Help Shape the Future!


MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program is helping shape the first ever Global Congress for Climate Change & Sustainability Professionals.

In addition to engaging in the sessions, we’ll be:

  • running a workshop where students and recent grads get a chance to craft compelling and creative presentations on The Future of Sustainability: An Early Career Perspective
  • teaching “Sustainability: The Basics, Brundtland, and Beyond — Everything you wanted to know about sustainability, but were afraid to ask
  • helping everyone Collaboratively Create Personal Action Plans

We’re calling it a Congress (rather than a conference) because you’ll be connecting and engaging with hundreds of sustainability colleagues & peers from across sectors and disciplines in solutions-oriented conversations to advance our field of practice. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to network and collaborate.  

In addition to sharing your own ideas and insights, you’ll be inspired by Janine BenyusDr. Vandana Shiva, and Bob Langert .  

Our big goal is for us — including you — to come together and rise up as a stronger community of practice.  Please join us to help shape the future of our profession!  

Are you ready to help shape the future of sustainability using the power of design? In addition to registering for the Congress, we invite you to explore our fully online MA in Sustainable Design program!

Please join our free informational webinar tonight (15Oct2019)!

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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