Planting Seeds for Minds, Hearts and Hands

When I think about what a community needs to be healthy, sustainable and thriving, my mind goes immediately to food. You don’t have a 4th of July celebration without food and you don’t have a community without it either. But how do we get these healthy foods? Where do they come from? Who grows them?


Student Spotlight: Blogging for Sustainability

During my spring 2012 semester in the Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program at MCAD, I had the opportunity to deepen my engagement in social media through a practicum with Joshua Foss from Metro Hippie. Josh is an adjunct faculty member of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design and teaches the Introduction to Sustainable Design


Student Spotlight: Perspectives from a Learning Journey

When I try to explain to friends and family what sustainability is, I try to avoid the definition of being ‘green’ because everyone automatically assumes I am a hippie and am going to chain myself to a tree. I define sustainability in a broader sense, not just in terms of meeting today’s needs without compromising

Alumni Update: NYFW GreenShow Stopper

Last week, London-based eco-fashion blogger, Rebecca Butler of Designer Insider published an interview with MCAD’s very own Sustainable Design Online program alumnus, Susan Crow. Here’s our chance to shine a light on the incredible work Susan is doing in the field of eco-luxury fashion and to hear about her first chance to show her work


Student Spotlight: Wear What You Eat

Last spring I was invited to participate in Cittadellarte’s (City of Art) University of Ideas (UNIDEE) thanks to a grant from Fondazione Zegna. I was eager to examine sustainability in the context of the Italian luxury fashion industry and I am pleased to share a two-part post about my experiences. This second installment of my


Celery + Living Principles = Sustainable Graphic Design

Design: A Powerful Conduit for Change Celery Design Collaborative’s cutting-edge green design and brand strategy is proving that sustainability can have both a positive impact on the world and be good for business. With over 10 years of experience working with industry leaders in corporate responsibility, clean tech, organic foods, renewable energy and community development,


7 Handy Tips to Change the World

Wendy Jedlička, MCAD Sustainable Design Online program faculty, offers sound advice on “leaving the campsite better than you found it.” From simply being open to epiphanies to systems thinking, Jedlička covers the whole range of sustainability on the individual scale. Wendy’s 7 tips: Be open to epiphanies. Make it personal. Get pissed off. Learn. It’s


Alumni Update: Alumni Talk About Careers in Sustainability

Casting Seeds Part 3 In these trying economic times, people want to know, “will investing in a sustainable design education make me more competitive in the job market?” Despite the fact that “sustainability” is a buzzword, and although some may think it’s a fad, the impact of the graduates of the Minneapolis College of Art


Alumni Spotlight: Alumni Talk About Careers in Sustainability

Casting Seeds Part 2 In Part 2 of the “Casting Seeds” series we’ll meet Rita Penrod, a Designer and Sustainability Consultant for FourFive Sustainable Design based in Minneapolis, MN, who graduated from the program with a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Design. Read an article authored by Rita Penrod earlier this year about her experience in


Casting Seeds Part 1: Alumni Talk About Careers in Sustainability

In Part 1 of the “Casting Seeds” series we’ll meet Rudy Ruggles, President of Collaborative Innovation Services, a consultancy that helps organizations use the tools and principles of sustainability to create innovative solutions to strategic and organizational challenges. Rudy is based in Boston, MA, and graduated from MCAD’s Sustainable Design program with a Professional Certificate

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