Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise: Businesses as Agents of Change

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Mills Courtyard and Granite State Room, University of New Hampshire, Durham
In conjunction with UNH’s Reuse and Repair Fair, a day of programming around the Worn Wear Truck (10:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.), the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise is hosting an early evening keynote and panel event (5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) 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.

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) to be a stop on the Spring 2017 “Worn Wear College Road Tour.” 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.

UNH’s Reuse and Repair Fair
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Mills Courtyard

Join us at the Worn Wear Truck for repairs, outdoor adventure gear, games and info tables.

Evening Events
5:00 p.m. to  6:30 p.m. | Granite State Room:

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.


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Colleen Vien
Director of Sustainability, Timberland



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Amy Hall

Director of Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER


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Stewart Sheppard

Fabrics sustainability team, W.L. Gore & Associates


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Betsy Blaisdell
​Vice President, Product, Sustainable Apparel Coalition




Fiona Wilson

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


Panel will be followed by a reception for students and participants to meet the speakers.

The evening event is co-sponsored by the UNH Women's Studies Program and  New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.