200 jeans will be distributed by an industry partner.
Sustainability Conference. Year one will yield 300 participants and will grow by 20% in year two and 20% in year three.
Promotional Campaign. There will be an increase in the amount of recycling on campus and a reduction in energy consumption in year three.
Best Practice Information
Best Practice Information
Faculty can serve as resources in many areas of sustainability including: apparel, sustainable interior environments, life cycle, packaging, lighting, sourcing, textile marketing, and ecology and environmental problems.