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.


Faculty Focus: Arlene Birt on Climate Science Communications

In the past few weeks, I’ve been transported from one distinct sector of sustainability communications to another -from the rural Midwest U.S. to the heart of Europe- with the support of a 2017 MASD Faculty Travel Grant. Presenting to climate scientists in Europe at the Copernicus Climate Change Service general assembly (C3S), and to organic


Meet Your Mentors

Our FREE, fully online, 4-week biomimicry course starts in a few days: Monday, March 20. (Still time to register!). I wanted to introduce you to the two mentors -Alyssa and Shannon- that will be joining me in the course to help with student engagement. Both mentors are alumni of MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable


#14: Don’t be Cool.

Originally published by Bruce Mau in 2008, this list of 43 recommendations rocked the design world. The Manifesto Project and his design firm continues to adapt, grow and evolve. We think this list applies to everyone who wants to lead a curious life, not just designers. An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau Allow

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