Why we need art teachers

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” To achieve these goals, we have developed standards, certifications, accreditations, guidelines, and tools. These focus on science and statistics, math and markets. They represent the “head and hands” or the “what and

Value or Values?

What’s the return on investment?  What’s the bottom line? What’s the value?  No matter what decision you are trying to make, you’re supposed to ask these questions. The underlying assumption is that of all things in the world, money is the most important parameter, the ultimate measure of the value of something.  What do you believe

Jobs for a Sustainable Future

In last week’s blog, Education for a Sustainable Future, I said that the promise of new or increased revenue-generating opportunities is not why most people join the program. Though this is true, it is also true that the future of opportunities for people trained in sustainable design is promising. What trends are happening in the

Education for a Sustainable Future

Many people considering our program wonder if and why they should get an MA in Sustainable Design (MASD), rather than an MBA or an MSSD.  Often first in their mind is what an MASD could do for their careers — what new or increased revenue-generating opportunities might become available? That is clearly a reasonable and important

Free education?

Seth Godin recently reminded us that many companies are doing the intelligent thing: reimbursing employees for educational expenses. As Seth points out in his blog post,  The math here is compelling: if an employee spends the time and effort to learn something, it not only benefits the employee (who gets to keep that knowledge and


Embrace Friction

This article is an excerpt from the Fast Company article published on October 27, 2017, entitled, “How a Broken Heart Helped Amy Wambach Find Her Passion” written by Diana Budds. “As the chief sustainability officer at Nike, Hannah Jones is rethinking how the athletic brand produces its products. At Nike, Jones has been working to


A Future Where Sustainability Is Standard Practice

All practice should be sustainable practice. (Consider that the reverse of that: all practice is unsustainable, which by definition means that unsustainable practice has no future.) This core principle underlies MCAD’s Sustainable Design program’s efforts, and guides our curriculum as we train the next generation of designers, innovators and creative thinkers. So it was a


MN Green Drinks Events: September

In Minnesota? Check out these incredible sustainability-focused offerings in September hosted by Twin Cities Green Drinks. Learn more about Twin Cities Green Drinks. SATURDAY Sept 9 ~ Open Streets Minneapolis 11am-5pm West Broadway Neighborhood, Mpls ~ FREE (Open Streets promotes healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation and civic pride. On multiple days throughout the year,


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


See You @AASHE 2016

MCAD and the MA in Sustainable Design program are proud to announce our involvement as a Host Sponsor for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2016 Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Oct. 9-12, themed “Beyond the Campus.” Join us! Stop by our MCAD table (#312) at the Expo to meet

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