Course Title: Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

Georgia McCorkhill-

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

• Assessing & understanding ethical workplace criteria,
• Current sustainability theories and practice in relation to fashion industry,
• In-class workshop in creative design & recycling,
• Research into design philosophy and practice of one environmentally-focused designer,
• Environmental Management Systems. 

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:
Introduction to Sustainable Fashion
Assessment Requirements.
Film: An Inconvenient Truth
Week 2:
Lecture: Approaches to Sustainability
Fashion and Sustainability
Triple Bottom Line
Life Cycle Analysis
Cradle to Cradle
Corporate Social Responsibility
Design for Sustainability
Week 3:
Ethics & Fashion Production a Global Perspective
Film: China Blue + Discussion
Human Rights and Workers Rights Issues in the industry
Fairtrade principles, CSR models
Week 4:
Ethics & Fashion Production in Australia
(Speaker: Ethical Clothing Australia)
Assignment handout: Approaches to Sustainability Quiz
Week 5:
Auditing for Ethics
Ethical Fashion organizations & crediting organisations
role of labelling in the textile industry (from Sifo in Norway)
Assignment Due: Approaches to Sustainability Quiz
Week 6:
Environmental Management Systems
Assignment handout: Environmental Management Systems Report (Group Work) 50%
Week 7:
Fibres & sustainability – devils in disguise
Synthetic fibres, Natural Fibres and Cellulosic fibres.
New textiles and Fabric Technologies.
Week 8:
Innovation in Production
Fashion on Demand & Mass customisation
Principles of Biomimicry in design.
Life Cycle Assessments
Supply chain
Week 9:
Using fashion sustainably
Problems in use
Case studies of designers and brands who positively influence the way garments are used
Hand out Assignment: Reflections on Sustainability MSFW
Week 10:
Reduce, reuse and recycle (+ rethink)
Waste management strategies, waste disposal & resource efficiency issues.
The global textile recycling chain.
Film: T-shirt travels + Discussion
Assignment due: Environmental Management Systems Assignment
Week 11 & 12:
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
Conduct independent research for Assignment 3: Reflection MSFW
Week 13:
Disposal: Fashion Wasted
Case Study: The Red Carpet Project
Sources of fashion waste
Properties of fibres in landfill
Design strategies to overcome fashion waste
Week 14:
Sustainable Consumption
The Story of Stuff
History of consumerism, Edward Berneys
Rethinking Fast: Slow Fashion/Slow Design
Local and/or Global/ Bioregionalism
Traditional craftsmanship including drapery
User-Creator possibilities / co-design
Design-led alternatives, multifunctional clothes
Assignment Due: Reflections on Sustainability MSFW
Assignment handout: Press Release
Week 15:
Systems thinking workshop
Whole Systems Design
1 Define the Problem
2 Prioritise Objectives
3 brainstorm solutions
4 Choosing between solutions
5 Repeat with different goals
Scenario mapping
Week 16:
Degrees of Sustainability?
Summary lecture of all topics covered
Revision and Conclusion.
Assignment due: Press Release

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Recommended texts: Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Design Journeys, Kate Fletcher  

Slow Living, Craig & Parkins

Sustainable Fashion: Why Now? Janet Hethorn & Connie Ulasewicz

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

Eco-chic the fashion paradox, Sandy Black

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. Approaches to Sustainability: Quiz: 10% due week 5
2. Environmental Management System Report 50% (group Work) due week 10
3. Reflections on sustainability at MSFW article 20% due week 13
4. Press Release 500 words 20% due week 15

Assessment Matrix

 Approaches to Sustainability: QuizEnvironmental Management System Report (Group work) Reflections on sustainability at MSFW: articlePress Release
Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage.    X X 
 Set targets for improvements  X  
 Implement performance improvement strategies. X    X
 Monitor performance.  X X 

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