If you’re concerned about the state of the world, you may be recycling and bicycling, gardening and composting, consuming less and voting more. But if you’re a designer, you can have a bigger impact.
It is estimated that 80% of a product’s environmental impact is determined at the design stage.
Many designers are not aware of this, or feel they don’t have the knowledge, skills, and understanding to make sustainable design decisions.
Sustainable design can include swapping out materials, recycling waste, and seeking eco-labels, but it is more than that. It is mapping and leveraging the full lifecycle of a product. It is understanding and reflecting what is life-friendly. It is exploring and emulating nature’s design principles and strategies. It is imagining and innovating design solutions that do not yet exist. It requires empathy, collaboration, and visual communication. It requires creative leadership.
If you’re a designer, or understand the power of design, and want to have a bigger impact, we invite you to explore our fully online MA in Sustainable Design program. Our program is designed for working professionals who need the convenience of asynchronous coursework, but who crave connection with fellow students.
Curious? Our next informational webinar is Thursday September 16 at 1:00pmCT. Even if you can’t make the date, register and we’ll send you more information. You’re also welcome to contact me to set up a time to chat.