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Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design

  • Cornell University (NY)

This 6.5-week online course provides an opportunity for students to build their knowledge about permaculture and ecological design. Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, and activities and ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Permaculture Design Certificate

  • Austin Community College (TX)

This course introduces students to the principles and practice of permaculture design in relation to the diverse Austin area community and landscape. Upon completion of this course including the site ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Noncredit Certificate in Permaculture Design

  • University of Richmond (VA)

The University of Richmond and the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute have partnered to offer the only Permaculture Design Certificate program in the Richmond Region. Through 72-hours of workshops over four weekends ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Permaculture Design Certification Course

  • George Mason University (VA)

This course provides an introduction to the practice of permaculture. Students have the opportunity to practice multiple design exercises, explore how permaculture principles and strategies could be adopted to their ...

  • Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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Educating for Sustainable Fashion: Using Clothing Acquisition Abstinence to Explore Sustainable Consumption and Life Beyond Growth

  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Louisiana State University (LA)
  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

This paper reports outcomes from a research study whereby fashion-oriented students experienced life where the ability to acquire new clothing was removed. Students volunteered to participate in this experiential learning ...

  • Posted July 28, 2016
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Point of Departure: Place Making and Identity Via Integrated, Didactic & Sustainable Transit Shelters

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The College of Design (CoD) & The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) saw an opportunity to advance the University of Kentucky’s sustainability agenda by developing real world projects ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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The Shawneetown Gardens: a Sustainable Campus Community Garden Cultivated through Creation of Place

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Rooted in the revitalization of a community garden on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Kentucky, this project impacts a culturally diverse, multigenerational community through a multi-disciplinary effort led ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Improving the High-Rise Life

  • Rice University (TX)

Our paper analyzed various "green" methods for a hypothetical future dorm on Rice University's campus in Houston, Texas. The cumulation of a semester's work, this project delved into ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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BEE / HOUSE / LAB International Design Competition

  • University of Manitoba (MB)

BEE / HOUSE / LAB is an international design competition hosted by the University of Manitoba and open to students and designers in the field of environmental design, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Ohio University's Professional Development Program for the Advancement of Sustainability

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University's Office of Sustainability designed a Professional Development Program to advance the university's sustainability profile, particularly with its built environment. On a monthly basis staff from Architecture ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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The Water Hub at Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)

The WaterHub® is a decentralized, district-scale water reclamation and reuse system serving Emory University’s main campus in Atlanta, Georgia. As the first of its kind in the United States ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Fully Online MA in Sustainable Design Program

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

MCAD’s online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design (MASD) program was developed for busy working professionals and offers small classes, peer-to-peer interaction and engagement with renowned faculty. The program ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Student Design Fund

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The Student Design/Research Project Fund is a new and innovative sustainability project from the University of Tennessee. It created a pool of money to where applicants can apply for ...


UNT Community Garden

  • University of North Texas (TX)

University of North Texas' first on-campus community garden is in the final stages of planning, with construction begining this fall, in a vacant lot next to the Legends hall, just ...


Art meets sustainability in new mural at Sheridan College

  • Sheridan College (Ontario) (ON)

On April 27, 2016 Sheridan College unveiled ‘Woven Stories’, a colourful, two-storey public art mural, on the western façade of the Rob Turner Building at its Davis Campus in Brampton ...


Renewable Energy at Harvey Mudd: The Design, Construction and Life Cycle Analysis of a Solar-Powered ParaSOL

  • Harvey Mudd College (CA)

Colleges across the country are beginning to integrate renewable technologies on their campuses. Privately and publicly funded projects have brought large solar arrays to parking lots and rooftops, but have ...


Study to Reduce Peak Electrical Demand Charges for the John C. Hodges Library

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The goal of this project is to design electrical and thermal storage systems that will reduce electrical consumption during periods of peak demand and thereby save the University money in ...


A Strategy for Energy Performance Analysis at the Early Design Stage: Predicted vs. Actual Building Energy Performance

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Developments in information technology are providing methods to improve current design practices, where uncertainties about various design elements can be simulated and studied from the design inception. Energy and thermal ...


Education for apparel sustainability from perspectives of design students from differing cultural contexts

  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

The focus of this paper is how design students think about sustainable practices and design solutions. A survey distributed to American and Korean design students asked how important sustainability was ...


Educating ethical designers

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on bringing sustainability into design education. The focus of such education, however, mainly concerns providing design students with the knowledge and ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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Integration of sustainability in planning and design programs in higher education: evaluating learning outcomes

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Louisville (KY)

Although sustainability has a growing presence in the planning and design professions, little guidance is available on how to incorporate sustainability into planning and design education programs. Sustainability can be ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Embracing Social Sustainability in Design Education: A Reflection on a Case Study in Haiti

Sustainable design issues are complex and multi-faceted and need integration in the education of young designers. Current research recommends a holistic view based on problem-solving and inter-disciplinary work, yet few ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Sustainability Education in the Interior Design Curriculum

  • Western Carolina University (NC)

Interior design education is by nature as transdisciplinary as sustainability education. Design students learn about environment-human behavior relationships through holistic, systems-based means, encompassing the fundamental components of sustainability. A model ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Minor in Sustainable Design

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)

This minor requires 6 courses, including Building Materials I, Sustainability: Building and Living Green, Passive Design and BIM, and 3 sustainable design minor electives.

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Building Science and Sustainable Design (BS)

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology (PA)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Building Science and Sustainable Design promotes a healthier, more energy efficient way to build which reduces negative environmental impacts and slows the depletion of ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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Institute for Sustainable Design

  • Cooper Union (NY)

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design seeks to provide the greater Cooper Union community—architects, engineers and artists—with the cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills that are necessary to create ...

