Sustainability and Social Responsibility

The long-term Impact of a Sustainability-focused Short-term Study Abroad Program

  • Lynn M Boorady (State University of New York College at Buffalo)
  • Nicholas Hall (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Jane Ledbury (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Grant Emerson (RMIT)


Four universities, each located in a different country, bonded together to create a project that would educate their respective students about sustainability in the fashion industry on a global scale. At that time, students showed an increased awareness and understanding of the global scope of the issues of sustainability and indicated that they wanted to carry this knowledge into their lives and workplace in the future. To determine the long term effect of the study abroad experience, questions were emailed to students one year after the program and they were asked to reflect once again on the experience. Responses showed that the students continue to re-evaluating their own behaviors and made changes in their lifestyle which positively the impact the environment. They stated that the experience has given them a more positive outlook on the fashion industry and it still informs their view on how they want to live their lives.

How to Cite:

Boorady, L. M., Hall, N., Ledbury, J. & Emerson, G., (2016) “The long-term Impact of a Sustainability-focused Short-term Study Abroad Program”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
08 Nov 2016
Peer Reviewed