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Who Made My Clothes?

On Friday, April 24th, from 6:15-9:30pm, local small businesses, activists, and students will come together in the Twin Cities to participate in Fashion Revolution Day on the anniversary of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse. This will be Minnesota’s first Fashion Revolution Day event, to be held at the Minnesota Textile Center in Minneapolis. Learn more: www.fashrevmpls.eventbrite.com


Summer Biomimicry Course

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be offering a 10-week course, Introduction to Biomimicry, this summer. It will be taught by new MASD faculty, Tim McGee, co-founder of LikoLab. Course description In this course students learn how to abstract functional strategies from nature to apply to the process of innovative design. This project-oriented studio course


Visit Us at LivingFuture 2015

How would nature design adaptive human communities? Lessons from the super organism. Denise DeLuca (MCAD SD faculty),  Ilaria Mazzoleni and Tamsin Woolley-Barker will share an aspirational session that explores how human communities can find inspiring new models of social planning and architectural organization from ultra-social creatures like ants, honeybees, and mycelial fungi, and the ecosystems


FREE Online Biomimicry Course!

We are proud to announce that MCAD is partnering with Canvas.net to offer a FREE, open online course for the first time entitled, Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology. This course will be a fun introduction to biomimicry, a sustainability framework where we learn from nature’s best design ideas to help us solve human design challenges.

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MASD Webinar: February 17 @7pm CT

Hi y’all! 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 February 17 @7pm CT. Cindy promises to field all questions at that time. Just try to stump her! Sign up in



We are delighted to announce that the Minneapolis College of Art and Design has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world.  Through membership in AASHE, MCAD will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout


Welcome New MA Students!

We are very proud of our newest cohort (entering Spring 2015; start on Tuesday, January 20th) of MASD students. Take a moment to meet them by perusing their profiles listed below. Welcome students! Ricky Ledesma (Maryland) – Is about affordable and accessible 3D printing. Claire Lukens (Minnesota) – Loves the tiny house movement. Ben Marquardt


Congrats 2014 MASD Graduates!

A big congratulations to our twelve December 2014 graduates. We couldn’t be more proud of you and your work! It was especially delightful to have 7 students attend the commencement ceremony in person last week. Completed Summer 2014: Jerad Carlson’s thesis was titled, “Whole Earth Sports: Developing a Product-Service for a Sustainable Focused Sports Brand.”


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