TriplePundit is continuing our focus on sustainability in the fashion and apparel industry for the rest of 2014. We have explored sustainability trends in fashion throughout the lifecycle: from the cotton fields all the way to the landfill. Water, is one of the most important and overlooked ingredients in fashion. How are fashion brands looking to work with the challenges of water conservation? With cotton and other crops? What are some of the ways companies are reducing, exploring less water-intensive textiles and working within a circular economy?
6:30 – 7:00 – beers, wine and networking
7:00 – 8:00 – fireside chat and Q&A
8:00 – 8:30 – networking
About our guests
Deb Johnson, Brooklyn Fashion+Design Accelerator
Debera Johnson is Pratt’s Academic Director of Sustainability and has been working across the institute to implement Pratt’s strategic commitment to link the greening of its campus with greening of its academic programs. She is leading the vision for Pratt’sCenter for Sustainable Design Studies and Research (CSDS) – an open source regional resource center for educators and designers. She was the chair of the Industrial Design Program at Pratt from 1998 to 2005 and serve as chair of the NYC chapter of the IDSA, the education director for IDSA Northeast region and strategic director for education for the “Designers Accord”. She founded PALS (Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability) an international group of educators envisioning the future of art and design education and also developed the new Certificate in Design Entrepreneurship program at Pratt.
Inka Apter, Eileen Fisher
Facilitating Manager of Fabric R&D at Eileen Fisher, 15+ years with the company, sourcing and developing fabrics with mills across the globe; My passion for fibers, textiles and know-how of textile industry has grown into quest for ever more beautiful and sustainable product leading me into new adventures with like-minded producers and new frontiers of development. Very grateful to work in a company that strongly supports sustainability at every level while maintaining unique design esthetic and high quality criteria.
On a personal history level, I was born in Dubrovnik, what was then Yugoslavia and now Croatia. I studied ethnology , cultural anthropology and textile restoration but found career outside the academic sphere. My job at EF has allowed me to seamlessly blend passion for textiles with desire to protect the environment and reduce waste.
Paul Gallay, Riverkeeper
Paul and the Riverkeeper team work to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supplies for nine million New Yorkers. An attorney and educator, Paul has dedicated himself to the environmental movement since 1987, when he left the private practice of law and went to work for the New York State Attorney General. In 1990, Paul began a ten-year stint at New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, where he brought hundreds of corporate and government polluters to justice. Paul subsequently spent a decade in the land conservation movement before becoming Riverkeeper’s President in 2010. Paul is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia Law School and has held a number of teaching positions, including his current appointment with The Beacon Institute/Clarkson University.
Impact Hub is a shared workspace, events platform and local/global community network for individuals who believe in the power of collaboration and innovative business solutions to accelerate social change. The first Impact Hub was founded in London in 2005 and has evolved into a rapidly expanding global network of over 8,000 professional members in 50 shared workspaces (and growing) – from Amsterdam to Johannesburg, Singapore to Mexico City.
Through our global association and the shared principles of innovation, collaboration and courageous action, we are building a movement. We believe that a better world can be created through the combined accomplishments of compassionate, creative and committed individuals focused on a common purpose – taking a leadership role towards our shared future and making a positive impact.