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FALL 2023

Course Description: "How do we design real products for real companies, benefiting customers, the companies themselves, and the rest of the world? And how do we know they are better? This studio course provides tools for sustainable design innovation and metrics to measure success. Students use creative and analytical skills, generating new ideas and 3D CAD renderings and evaluating designs with screening-level life-cycle assessments and two eco-labeling systems (Cradle to Cradle and EPEAT). Green innovation tools taught include systems thinking, energy effectiveness, lightweighting, design for lifetime (repair, recycling, etc.), material choice, biomimicry, and persuasive design. Some assignments are individual and theoretical, but the bulk of the course is spent working in groups, using tools such as message boards and screen-sharing video chats."

Sustainability Focus: 
Selected sustainable design lens including LCA, material choice, persuasive design, marketing/communication, and circular design to apply to a product redesign

Objective: Collaborate with a design team and present sustainable redesign opportunities to Leatherman for their ARC multi-tool 

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​Citation for Course Description 
“Sustainable Design: Degree Information,” Minneapolis College of Art & Design, accessed October 27, 2023, 

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