“Doing my dream job!!!”

Alumni in Action

It was one of those emails that reminds you why you do what you do.

Last week I received an email from Dawn Keene, a 2013 graduate of the MA in Sustainable Design program,  that said:

    Hi Denise,
         Just wanted to share with you. 
         I had so much fun!!!
         Doing my dream job!!!
    Take care,         

What was so much fun?  Dawn (the one in the white coat) recently taught “Sustainability 101,” the first in a series of workshops for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, “Sustainability Ambassador Program: Beyond Waste,” hosted on February 10, 2018 at the Martin Luther King Recreation & Aquatic Center in Atlanta, GA.

Participants included stakeholders from a variety of sectors. There was lot of energy in the room, very organic and grassroots in nature. The morning started out with a game of “Do You Know Your Stuff?” Attendees had the opportunity to answer questions concerning the impact of various items on display.

Topics covered during the workshop included an overview of what sustainability is and isn’t, taking responsibility, empowering individuals to take positive action, thinking in systems, understanding life cycles and getting the dirt on greenwashing.  Attendees participated in several learning activities and engaged in lively discussions throughout the workshop presentation.

This class was very savvy and several already knew a lot about sustainability yet, being open-minded and a life-long learner, Dawn reported that she learned a lot from them as well.  And, as might be expected, she received a lot of positive feedback about the class and is looking forward to doing more.  Thank you, Dawn, for sharing your wisdom and passion!

You can learn more about Dawn Keene here.

Photo: Courtesy of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience 



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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