FREE Online Biomimicry Course!

We are proud to announce that MCAD is partnering with 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


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.