Good grief?

About the MA Program

As Director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program and ISSP’s Board President, I hear a lot of people voicing their grief over the state of the world. Who doesn’t get depressed when the news is full of stories about all-time record heat waves, 1000-year floods, ongoing and increasing pandemic deaths? Not only that, songbirds are dying, and the ocean is in flames.

These people have shared many unique ways of coping with this grief, but the common thread — and best antidote — is knowing that they are doing something about it. They have devoted their careers to making the world more sustainable, and they are engaged with communities of people who have done the same.

What about you? Would you like to have a bigger impact than recycling, buying local, and driving less? Would you like to educate, empower, and equip yourself to develop innovative and impactful solutions to our sustainability challenges? Would you like to turn your grief into “good grief”?

If you are passionate about sustainability, understand the power of design, and want to affect change, MCAD’s fully online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design might be a good fit for you.

If you’re curious and want to learn more, please join our next informational webinar: 18August2021 1:00pmCT.

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Denise DeLuca / 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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