Making the Business Case for Sustainability

Wendy Jedlička (CPP, MIM) is a front-line sustainable packaging designer. We recently caught up with her to discuss her fully online course devoted to the subject, Making the Business Case for Sustainability. SDO: What is your class about and who is it for? Wendy: The class is about diving into the innovation advantages business schools

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Learning Their Place

I’ve recently learned about an exciting new project  — a radio documentary called Learning Their Place. The goal is to document the voices of the next generation as they grow up under the weight of massive environmental change, and to showcase the impassioned, multicultural, engaged and inspiring environmental leaders of the future. “It’s our children


AASHE 2014 Highlights: Breakout Sessions

This morning (10/27), waking up to Portland’s public radio station, KOPB, I heard a news item talking about the AASHE 2014 annual conference, as well as a bit about the Mayer of Portland, Charlie Hales, proclaiming the Week of October 27th — Sustainability Week! In addition to celebrating sustainability here in Portland, on the ballot


AASHE 2014 Highlights: Citizen Muscle

On Sunday night (October 26) nearly 2,000 participants gathered at the Portland OR convention center to hear keynote speaker Annie Leonard (Story of Stuff, and now Greenpeace director) at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference. This annual gathering is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America.


Webinar: The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey to the Circular Economy: An Innovative Methodology to Guide Businesses in the Transition to a Circular Economy Please join (and support!) Shari Welsh, a recent MASD grad (’14), who was selected to present a new methodology -developed as part of her Master’s thesis- at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s online Disruptive Innovation Festival.

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  Want to join the MASD program? We are currently accepting applications from prospective students for this 100% online program devoted to sustainability-focused design. Deadline to apply for Spring 2015 entrance is November 1, 2014. Spring semester begins January 20, 2015. Contact us Contact sustainable_design[at] for more information.   Learn more Cindy Gilbert from MCAD

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MASD Webinar: October 21 @7pm CT

Hear ye, hear ye… Join Cindy Gilbert, director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design Program, for a 1-hr informational webinar about the fully online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design degree offered by MCAD. Webinar is scheduled for October 21 @7pm CT. Cindy promises to field all questions at that time! Just try to stump her Sign



NEW!!! Spring 2015 entrance. Deadline to apply: November 1, 2014. Join an upcoming webinar to learn more. Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is pushing the design envelope with their new Master of Arts in Sustainable Design—an interdisciplinary, studio design-oriented degree that is also offered completely online. The Designers Accord talks to Director (and


The Bees Knees @MCAD

For the last few months, MCAD’s roof has been abuzz with active beehives in an effort to expand the population of bees. If we happen to one day be able to harvest some honey, it will be an even sweeter deal for everyone. Congratulations to Diana Eicher for spearheading this project at MCAD! The MASD


Biomimicry for the Built Environment

I’m pleased to announce that MASD instructor, Denise DeLuca, and myself, director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program have developed a 2-hour, on-demand, fully online course on the topic of biomimicry for architecture and the built environment entitled, EcoBalance and Biomimicry: Inspired by Nature  for the Green Building Research Institute. This course provides Continuing