Spotlight on Sustainable Design

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As designers, we understand that design has the inherent power to transform our behaviors and to shape our culture. It is why we have both a responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to use that power to ignite change and to communicate the importance of sustainability to individuals, corporations, society, the environment and ourselves.

In recognition of excellent sustainable and socially responsible design work occurring around the world, the AIGA (Re)designAwards honor designers, educators and students that use their creative influence to make a positive impact on our environment and society. This national design competition shines a spotlight on design that challenges us to rethink the world and our choices.

In 2013, AIGA Minnesota will host the national (Re)designAwards. We need a cadre of volunteers to organize and mount this important event featuring sustainable design from across the country. Started in 2009 by AIGA Colorado and hosted by AIGA Los Angeles in 2011, it’s AIGA Minnesota’s time to shine.

Become a part of this stellar awards competition and gala event and share your passion for sustainability and socially responsible design. Join us for our kick-off meeting on Monday, July 16 from 7–8:30 pm at the International Market Square (IMS), Conference room B and learn how you can get involved. (IMS is located at 275 Market Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405)

Please RSVP for the kick-off meeting to Lisa Valley at An AIGA membership is required to participate on the committee.

For questions about the (Re)designAwards or other ways to get involved, contact Amy Dritz at

Amy Dritz

Amy Dritz has been a professional graphic designer for over 12 years, having spent most of her career as an in-house graphic designer for Three Rivers Park District, an environmentally-focused regional park system in Minnesota. She currently is senior graphic designer for Metro Transit (Minneapolis) where she focuses on design and brand management of marketing and communications pieces. Amy believes she should practice what she promotes every day: environmental stewardship and a healthy lifestyle, and is constantly pushing her design work to be more sustainable. In addition, she advocates for positive design as the associate director of Sustainability for AIGA Minnesota. In this role, she and her group of volunteer graphic designers develop programming opportunities for creative professionals to learn more about sustainable design. As a sustainable designer, she’s interested in raising industry standards by facilitating and leading the collaborative processes that sustainably-minded companies use to bring innovative new products and services to market. Amy is committed to sustainability as a social change movement and is interested in how designers might better engage with communities. She earned a BFA in Art and Graphic Design from Southwest Minnesota State University and is a MA Candidate in MCAD’s Sustainable Design program. Amy is based in Minnesota.