COUNTDOWN with us!

Faculty Focus

Denise DeLuca and Trisha Bauman (both ISSP Board Members) are excited to invite you to join us for TEDxISSP, a COUNTDOWN event!

The event will be held online Saturday 24 April 2021, noon-2:00pmCT. Registration is free and open to the public. It is a wonderful way for you to celebrate Earth Week with the MA in Sustainable Design and ISSP communities, and to learn from and engage with international sustainability leaders. You can also live stream the event at the MA in Sustainable Design Facebook page.

Across three sessions—covering the Urgency of the moment, the Transformation needed, and the Action that it will take to solve the crisis—you’ll hear from some of the world’s most prominent climate leaders in a set of short TED videos. The videos will be followed by live breakout room discussions with Honorees from the ISSP Hall of Fame who are luminaries in the sustainability profession. In addition, we’ll be enjoying the talents of special guest Liza Donnelly.

The pairing between Countdown and ISSP is a natural fit. COUNTDOWN is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. As the leading organization of sustainability professionals, ISSP convenes the change-makers who devise and deliver on solutions across sectors and around the world every day.

Now, as part of COUNTDOWN, we will bring our experts’ visions directly to you — and, just as importantly, you will have the chance to share your insights in dialogue with the sustainability community at TEDxISSP.

So let’s talk solutions. Let’s move from urgency to action as we co-develop a roadmap for transformation. Let’s #JoinTheCountdown.


Denise DeLuca / Former Director

Denise DeLuca is the Director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program. She was co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry Creative for Innovation, a network of creative professional change agents driving ecological thinking for radical transformation. Denise is author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation, which was illustrated by MASD alum Stephanie Koehler. She also teaches with the Amani Institute.

Denise’s previous roles include Education Director for the International Living Future Institute, Project Manager for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, and Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute. Denise is a licensed civil engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on modeling landscape-scale surface and groundwater interactions.  In addition, Denise is a Biomimicry Fellow and a member of the Advisory Council of The Biomimicry InstituteBoard Member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), on the editorial board of the Journal of Bionic Engineering, and an Expert with Katerva. Denise is based in Oregon.

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Trisha Bauman

Trisha Bauman is CEO and founder of TJBauman, a strategic communications firm in New York specializing in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impact. She designs strategic communications plans, leadership communications, and stakeholder development strategies that advance sustainability initiatives for businesses and NGOs. Creating powerful, data-driven storytelling, she has enabled C-suite executives, social entrepreneurs, and global innovators to deliver winning keynotes on platforms such as the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, the Fidelity Investments Quant Summit, the Harvard Business School Summit on Gender and Work, Women In The World Summit, TED Conferences, and numerous TEDx Conferences.

Trisha is a frequent guest speaker on ESG impact communications at Fortune 500 companies, universities, and international conferences, and serves on the Governing Board of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), as a Board Director at the United Nations Association of New York (UNA-NY), and as an Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Master of Science in Strategic Communication. She has degrees from Bowdoin College (BA, magna cum laude, in economics and in history) and from Columbia University (MS, strategic communication with a concentration in sustainable development).