Sustainability, Style and Technology

Worksite Location
Most of the work will be done on campus, but county visits will be made as needed.
Faculty Sponsor
Tasha L. Lewis, Assistant Professor, Fiber Science & Apparel Design
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Charlotte Coffman, Senior Extension Associate, Fiber Science & Apparel Design
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte, New York City; Other CCE associations to be recruited as youth self-identify through registration for the Deconstruction/Reconstruction course, offered through Focus for Teens, Career Explorations
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Dr. Tasha Lewis' research of the apparel supply chain focuses on processes that support sustainability in the production and end-of-life stages of fashion products and the impact of disruptive technologies on the industry. Her research currently examines the connection between the North American fashion economy and the secondhand clothing market in Haiti, where used clothing from the U.S. is resold. This research has revealed the value of technological tools in creating a sustainable process that allows for the design, production and distribution of upcycled apparel. For this summer research, Prof. Lewis will test a technology-enabled process for the (1) virtual design of apparel from used clothing components, (2) the utility calculation from fabric and other secondhand garment materials in the design process, and (3) development of a consumer-facing digital application that will allow for personal wardrobe management to encourage sustainable purchase decisions as well as the re-purposing and re-use of apparel. The intention is to engage the intern in research and also in the process of extension program design through the development and implementation of a Focus for Teens, Career Explorations course and the pilot testing through the CCE associations of a consumer-facing digital application.

Roles and Responsibilities

The intern working on this project will:
- Review literature and case studies on the topics of textile and apparel waste, the international secondhand clothing market, and entrepreneurship using re-purposed and upcycled clothing
- Explore clothing design and pattern development using recycled components
- Work with faculty and graduate students to develop an experiential course for teens
- Interact with pilot test participants to collect data on the feasibility of digital applications for consumers

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

- Must be a full time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.
- An interest in sustainability issues directly related to the fashion industry
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Benefits and Skills

- Connections with research and extension faculty and educators
- Understanding how Cornell Cooperative Extension works
- Increased knowledge of apparel sustainability, global clothing markets, virtual design technologies and digital resources for consum