UNH Repair Fair

03/21/2017 - 9:00am

UNH Repair Fair 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Repair Fair, Mills Courtyard
5-6:30 p.m. Keynote and Speaking Panel, MUB, Granite State Room

UNH Repair Fair
UNH has been selected as one of 21 top "Zero Waste" - focused campuses in the country by Patagonia and the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) (which was born out of UNH’s Trash 2 Treasure program, both the brainchild of 2013 UNH graduate, Alex Freid) to be a stop on the Spring 2017 “Worn Wear College Road Tour.” As you are probably aware, Worn Wear is an initiative by Patagonia to encourage individuals to become "owners" rather than "consumers" of products, by taking care of the things that they buy, valuing their durability, and repairing them when possible rather than consuming new resources to buy a new product. This tour of college campuses highlights Patagonia's Worn Wear initiative, a free program that offers free repairs of used clothing and outdoor adventure gear. As part of this initiative, they have a mobile repair vehicle, the Worn Wear Truck which will be coming to UNH for a day of related programming. 

In conjunction with UNH’s Reuse and Repair Fair, a day of programming around the Worn Wear Truck (10:00am – 5:00pm), the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise is hosting an early evening speaker event (5:00pm-6:30pm) for UNH students, staff, faculty, alumni and local community members which will feature both a short keynote address by Vincent Stanley, Patagonia’s Director of Philosophy, and a dialogue (panel) among experts from other apparel companies committed to sustainable practices. 

Keynote and Speaking Panel 
Better than New: Patagonia’s Journey Toward Responsibility: Keynote Address by Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy, Patagonia 
Vincent Stanley will tell the story of Patagonia’s early support for environmental activism and its journey towards progressively more responsible environmental and social practices. He’ll explore key turning points in the company’s 40-year history—and lessons learned from them. He’ll also define some of the challenges Patagonia—and all businesses—will face over the working life of the next generation. 
A Dialogue on Businesses as Agents of Change 
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has a vision for the apparel, footwear, and home textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. Members are fueled by a shared commitment to deep transparency, deep collaboration, and improvement. Industry players of all sizes—from multi-billion-dollar apparel holding companies to niche fashion brands grow and improve by sharing best practices and pooling collective knowledge. In this panel, New England members of the SAC will engage in a frank dialogue about the opportunities – and very real challenges – of the next frontier of sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. Learn how leading companies are already making innovative strides towards reducing their footprint on the earth, but also hear about the game-changing potential for SAC members to do much more to transform the industry from the ground up. 

•    Colleen Vien, Director of Sustainability, Timberland
•    Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER 
•    Stewart Sheppard, Fabrics sustainability team, W.L. Gore & Associates
•    Betsy Blaisdell, Vice President, Product, Sustainable Apparel Coalition 

Moderator: Fiona Wilson, Executive Director, UNH Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise/Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 


The evening event is co-sponsored by the UNH Women's Studies ProgramNew Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility and Post-Landfill Action Network.

The full day is co-hosted by the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and Net Impact along with the Sustainability InstituteUNHInnovation and the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise.


For more information, contact Faina Bukher at faina.bukher@unh.edu.