Perspectives on greener product development and manufacturing from Sustainable Minds, our partners, customers and contributors.

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Teaching Environmental Sustainability Using Sustainable Minds – Insights & Trends

By Sustainable Minds on July 31, 2012

Cindy Bayley is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Sustainable Design. She is an intern this summer with Sustainable Mind and is returning to UC Berkeley to pursue a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Sustainable Minds is being used to teach sustainability in a variety of disciplines, and in ways that were unexpected. The software is thought of as practical and tangible, and is inspiring a lot of new kinds of thinking. As we’ve learned how Sustainable Minds is being used, we've consistently found that both faculty and students have been excited, challenged, invigorated, and are thinking and collaborating in new ways. 

The Importance of Embedding Sustainability in Secondary Education Curriculums

By Sustainable Minds on July 24, 2012

Hunter Lovins' post on triplepundit: The Importance of Embedding Sustainability in Secondary Education Curriculums  

"The business community is demanding candidates with sustainability training. Accenture found that over 93 percent of CEO's see sustainability as crucial to business success, with 88 percent stating it needs to be fully embedded into their strategy and operations."
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Webcast: Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace, Part 2: Getting Started

By Sustainable Minds on June 12, 2012

On May 24, we held the second in a series of webcasts that feature educators from leading colleges and universities demonstrating how Sustainable Minds is being used in education. This webcast showcases the creativity of two engineering and manufacturing educators discussing how they got started integrating Sustainable Minds into current projects and courses, and how they developed new ones. They reported not only a very high level of student engagement and enthusiasm, but a clear impact on students’ improved job marketability.

Webcast: Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace, Part 1

By Sustainable Minds on May 9, 2012

3 Schools / 3 Disciplines / 3 Educators
On April 24, we held the first in a series of webcasts on how Sustainable Minds is being used in education. Featuring three educators from three different disciplines at three leading institutions, each demonstrated and discussed the use of Sustainable Minds in their curriculum, expansion in their programs and the implications for the future. The range of disciplines represented by the presenters illustrates the interest and need for teaching life cycle thinking and action to all types of students – business, design and engineering – to prepare them for taking on the challenges and opportunities in the greener product economy.

Innovating Greener Product Curriculum

By Sustainable Minds on March 29, 2012

CUSTOMER STORY WEBCAST SERIES 
Tues, April 24 at 2pm ET, 11am PT

Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace
3 Schools | 3 Disciplines | 3 Educators

WHAT: On April 24th, three prominent business, design and engineering educators will address an increasingly important challenge: How to integrate environmental sustainability into product development education to prepare students for jobs in the greener economy.

NEW: Custom Data Creation Program. Have it your way.

By Sustainable Minds on February 3, 2012

Add the life cycle data you need to model the environmental performance of your products.

Sustainable Minds enables product development teams to rapidly model the environmental performance of products in the earliest stages of R&D. Today, as environmental performance increasingly drives product innovation and differentiation, using industry average data is often not good enough. Manufacturers want data specific to their business processes and supply chain. SM’s unique cloud & service delivery means data can continually be updated and new data added so product teams have what they need, when they need it.

“Maybe the perfect cloud solution?” Al Dean, Executive Editor, DEVELOP3D

Our dataset grows as our customers grow. Now it's easy to request and add impact factors for the life cycle data you need to model your products. Use the Data Browser to view the current dataset and the SM Data Request Form to submit your requests. We help you describe and source, then verify and add the data you need for:

Allan Chochinov Introduces a Progressive New Product Design MFA

By Sustainable Minds on January 3, 2012

We received this note last week from Allan Chochinov--our friend and Editor in Chief of Core77--and offered to share it with our readers.

Two years ago, I was invited to put together a new MFA program at the School of Visual Arts around a new way of considering the design of artifacts, experiences, sustainability, strategy, business and point of view. (Well, that’s what I ended up putting together, anyway!) And so the MFA in Products of Design was born. It’s a very progressive program, with a strong mission and an incredible faculty of design practitioners, entrepreneurs, seasoned educators, and media professionals. I’ve been a design educator for over 16 years, and with help and extraordinary contributions from colleagues, advisors, architects, professionals and friends, we have created a program that I feel represents an optimistic, rigorous and future-forward step in the future of design education.

Bresslergroup: Innovates greener shipping reel to reduce costs & impacts

By Sustainable Minds on November 15, 2011

Using Sustainable Minds, the team at Bresslergroup reinvented the common wooden shipping reel to create exponential environmental improvement AND cost savings for KALAS Wire –a very tangible benefit. Improving environmental performance increased their ROI.
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Fred Sparks: Greener eyewear brand & product line

By Sustainable Minds on November 14, 2011

Using Sustainable Minds, the team at fredsparks identified multiple viable frame materials with real impact reductions. Thus, Misura Eye Wear was born out of the Latin definition of misura – to measure.
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Fueling Product Innovation through environmental performance

By Sustainable Minds on November 13, 2011

Environmental performance is the newest criteria for product development. It sits alongside traditional criteria such as functional performance, cost, ergonomics, aesthetics, safety, market demand, etc…