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Grants Awarded

As a part of the Fashion Institute of Technology sustainability initiative of "FIT Goes Green: Infusing Sustainability into our Culture," an Annual Sustainability Grant Fund of $15,000 was established by President Brown.

May 2011 Sustainability Council Grant Recipients

The Sustainability Council is pleased to announce the following members of our community as Sustainability Grant Recipients. We truly hope you join us in congratulating them on their terrific initiatives that will help to shape the future of our campus in this important area.

  • Ban the Bottle and Take Back the Tap by Michael Cokkinos
    This project will oversee the installation and maintenance of water-bottle refilling stations on campus in order to reduce waste from plastic water bottles, decrease energy usage, preserve our environment, and enable our community to drink filtered water! The installation of water bottle refill stations on the FIT campus helps to reduce greenhouse gasses expended during the transport of bottled water, and the refrigeration of bottled water,  helps to preserve the environment, helps students to save money that would normally be spent on bottled water, and enables everyone to drink healthy, filtered water.
  • BookScan Station by Richard Grauer Jr. and Cheryl Pugh
    This project will oversee the installation and maintenance of the iVina BookScan station.  This will reduce the ecological and economic footprint of the FIT Library by providing a means of duplicating research materials without the use of toner and paper. It is also a cost containing initiative that reduces expenditures for non-eco friendly office supplies (toner and paper) and saves energy.  Savings can be reallocated to develop the book collections or other library services offered to the FIT community.

May 2010 Sustainability Grant Recipients

The Sustainability Council is pleased to announce the following members of our community as first-time Sustainability Grant Recipients. We truly hope you join us in congratulating them on their terrific initiatives that will help to shape the future of our campus in this important area.

  • Teaching Sustainability: A Cross Disciplinary Outreach by Karen Pearson and Elaine Maldonado
    This project will expand and maximize the benefits of FIT's National Science Foundational Award and better the greater FIT community by
    1) providing professional development for faculty seeking to infuse sustainability into the curriculum,
    2) expanding the campus conversation on sustainability and
    3) serving as a model for future activities at FIT, as well as at other institutions.
  • Green Studio Initiative by Laura Pineda, Brian Weissman and Sarah Abramson
    This project will lead to a smaller environmental footprint in the Jewelry Design studios at FIT. This grant will be used to implement changes in the studio that will reduce waste, recycle materials, limit the amount of chemicals used in the studio, and invite subject matter experts to educate the students and faculty on sustainable studio practices. These changes will educate our students in ethical practices that can be put to use in their personal studios in the future.
  • Building a Sustainable Design Resource: Partnering on the Next Generation of FIT Library Research Guides by MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci
    This project will build on the 2009 Sustainable Design Resource Guide collaboration with the FIT Library. This grant will be used to
    1) identify existing sustainability initiatives and personnel in FIT departments as contacts for the LibGuides resource site;
    2) identify additional or new proprietary and free access resources pertaining to specific programs in design needing information on relevant sustainability issues;
    3) create social networking and other active links to the LibGuides site to broaden and increase access to materials and types of media links available to the site, and
    4) promote the availability of the research guide.
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