A Sustainable Spring Break

Despite the well-worn stereotype, not all college students spend their spring break relaxing on a beach.

In fact, for the first time this March, a group of LIM College students will take part in an Alternative Spring Break program that combines learning and service.

The group, which will also include alumni, will travel to the Textile Lab in Beacon, New York. Textile Lab is a design and consulting company that supports environmentally responsible textile methods, and regional systems of production, with a small laboratory situated on a farm in the Hudson Valley, about two hours north of Manhattan.

While there, students will get a taste of community-based farming and agricultural duties, as well as participate in workshops and hands-on activities on textile sustainability.

After learning about sustainability methods and practices from Laura Sansone, the Textile Lab’s owner, the students will apply their newly gained knowledge by repurposing old fabric using natural dyes. Sansone will also introduce participants to internships and job opportunities in the sustainable textile industry.

Chrystle Greene, Assistant Director of Student Life, developed this program because she wanted to create an experiential learning opportunity for students outside of New York City at a time they would be able to take part in it.

This is the Alternative Spring Break program’s pilot year. It is open exclusively to transfer students and sophomores. In coming years, Greene says she hopes to be able to expand the program to include more students.

For more information on LIM College’s Alternative Spring Break, email chrystle.greene@limcollege.edu.