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April 22, 2014

Apparel, textiles and interior design brings together climate change, environmental sustainability education round table

Submitted by Jane P. Marshall

Project director Melody LeHew and co-directors Kim Hiller and Barbara Anderson organized and hosted the Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Education Round Table recently in Dallas.

The event brought together fiber, textile and clothing educators, climate/environmental scientist educators, and fiber, textile and clothing industry professionals to gain feedback regarding key gaps in science-based environmental sustainability knowledge and skills of fiber, textile and clothing educators and undergraduate students.

The information will inform the work of the project team as they create professional development program and educational resources to accelerate infusion of environmental sustainability competencies into fiber, textile and clothing programs nationwide.

Anderson, head of the apparel, textiles and interior design department in the College of Human Ecology; LeHew, associate professor; and Hiller, assistant professor, worked with co-directors from Oklahoma State University and Texas State University. The event is part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture Higher Education Challenge Grant program.