Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager
Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager at Autodesk
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Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager
I live at the intersection of design, sustainability and business. A deeply curious sustainable design strategy geek, I'm passionate about applying human ingenuity towards a much better future.
I've been immersed in sustainable design, across disciplines, through my whole career. I've made furniture, designed civil infrastructure, created teaching tools for engineers and designers, and have advised companies on environmental impact. In recent years I've specialized in shaping, and communicating about, new sustainable technologies and approaches to design.
I’ve been fortunate to dive deep on a range of topics, including: product design and lifecycle impacts; high-performance building; local food systems; public art; business strategy; engineering and design education; urban transformation.
I believe in making as a way of learning. I believe in drawing and writing and building by hand. I’m good with power tools.
We work to help all designers create more sustainable designs for a better world.
As part of Autodesk's founding sustainability team, I led the first intrapreneurial, cross-industry effort exploring new sustainable design product offerings.
I created the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, a free online education platform for applying sustainability to design and engineering. The Sustainability Workshop has reached over a million learners, and has been integrated into classrooms around the world.
Currently encouraging makers to channel their creativity towards planetary challenges.
Teach the DMBA Sustainability Studio, guiding students to create viable, ecologically + socially responsible businesses
Consulted on design strategy for clients including Unilever, Autodesk, BSSP for Mini Cooper, Channel 4 (UK), Sustainable Minds
Developed Beeline, a virtual marketplace for optimizing local food distribution, which merged with Portland-based Ecotrust’s Food Hub.
A guided tour through the most exciting new tools, models, and ideas for building a better future.
As successful as some energy efficiency measures have been, they’re not doing enough to keep our worldwide energy consumption levels from steadily rising. What’s gone wrong? One explanation would be that engineers are still designing for short-term energy gains, instead of keeping the whole system in mind and designing for maximum long-term energy efficiency gains.
Many engineers often latch on to what seems to be a solution before appropriately defining a problem. This can be a big issue in product development, where design teams are often located in different silos and assigned narrowly scoped tasks. (...) A more-effective, but less-familiar, approach is called “whole-systems thinking.” (...) The basic idea is to analyze and consider the way constituent parts of a system relate to one another, instead of merely focusing on the parts themselves.
An occupational hazard of working in sustainable design is the constant reminder that everything has impact. For everything in your field of view, materials and energy were wrestled from the ground and shipped around the earth in impossibly complex ways. Human intention versus human consequence. Sigh. Some decision-makers are self-described designers, but many more are engineers and businesspeople, whose priorities are more pragmatic than lyrical: How can we use far fewer materials and get the same results?
Make friends with engineers. Tell stories with numbers. Design for humans.
2011: INDEX Award Finalist, Autodesk Sustainability Workshop (Denmark)
2009: Rising Talent, Women's Forum for Economy & Society (France)
2009: Fast Company Most Creative People in Business
2007: Metropolis NEXT Generation Competition Runner-Up
2007: Winner, RSA Design Directions Competition (UK)
2005: Speaker, TEDGlobal, Oxford UK
2004: Competition Winner, with Noel Harding Studio Team: Ft. Lauderdale Airport Public Art Master Plan
2002: Viridian Design + Global Business Network Biofuture Competition Winner
2002: SXSWi Festival Web Design Competition Finalist
2000: Rachel Carson Environmental Award, RISD Department of Industrial Design
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