Are Your Ready for the Summer?!

We are! We’re taking a break from blogging until August. Fall 2017 semester begins on August 28, with new student (online) orientation beginning on August 21. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 (early action deadline is October 1). Learn more about how to apply the MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program. Best wishes


The Pulse of Fashion

I had the immense pleasure of visiting the most bike-friendly city to attend the Copenhagen Fashion Summit this year which is a day devoted to learning and sharing about how global leaders in the fashion industry are trying to move the needle on environmental and social sustainability issues. Circular economy There was a big focus


String Survey @Northern Spark

Background Stories design collective members Jack Becker ’76, Nichole Goodwell, Randy Walker and MASD Faculty Arlene Birt (’03), are exploring the current climate crisis through a community outreach project during this June’s Northern Spark event. String Survey invites participants to answer a series of questions about our current climate crisis and witness how their personal stance on


Alumni Update: An Unexpected Turn

About five years ago, I began to feel that familiar pull that many designers do mid-career–the desire to put my skills to better use, toward doing Good Work, to further my own education. It wasn’t going to be financially possible to quit my job (someone had to pay that mortgage), so the online program at


Cheers, Graduates!

Congratulations to our newest MA in Sustainable Design alumni. We are very proud of your innovative work and look forward to seeing what sustainability-focused projects your future holds. Cheers! Jana Baecker’s thesis was titled, A Sustainable Diaper Service. (Advisor: Holly Robbins). Jana was the recipient of the 2017-18 MASD Van Derlip Award. Megan Beierle’s thesis


Katerva Award: SHE28 Wins!

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of serving as a judge on the Impact Panel for the Katerva Award, dubbed by Reuters as “The Nobel Prize for Sustainability.” I’m delighted to announce that Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE28) is the 2017 Grand Prize winner for the 2017 Katerva Awards. Congratulations, SHE28! SHE28 is a wonderful example


Free Sustainability Webinar

Sign up in advance to join our next online, informational webinar on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 pm 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


Biomimicry Challenge

Don’t miss your chance to win $100,000 and change the world using biomimicry. The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition that asks teams of students and professionals to address critical global issues with nature-inspired solutions. The challenge is hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Climate Change


This Week on Earth

Happy Earth Week! There are a few great educational events happening this week, that the MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) program is proud to sponsor and/or support, that we wanted you to know about. [Of course, these events are in addition to the historical March for Science that will take place in DC on April


Our Inner Scientist

Last week I had the pleasure of serving as a Montana State Science Fair judge for my 12th year. I try to do this every year because it brings me immense joy to see young people excited about -not just “science”- but about being curious and investigating “why?” questions that are of interest to them.

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