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Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to our newest MA in Sustainable Design alumni. We are intensely proud of you and your hard work. We cannot wait to see the places you will go and the things that you will accomplish! Claire Lukens’ thesis was titled, Biking and the City: Increasing ridership as transportation through city implementation of assistance and

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FREE Sustainable Design Webinar

Sign up in advance to join our next online, informational webinar on Thursday, January 5 at 1pm CT about the 100% online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Hosted by Cindy Gilbert, director of MA in Sustainable Design Program, and Mary Kazura, associate director of

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Faculty Focus: MASD Director Goes to Antarctica

This fall Cindy Gilbert, director of MCAD’s master of arts in sustainable design program, joined a small team that is working on a multi-year, multi-million dollar documentary about the life of Adélie penguins. Based at a remote field site in Antarctica, the team of four spent three weeks capturing the migration of the penguins from

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Alumni Update: Dawn Keene

Master of Arts in Sustainable Design (MASD) alum, Dawn Keene, (’13) was recently featured in Graphic Design USA’s digital magazine in the article Responsible Design Matters No Matter What You Call It. Dawn says, “…I pursued and completed a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and it

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Don’t Miss our Next Webinar: Nov 16

Sign up in advance to join our next MA in Sustainable Design informational webinar. Visit this page and scroll down to your preferred webinar date. Hosted by Cindy Gilbert, director of MA in Sustainable Design Program, and Mary Kazura, associate director of Admissions. Upcoming webinar dates: November 16 December 6 February 7 Image courtesy of

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Faculty Focus: Re-Aligning Business with Nature @Net Impact

It’s the time of year when the MA in Sustainable Design program faculty and get to repeatedly dive into reviewing thesis proposals and drafts. Regardless of the current state of their work, it is clear that every student in the program aspires to make the world a better place, to have an impact, perhaps to

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5 Awesome Design Tweaks that Help the Planet

This humorous take on biomimicry was originally written and published by Grist on September 15, 2016. Sustainable designers are like do-gooder secret agents. Infiltrating fields as varied as architecture, fashion, product design, healthcare, and transportation, sustainable designers dream up creations that are good news for humankind and the environment. They “maximize the quality of the

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See You @AASHE 2016

MCAD and the MA in Sustainable Design program are proud to announce our involvement as a Host Sponsor for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2016 Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Oct. 9-12, themed “Beyond the Campus.” Join us! Stop by our MCAD table (#312) at the Expo to meet

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Faculty Focus: Co-Creating and Re-Aligning

I teach Biomimetic Design (the technical side of sustainable design) and Creative Leadership (the social side of sustainable design) for MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design (MASD) Program. Without taking either of these classes, Stefanie Koehler (MASD ’13) managed to design a technically innovative biomimetic water purifier along with a bio-inspired social enterprise for

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40 Trillion Cans

WASTE. The sheer volume of waste in the world is staggering. Our addiction to cheap, disposable goods and the ‘buy-use-toss’ cycle is frightening. The ~$12 billion value of waste is heartbreaking. The prediction that, by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish, by weight, in the ocean is down right depressing. On that note,

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