Wesley Petersen

MA in Sustainable Design Program / MCAD (2014)

Wes Petersen

Wesley Petersen graduated from First College at Metropolitan State University with a degree in Sustainable Development where he designed a field of study that blended environmental science, economics and sociology, and he developed independent studies abroad in Costa Rica researching issues such as bio-prospecting of native plants and carbon offset programs with an additional semester in an instructor training course at Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School. Currently, Wesley is a carpenter and he is appalled with the amount of waste and the slow growth of competitive green technologies in the industry. This has motivated Wesley to utilize innovative materials and methodologies into his trade. In the past, he worked to integrate permaculture methods into an organic farm for a restaurant in Hawaii; an experience that shaped his view of human consumption and our impact on the environment. He graduated from MCAD with a MA in Sustainable Design in 2014. Wes is based in Minnesota.

Thesis Title: A Pathway for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Artspace Buildings