About Arlene



Did you know we have a fabulous MA in SD instructor who lives in Brussels (but hails from Iowa) who is a former Fulbright scholar and renowned background story teller of sustainable products and companies? We do. Her name is Arlene Birt and you need to know more about her and her inspiring work.

Check out her TedxFulbright Talk about Visualizing Sustainability that she recently gave in Washington, DC:

Learn more about Arlene.

Arlene Birt’s new course Visual Communications for Sustainability is open for registration. It runs for 10 weeks from June 9-August 15 and is offered 100% online.

Cindy Gilbert / Former Director

Cindy is founder and director of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Recent clients include The Lemelson Foundation, VentureWell, Green Building Research Institute, University of Montana, PBS, Silverback Films, and more. Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry.

Cindy was the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program for 7.5 years 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 fostered a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. Before MCAD, 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. Please contact her through LinkedIn.