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Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact:ReFashion Week NYC
FIT’s 16th annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: Pathways to Impact centers on four core themes that highlight the intersectionality of sustainable practices. Over the course of two intensive days, attendees will be immersed in keynotes, talks, and panel discussions providing pathways to Social Justice x Social Responsibility, Environment x Materials, Consumption x Waste, and Design x Business. The speakers are trailblazers in numerous facets of sustainability and emphasize the FIT community’s commitment to best practices in all its operations—including student projects, faculty and staff initiatives, and campus facilities.
ReFashion Week NYC talk with Julie Raskin, Executive Director, Sanitation Foundation, NYC Department of Sanitation, and Alissa Westervelt, Senior Manager, donateNYC, Bureau of Recycling & Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation.
Julie Raskin joined the Sanitation Foundation in 2019. Prior to that, she worked at American Express in partnership marketing and at the New York City Parks Department on sustainability projects and on a public-private partnership to install free public Wi-Fi in parks citywide. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University, received an MBA from New York University, and is a recipient of the Waste360 40 Under 40 Award.
Alissa Westervelt is the senior manager of donateNYC, a New York City Department of Sanitation program that supports donations, reuse, and NYC’s Zero Waste Goals. In this role Alissa spearheads ReFashion Week NYC, an annual event celebrating low waste and sustainable fashion. With an MS in Environmental Policy from The New School and a career in the food industry, Alissa joined the Department of Sanitation in 2018 to help launch the donateNYC Food Portal. She has raised the profile of donateNYC through public events, outreach campaigns, environmental impact reporting, and disaster response. Alissa specializes in textile waste, food systems, and circularity.
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