February 23, 2015
It takes over 700 gallons of water to manufacture one cotton t-shirt and one-third of a pound of pesticides to grow the cotton used for its production. The manufacturing process for a pair of jeans uses approximately 400 mega joules of energy and emits as much carbon dioxide as driving 78 miles. And that is only the beginning, since almost half of the environmental impact of an apparel item comes from consumer use and “end of life,” resulting in 14.3 million tons of textile waste generated every year in the United States alone. Curious to know what all this means and what we can do to limit the environmental and social impacts of the clothing we wear every day?
Textile Factory by Greenpeace International
This month, our forum will explore the subject of eco and ethical fashion. We will discuss the current state of the industry and introduce designers and manufactures working to build a greener future for the apparel sector. Don’t miss this intimate conversation and have your questions answered by thought leaders in the field of sustainable apparel.
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2014
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February 22, 2015
While each of the four speakers at February’s “Sustainable Career Tracks” meet-up brought a different set of professional experiences and life stories to the program, four main themes for a successful green career emerged: passion, hands-on engagement, communication skills, and networking.
Kevin Brennan, Training Specialist at the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) kicked off the evening. AEA’s services include energy audits, retro-commissioning, and energy efficiency upgrades, as well as full line of training and education, including Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification training, Passive House certification training, and weatherization courses.
An energetic energy efficiency BPI trainer, certified passive house trades-person, and active duty FDNY Firefighter, Kevin describes himself as an “energy efficiency nerd” who enjoys “getting all the different components working together.” His passion is the Passive House building standard, which he credits with being “the pinnacle of energy efficiency.” Kevin is an expert in air barriers and insulation, and his goal is to see energy efficient buildings be “as tight as possible.” Kevin’s desire to “create comfort and leave people with a better environment than when I walked in” is his key motivator. His career advice has two key ingredients: get training and “get your hands dirty.” He recommended checking AEA’s website for a vast array of upcoming training opportunities. (more…)