This Week on Earth

Green Graphic & Packaging Design

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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 22 (and satellite communities) – learn more].

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Will you be in Minneapolis this Earth Day? Looking for something cool and informative to do?

Join MASD faculty, Holly Robbins and Wendy Jedlicka, along with many other folks for Earth Tones: A sustainable design retreat. This sustainability-focused event will run from 9a-10p CDT on April 22.

The MASD program is a proud sponsor of this event.

 

Portland, Oregon

It’s Design Week Portland time and MASD alum (’13), Stefanie Koehler, will be presenting “Sustainable design is…” on April 23 at 2p PDT.

“It’s about looking at the interconnected, interdependent systems that we and all the stuff we create is a part of. It’s more than just doing less environmental harm, but rather doing more good. Doing more good with less. It’s about designing better social systems while restoring the environment. It’s about seeing ourselves as a part of nature, not apart from nature. We humans are nature too.”

The MASD program is a proud sponsor of this event.

 

Bainbridge Island (Seattle area), Washington

Practitioner of biomimicry and MASD faculty, Denise DeLuca, has created a new book mapping the steps we can take to re-align ourselves with nature in our everyday lives, and showing how that may help solve the world’s problems. And, in her book, each step is illustrated with a delightful drawing by MASD alum (’13), Stefanie Koehler.

To learn more about Denise and her book, come to her upcoming talk at Eagle Harbor Books on Sunday April 23rd at 3pm. If you cannot attend this event, listen to this free podcast about the book.

The MASD program is a proud supporter of this work.

 

Anywhere (with Internet), planet Earth

Especially if you’re planning on entering the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (by April 30!), you’ll want to attend this FREE webinar all about Applying Nature’s Unifying Patterns, hosted by the Biomimicry Institute. The webinar takes place on April 20 at 10a MDT.

The MASD program and faculty are proud to support the BGDC by providing a free online introductory biomimicry course (just ended this past weekend!), as well as serving as team mentors and challenge judges. Good luck to everyone who will enter the competition.

 

Have a wonderful, educational Earth Week!

Peace.

 

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Cindy Gilbert / Director

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. The MASD program blends theory, practice and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.

Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana.