Going beyond Earth Day

Designing circular and sustainable systems

With Earth Day 2022 and ID's fourth annual Lucas J. Daniel Lecture in Sustainable Systems approaching, ID faculty and MDM (Master of Design Methods) students dove into a three-day discussion of Design + Climate Change. Catch a glimpse:


Participants in this MDM Immersion heard from ID faculty Weslynne Ashton, Jeremy AlexisRuth Schmidt, and Anijo Mathew, as well as Maureen Stroud, a member of the Council on Climate Solutions at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and founder and managing director of Shinka Sustainability Consultants, and an alumnus of ID's MDes + MBA dual-degree program, Brandon Schauer, who is SVP, US Climate Change at Rare.

We are at the forefront of the movement for designing with purpose.

—Weslynne Ashton, Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability

Erika Allen
Erika Allen, Co-Founder & CEO, Urban Growers Collective

Related event: On Monday, April 25, Erika Allen, co-founder and CEO of the Urban Growers Collective, gives the fourth annual Lucas J. Daniel Lecture in Sustainable Systems. The talk, "Climate Resilience Intersections: Food-Environment and Culture at the Crossroads of Economic Justice," will take place in-person at ID's home on the second floor of the Kaplan Institute, on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus.


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