  • Posted April 26, 2016
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How not what: teaching sustainability as process

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Ever since the word “sustainability” entered public discourse, the concept has escaped definition. The United Nations has christened the years 2005–2014 “The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development ...

  • Posted April 25, 2016
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Center for Energy Research/Education/Service

  • Ball State University (IN)

The Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) at Ball State University, is an interdisciplinary academic support unit focused on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives and conservation ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Connecting Sustainability with Design and Construction: The Project Managers Professional Development Program

  • Ohio University (OH)

The Office of Sustainability at Ohio University realized there was a disconnect between our office and others on campus that play direct roles in the sustainability of the institution. In ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Outdoor Education Space Design Challenge: A Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Design on Campus

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

In 2014, the Office for Sustainability at Western Michigan University conducted a multidisciplinary design competition for the design of an Outdoor Education Space at the Gibbs House. The Design Challenge ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Ensnared by the Mouse Trap: Constraints in Sustainable Design

  • Daemen College (NY)

Finding sustainable solutions to address today's challenges can be difficult when we are too focused on an existing object or system as a starting point. Students in our Sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Co-creating sustainable futures: American and Middle Eastern visual design students explore behavior change

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Global sustainability requires global collaboration. Understanding how local and distant communities deal with various issues and complexities of sustainability and cooperating internationally to share effective ideas are paramount to our ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Digital & Interactive Short Courses in Technical Sustainability & Design: Pilot Results and Lessons Learned

  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

In an effort to improve access to education on both skills and multidisciplinary topics within sustainability Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) has been piloting a series of digital short ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable design and construction contest

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Universidad de Monterrey created a multidisciplinary contest were students must develop an alternative energy systems and sustainable building proposal on a non-profit organization that attends people in situations of vulnerability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Heating Up Sustainable Design on a Small College Campus: Designing an Educational and Functional Net-Zero Warming Hut

  • Carleton College (MN)

In the winter term of 2014, Carleton College developed a class entitled 'Systems Approaches to Sustainability' to merge a variety of perspectives in sustainability and teach interdisciplinary, systems thinking when ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Look Here exhibition - at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

This exhibition spotlights seven Minnesota artists and designers working to change people's perception and understanding of our impact on the natural world. A focal point of this show is ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Putting Biomimicry Thinking into Practice: Lessons learned through an online sustainable design thesis project

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

Biomimicry, the practice of emulating models and strategies in nature, enables designers to see and learn from nature in new ways (Biomimicry Institute). This paper describes the primary learning outcomes ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Evolution of Sustainability Education: triumphs and tribulations of creating a sustainable online sustainability program

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

Online learning is an untapped resource to transform sustainability education. The Babson Survey Research Group (2015) reports that over 70% of academic institutions consider online learning a critical component of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Weaving Sustainability Education throughout the Curriculum

  • St. Catherine University (MN)

Poster will focus on strategies to weave sustainability education within an academic program. Poster will use Apparel, Merchandising and Design department at St. Catherine University as a successful model.

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Art & Design Students Collaborate with University and Community to Mitigate Birdstrikes on Campus Buildings

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Summary: We present an innovative, grant-funded partnership between the university department of Art & Design, department of Writing Studies, Office of Sustainability, UMD Facilities Management, local wildlife rehabilitators, and local ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Fashion Forward - an ethical and environmental look at the fashion industry

  • University of Western Sydney (NSW)

Do you know where that item of clothing you are wearing comes from? Is it made from synthetic or natural fibres? Did you purchase it secondhand? Did you think of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Saving Lives: Using Art Curriculum To Reduce Bird Collisions On Campus and in Philadelphia

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how graphic design faculty used an experiential learning project to engage art students on sustainability while also aiding the university in addressing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Creating partnerships between companies and design/build programs

  • Big Ass Solutions (KY)

Collaboration between manufacturers and academic design/build programs is one of the most effective ways of introducing advanced products to the evolving sustainable technology field while providing valuable hands-on experience ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Design: Student Challenges with the Creative Process

  • Daemen College (NY)

Effective design process requires collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills applied to the challenges in our local and global communities. As we seek sustainable solutions, we must consider the long-term impacts ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Designing for Sustainability: Project-based Seminar Series

  • Daemen College (NY)

As we encourage students to address sustainability-related issues, we need to have an effective strategy for empowering them to be creative and successful. We have structured our curriculum to include ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Blocks of Integrated Design: Goal-Setting Charettes Using the Nominal Group Technique

  • Harvard University (MA)

This session uses a flash charette format to provide attendees with a hands-on opportunity to learn specific strategies to engage diverse stakeholders in an integrated process to set robust sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Leaders for the Environment, Art, and Design (LEAD): Educating Students About Impacts and Issues of Fashion, Art, and Design

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

For the past three years, students at Santa Clara University have hosted an Eco-Fashion Show and a “Swap for Good” clothing exchange, engaging students about the social, economic, and environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Connecting Visual Art/Design and Environmental Studies Courses to Develop Integrated Solutions to Sustainability-Focused Campus Projects: A Service-Learning Model

  • Maryville College (TN)

As many sustainability-focused campus projects require a strong component of visual 'marketing, propaganda, or promotion' to make them successful, it's critical that students engaged in environmental issues should learn ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Empowering Ecoliteracy: A Transformative Art & Design Education Bridges Academics, Operations, and Facilities

  • The New School (NY)

Parsons The New School for Design in New York City has approached sustainability holistically to engage students - shaping how they work, study, and participate in the material world - while also ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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What if People Really Mattered? Designing a Socially Sustainable Workplace

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Kent State University (OH)
  • Maharishi University of Management (IA)
  • The Social Design Group (OH)

Workers and workplace systems have been viewed and treated as having instrumental value for organizations to date, rather than given recognition of the full measure of their intrinsic value. Most ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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