Sustainability
Literacy
Crash
Course

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This is a pilot crash course consisting of:

1 hour per week for 3 weeks:

  • April 17, 4pm EST
  • April 24, 4pm EST
  • May 1, 4pm EST

You become both a researcher and an advocate. Become a professional troublemaker.

Background reading: what is Sustainability Literacy?

Fashion—like all global industries—is a complex system that requires dismantling at many levels. In this course we will start with a strong understanding of context; what are we working with here, and lay out the major issues to move towards a system which is Good for the Earth, Good for the People. Solutions come in the form of system design—it’s a form of design thinking applied to systems.

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Crash Course Curriculum

  • 3 classes
  • 1h / week
  • Office hours

Goals of the class — How to make a difference?

  • Have a strong understanding of context: what are we working with here, fashion is a complex system that requires dismantling at many levels
  • Solutions come in form of system designs, it’s a new form of design thinking applied to systems
  • You become both a researcher and an advocate
  • Become a professional troublemaker

Class 1: Introduction to Sustainability Literacy

  • Sustainability 101 / Fashion
  • Fashion includes 4 different sector: agriculture, import / export (shipping industry), manufacturing and labor, retail and sales)
  • Defining all different systems

Class 2: Fashion & Waste-Led Design

  • Circular design
  • Material science & process
  • Human-Centered Design

Class 3: Fashion & Labor

  • Unions
  • Risk analysis with abroad manufacturing OAR (Open Apparel Registry)
  • Fair trade
  • Certifications
  • What is the difference between minimum wage, living wage and fair trade?

Who is the audience?

  • The future professional troublemaker in their respective field
  • Savvy but uneducated in sustainability
  • Industry
  • Public