Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: OHTH5461C

Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5220 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the outcomes required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSAENV472A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


1. Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify environmental regulations applying to the enterprise.
1.2 Assess procedures for assessing compliance with environmental regulations.
1.3 Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures, and provide to the work group where appropriate.
1.4 Measure and record current resource usage by members of the work group.
1.5 Analyse and record current purchasing strategies.
1.6 Analyse current work processes to access information and data and assist in identifying areas for improvement


2. Set targets for improvements.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialist.
2.2 Access external sources of information and data as required.
2.3 Evaluate alternative solutions to workplace environmental and ethical issues.
2.4 Set efficiency targets.


3. Implement performance improvement strategies.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Source techniques/tools to assist in achieving targets.
3.2 Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility and communicate ideas and possible solutions to the work group and management.
3.3 Integrate environmental and resource efficiency improvement plans for own work group and other operational activities and implement them.
3.4 Seek suggestions and ideas about environmental and resource efficiency management from stakeholders and act upon them where appropriate.
3.5 Implement costing strategies to fully value environmental assets.


4. Monitor performance.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Document outcomes and communicate reports on targets to key personnel and stakeholders.
4.2 Evaluate strategies.
4.3 Set new targets and investigate and apply new tools and strategies.
4.4 Promote successful strategies and reward participants where possible.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will be required to develop the skills and knowledge to address processes and techniques necessary to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices, including the development of processes and tools.
It includes:
• Indentifying areas for improvement
• Developing plans to make improvements
• Implementing and monitoring improvements in environmental performance

Details of Learning Activities

Environmental Assessment Audit, assessing ethical workplace criteria, current sustainability theories in relation to fashion industry and retail environment, hands-on workshop in creative design & recycling.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:
Introduction to unit.
Assessment Requirements.
Film: An Inconvenient Truth

Week 2:
Lecture: Approaches to Sustainability
People, Planet, Profit (Triple Bottom Line)
Cradle to Cradle principles
Life Cycle Assessments
Marketing sustainability: Green washing & transparency in relation to the Trade Practices Act
International assessment criteria for Environmental standards and the crediting organisations.
Assignment: Environmental Management Systems & Principles of Auditing

Week 3:
Environmental Management Systems (Group Research)
Standardising Environmental Factors in Fashion manufacturing
ISO 14001 (+ ISO 19011)
Principles of Auditing

Week 4:
Environmental Management Systems (Group Research)
ISO 14001
Practical application of auditing
(Audit preparation, surveys, post-audit & CAP) Monitoring

Week 5:
Environmental Management Systems (Group Research)
ISO 14001 Audit research

+ Lecture - Fashion & Sustainable possibilities.
Sustainability and the consumer
(Prep for Melbourne Fashion Week)

Week 6:
Melbourne Fashion Week
Assignment: Retail environment/Contemporary Sustainability

Week 7:
Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14001: Presentation of Audit Report.

Week 8:
Ethics & Fashion Production
Film: China Blue + Discussion

Week 9:
Ethics & Fashion Production
Human Rights and Workers Rights Issues in the industry
Auditing for Ethics – (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production - W.R.A.P.)
Fairtrade principles, Corporate Social Responsibility models
Ethical Fashion organizations & crediting organisations
Outworkers and fair wages & conditions (Ethical Clothing Australia)

Week 10:
Ethics & Fashion Production
Film: The dollar a day dress
Assignment: Short Essay topic


Week 11:
Lecture - Fibres & sustainability:
Manufactured fibres, Natural Fibres and Fibre ‘alternatives’.
New textiles and Fabric Technologies.
Film: T-Shirts (Consumer Power Compilation)

Week 12:
Lecture - Innovations in Production
Fashion on Demand & Mass customisation
Principles of Biomimicry in design.

Week 13:
Reduce, reuse and recycle (+ rethink):
Waste management strategies, waste disposal & resource efficiency issues.
The global textile recycling chain.
Precycling, packaging & Design strategies
Reducing the impact of use-phase

Week 14:
Rethinking Fast: Slow Fashion/Slow Design
Local and/or Global/ Bioregionalism
Traditional craftsmanship including drapery
User-Creator possibilities
Design-led alternatives, multifunctional clothes
Short essay due

Week 15:
Re-Design: Reduce, reuse, & recycle
Workshop: Creative design possibilities with fashion leftovers.

Week 16:
Degrees of Sustainability?
Revision and Conclusion.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Design Journeys, Kate Fletcher

Eco-chic the fashion paradox, Sandy Black

Slow Living, Perkins

Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? Janet Hethorn & Connie Ulasewicz

Designers, visionaries & other stories, A collection of sustainable design essays, Jonathan Chapman & Nick Grant

Environmental Management Systems: A Step by Step Guide to Implementation and Maintenance, Christopher Sheldon & Mark Yoxon

Biomimicry, Janine M. Benyus

Bioregional Solutions: For living on one planet, Pooran Desai

Environmental Law (Nutshells), Brenda Short

Modern Environmentalism: An Intro, David Pepper

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

This course comprises both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.

As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.

PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

1. Write up & present an Environmental Audit plan, schedule & report in groups of 4.
2. Short essay: Applying theory to practice.
3. Participation in class discussion & engagement with subject area + Retail environment in-class feedback.
4. Participation in workshop (Design Recycling) + prototype product

Assessment Matrix

 Assessment tasks


Elements of competency

Creative Design & Recycling + prototype product (30%)
Environmental audit plan & report (30%)Participation & Engagement with subject area + Retail environment feedback (30%)Short        essay 
Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage.  XXX
Set targets for improvements  XX 
Implement performance improvement strategies. XX  
Monitor performance.  XX 
Note: student must be competent in each Element of Copmpetecy to sucessfully complete this course

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