What’s your big idea?

“If we continue living as though we are separate from the natural world, we cannot overcome the complex environmental crises we face.” This is the problem that Ashley French, one of our MA in Sustainable Design students, is considering tackling for her thesis project. Like all of our students, she has a big idea and

Take one small step

We’ve been recently reminded of Neil Armstrong’s proclamation “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he became the first person to walk on the moon. In later interviews, however, Armstrong said his statement was actually “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”, intending to highlight

Nature is the REAL “Real World”

[This post is based on excerpts from Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation] The 12June2019 post of this blog proclaimed Sustainability is Impossible in the “Real World”, with the “real world” being based on the assumptions of the Conventional Paradigm: Scarcity, Individualism, Competition, Greed, Resistance, and Fear. Sustainability, viewed through this conventional lens,

Sustainability is Impossible in the “Real World”

[This post is based on excerpts from Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation] “That’ll never work in the real world!” Many of you who work to create sustainable designs have probably heard something like this before. Maybe all too often, in all too many ways: It won’t work. It won’t sell. It’s too

Two things you ought to know about Carbon

With the holidays upon us, you’ll probably have plenty of social occasions coming up where a nice conversation could devolve into an argument about sustainability. If that happens, have empathy.  Also, be sure that you’re not fighting the wrong fight, turning friends into foes. Distract, divide, and conquer seem to be the (unfortunately successful) go-to

You are brave

Today is election day in the U.S. and hopefully voting day for all of you who have the opportunity to vote!  For some, voting is an act of patriotism, honoring the many very brave women and men that sacrificed so much to make that possible.   Our national anthem reminds us that we are “the

“What are you reading?”

I’m a voracious reader of nonfiction, especially content related to sustainable design, but still I dread the question, “What are you reading these days?” as it seems so judgmental, so loaded. Do you know what I mean? It’s especially daunting when you occasionally get to hangout with visionaries and thought leaders — people who write

Take a Visual Staycation

Classes start soon, but there’s still time for a vacation!  If you can’t get away, or if you’re concerned with the environmental (or financial) impact of road and air travel, you might opt for “staycation” (vacationing at or near your home). Whatever your vacation plans might be, you can take a visual staycation by visiting

Sustainability – Euro Style!

EcoDesign Circle has recently released The Sustainability Guide, created to provide “inspiration and knowledge by gathering information, methods and good examples of how to use design to achieve a sustainable and circular business as well as social development.”   The Guide was developed for designers and clients in the Baltic region of Europe; however, its

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