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Sustainable Design: Home resource created especially for the design community to encourage critical thinking and responsible acts on social, environmental, and economic dimensions of our global society

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Power Point Introduction to the Research Guide

About this guide

This guide is an aid in the research of products and processes toward the objective of sustainable design.  Resources highlight the interdependence of social, environmental, and economic responsibility, often referred to as the "triple bottom line" or "three pillar" model of sustainability and distinct from the concept of green design with focus primarily or exclusively on environmental impact. 

Social responsibility is used to refer to social equity, health consequences, policies and labor practices of corporations, and the effects of products, processes, and materials on people and their communities.  Individuals, communities, and their environments are affected through resource acquisition; manufacture, production, and distribution; installation, use, and maintenance; and end use or disposal life cycle of material

Those interested in sustainability at FIT can join an email list by going to the website and clicking the link:

It is not the intention of this resource to promote or endorse any one designer or source of information.

Events & Announcements

Other FIT Sustainability and Environmental Initiatives:

FIT has a number of initiatives to promote sustainability both on and off campus.  More information on some of these initiatives may be found at   

Tech-FIT -  Advancing Design-Related Technological Education: A Three-Way Partnership. This NSF-ATE project, led by Karen Pearson (PI) and Elaine Maldonado (Co-PI), has been designed to better prepare FIT graduates to meet new industry demands for the design, development, and manufacture of green and sustainable products. Find out more about how the project is focused on motivating students at the college, 85% of whom are female, to persist in the study of science and to improve their skills.

•  Look for FIT’s Annual FIT Sustainability Conference TBA

Freecycle Art Supplies Old art supplies, foam core, fabric, paper, mat boards, wallpaper, markers, pencils, etc., can be brought to Room A739 of the Department of Student Life to share with the FIT community. Contact Professor J. Philip Milio for more information.

 • Sustainability at FIT  SustainabilityatFIT was established by Arthur Kopelman, PhD in conjunction with the FIT Sustainability Group, a forerunner of the current Faculty Senate Ad-Hoc Sustainability Committe, to inculcate the concepts of sustainability into all aspects of what we do at FIT.  Those interested can join an email list by going to the website and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.   

 • FIT Sustainability Council  The Sustainability Council was established by the Office of the President to develop and foster sustainability initiatives throughout the FIT community.  Grazyna Pilatowicz and Robert Vassalotti, Co-Chairs.

 • FIT Faculty Senate Committee on Sustainability The committee's responsibilities are

  •    to initiate, develop, and recommend policies and procedures for best practices in sustainability-related issues across all areas of the college.
  •    to develop and maintain a sustainability handbook.
  •    to initiate and support the dissemination of pertinent information regarding sustainability in the college community.

Sustainable Design Club at FIT   Seeks students interested in developing ideas and supporting projects, discussions or speakers.  Marlene Middlemiss & Georgia Kalivas are co-faculty advisors.  Email for information.

• UNWANTED MAIL: Identify the mail you wish to stop receiving and contact Patrick Watson 7-4764 at the Mail Center for more information.

Contributions to the Resources in Sustainable Design have been made by:

MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci,PhD, Interior Design Department

Arno Kastner, Assistant Professor-Librarian & Sustainable Design Faculty Liaison

Lana Bittman, Assistant Professor-Head of Electronic and Serials Resources, Gladys Marcus Library

Special thanks to Helen Lane, Head of Research & Instruction Services for her guidance in constructing the guide.



The creation and development of this guide is supported by FIT Faculty Development Grant program and funding by the FIT President's Sustainability Council.

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