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Join TEA at 6:30PM this Thursday, April 10th in the Alumnae Lounge for a presentation on the apparel industry in Haiti.

Through our purchasing decisions we are linked to the world by global supply chains. The choices we make have vast ripple effects for large numbers of people with respect to their health and welfare, their ability to support their families, quality of their communities, and their country’s development pathways. The apparel industry occupies a central position in Haiti’s recovery from the 2010 earthquake, offering the prospect of poverty alleviation as the country pursues the goal of “building back better”. This talk will present observations from ongoing longitudinal case studies of innovation in apparel companies and explore implications for sustainable development.

Ann Rappaport is a core faculty member in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. She is interested in the dynamic relationship between laws and regulations and innovations that favor sustainability. Rappaport is a part of an interdisciplinary team evaluating programs to increase sustainability in global supply chains. She is the author of Development and Transfer of Pollution Prevention Technology, co-author of Corporate Responses to Environmental Challenges: Initiatives by Multinational Management, and co-author of Degrees That Matter: Climate Change and the University (MIT Press). She received her bachelors degree in environmental studies and Asian studies from Wellesley College, her masters degree in civil engineering from MIT and her doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University.

Thursday, April 10

Registration & Networking
6:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

Alumnae Lounge
Aidekman Arts Center
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford/Somerville Campus