Sustainable Minds(TM): Design greener products right, from the start

January 2010 | News & Info

Every month we'll be sharing the latest news about, and updates to, Sustainable Minds. We'll showcase organizations in design, manufacturing and education furthering greener product design and pass along topical information and events.

Sustainable Minds in the News

Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)Sustainable Minds and IDSA partner to bring education, expertise and software to mainstream greener product design
Sustainable Minds is partnering with the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), the leading organization representing product, interaction, experience and service design, to advance the adoption and integration of ecodesign and sustainability practices in product design.

This partnership brings Sustainable Minds LCA software, information and education to help IDSA members embrace whole systems and life cycle thinking in product design processes, and provide the knowledge, tools, and value systems to support greener product design practices.

"It's the optimal partnership to catalyze meaningful change," stated Terry Swack, CEO and co-founder of Sustainable Minds. "I'm delighted and proud that IDSA sees it that way, too. Our mission is to bring environmental sustainability to mainstream product development and manufacturing in an accessible, empowering, and credible way."

IDSA members can purchase a subscription at a discount, AND, the first ten organizations who purchase Sustainable Minds LCA software have the opportunity to work with an SM expert to help get their project off and running. Read >

If you're not a member, then you're missing out. Join IDSA >

Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)Online course uses SM software to communicate sustainability
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) recently announced a new 15-week course (Jan 19 to May 11) designed to help students visually communicate sustainability.

Sustainability: Measuring and Communicating Life Cycle explores methods for quantifying environmental impact and visualizing sustainability data using Sustainable Minds software. This online course teaches methods of communicating sustainability to consumers in an engaging, visual way, in order to help people understand the sustainability (or lack thereof) of products, and establish a personal connection to products' environmental impacts.

The course is taught by Arlene Birt (MDes/Design Academy Eindhoven), an information designer and visual storyteller whose work has been featured in Businessweek, the U.K.'s Creative Review and upcoming design books; she speaks internationally on her visual approach to communicating sustainability. Space is limited. Enroll now >

Jim Brown of Tech-Clarity interviews SM founder Terry Swack
PLM industry analyst, Jim Brown, in his blog 'Clarity on PLM' (Clarity on software for innovation, product development, engineering, and manufacturing) recently reviewed Sustainable Minds. His review focuses on the LCA concepts embodied in Sustainable Minds LCA software. Notable quote: "The key to what Sustainable Minds offers is the ability to help companies make design trade-offs based on objective impact criteria."
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Latest from the SM Industry Blog

Greening the supply chain: Findings from a best practices study: Walmart says that 88% of its carbon footprint is outside of its walls, in the control of its suppliers. Is it any wonder then that the world’s largest retailer is spending so much of its time, money and leverage, to get its suppliers to become more sustainable? This blog from Vijay Kanal of Kanal Consulting explores the findings of a study of 25 corporations' supply chains. Read >

Greening the supply chain

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Mastering environmental impact in the design process
Jan 26, Boston, MA

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Workshop review: Kenneth Wong from Desktop Engineering. Read >

Top of Mind in Greener Design

Green Engineering: Sustainability and its Impact on Design and Innovation brings together panelists, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Woodrow W. Clark II, and Terry Swack, CEO of SM, to discuss what it means to be green today, market drivers and the evolution of corporate-level green initiatives. Feb 8, Santa Ana, CA

Green Manufacturing Expo is part of the largest advanced design and manufacturing event in the western United States. Feb 9-11, Anaheim, CA

Greener Gadgets Conference tackles all of the issues surrounding energy efficiency and sustainable design, and includes the popular Greener Gadgets Design Competition. Feb 25, NYC

Designer Spotlight

Yakima has been manufacturing 'bomber quality' bicycle racks for over 25 years. Their products are functional, durable 'destination hardware,' and the company holds incredibly high design, manufacturing and performance standards. That includes a carbon offset program that's the equivalent of planting 400,000 trees every year. See how they used Sustainable Minds software to understand "opportunities for material substitutions that made significant improvements to sustainability, and also improved cost and performance."

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