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Webcast: Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace, Part 10: Making Scalable Solutions

By Sustainable Minds on June 26, 2015

On May 28th, we held the tenth in a series of webcasts featuring educators from leading colleges and universities demonstrating how Sustainable Minds is being used in education. Modeling product concepts is the start of a journey to scaling production. Environmental performance can be included every step of the way. Learn from educators with diverse backgrounds, how they are working with students to advance and inform product design through life cycle thinking. They will share how they use Sustainable Minds to engage students in the essential conversation about measuring and interpreting results.

Modeling product concepts is the start of a journey to scaling production. Environmental performance can be included every step of the way.

Learn from educators with diverse backgrounds, how they are working with students to advance and inform product design through life cycle thinking.

They will share how they use Sustainable Minds to engage students in the essential conversation about measuring and interpreting results.

PANELISTS

Eric Reynolds Eric Reynolds, Instructor
D-Lab | Development through Dialogue, Design & Dissemination
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

As a mechanical engineer, Mr. Reynolds teaches engineering product design with a focus on social/environmental impact. His course EC.729/2.729 Design for Scale, is designed to develop understanding of bringing products to market at scale in less-industrialized economies and to learn how to develop a prototype of market-ready product. Sustainable Minds allows students to quickly perform complete-enough analysis to see how early design decisions can be informed, which is critical. As the environmental crisis is a challenge of choice for the current generation, creative, problem solvers and innovators want opportunities to work on challenging passion projects.

Ramesh Srinivasan Dr. Ramesh Srinivasan, Lecturer
Industrial and Systems Engineering
San Jose State University
Founder, Eco-Catalyst, San Jose, CA

Dr. Srinivasan teaches the course Life Cycle Engineering for junior/senior undergraduate students. A three week group project is included in this course to conduct LCA for product/process alternatives and apply ecodesign strategies. Besides appreciating the significance of life cycle thinking, students were excited about using software to compare impacts of product decisions in life cycle stages as Sustainable Minds is a quick and easy tool to learn and use. For educators, Sustainable Minds is easy to incorporate into teaching curriculum. Students trained in LCA who can bring a full life cycle perspective to the design of products and services will fit industry needs.

Terry Swack, CEO & Moderator
Sustainable Minds

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