Permaculture Workshop Series: Starts June 7

This summer Continuing Education at MCAD is offering a three part Permaculture Workshop Series. Participants will meet three Tuesday evenings in June and will be led by Dan Halsey, certified permaculture designer and expert in agro-ecosystems and edible forest gardens. The Permaculture Workshop Series will introduce participants to permaculture principles, ethics, lifestyle and sustainable practices.

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Student Spotlight: Eco-Leader

Congrats go to Shannon Reece, MA in Sustainable Design student, who was the featured Eco-Leader for the National Wildlife Federation last month. Shannon recently returned from a trip to Africa in March with his daughter. He was visiting an area he previously lived and worked for three years. Shannon achieved his goal to meet with


Creative Leadership

Denise DeLuca (MA in SD faculty) is an experienced biomimicry educator who devotes much of her time to challenging the way professionals think and act as leaders, from business executives to designers. We recently caught up with her to discuss her unique career as well as her fully online course devoted to the subject of


Buy Nothing Day

I love Thanksgiving but I despise the fact that this amazing day to give thanks for what we already have is paired with the most consumerist day of the year, Black Friday. I have long begrudged the overwhelm of stuff: the money, the space, the time, the responsibility… But, ’tis the season, right? Or is

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I adore hiking and camping. Even when warm summer weather turns to arctic conditions overnight (this just happened to me last week!). I’ve been camping since I was born and try to make an effort to get out on an extended backpacking trip at least once a year. I just had the pleasure of a

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Vibrant Leadership Workshop

MASD faculty, Denise DeLuca, who is the instructor for our Creative Leadership course (will be offered again in spring 2016) and her partners from Vibrant OS are offering a 5-month innovation and leadership workshop that begins September 30. With the help of MASD alum, Shari Welsh, they are partnering with Sustainable Seattle and University of


Faculty Focus: OMG, I’m Pissed

In the 5 years that I have been curating this blog, I have never used this forum as a means to push my personal agenda or to vent. I apologize because this post (and series to follow?) may be the exception. Please bear with me; this will go somewhere useful, I promise. Although I’ve bicycled


5 Ways to Conserve Water

I am living through a drought this summer and many are facing the most severe droughts on record for their region, from California across the globe. It can be depressing and scary but there are things that you can do to help the planet conserve water. 5 Water-Saving Habits for Inside Your Home Flush less


Faculty Focus: This is Folly

Big congrats to our friends at This is Folly. Holly Robbins, MASD faculty, is Creative Director and Partner at This is Folly. They are “riding a wave of gratitude” since finding out their work will be included in the upcoming 2015 HOW Magazine International Design Competition. We’re rooting for you! Learn more about Holly Robbins



We are delighted to announce that the Minneapolis College of Art and Design has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world.  Through membership in AASHE, MCAD will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout

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