This summer's workshop, Resource-Fullness, examines the inventive possibilities of material, social, and cultural resources already at hand, applied to current fashion practice as well as to shaping future practice.

2013 Fashion Sustainability Workshop Series

June 20-21
San Francisco campus, 1111 8th Street
Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuition: $700
Enrollment limit: 20


  • Principles of Sustainability: Natural Systems, Systems Thinking and Change (presentation by Bob Adams)
  • The Traditional Role of Design and Design for Sustainability (presentation and activity by Bob Adams and Lynda Grose)
  • Bio and Closed-Loop Recyclable Polymers: Data, Creative Innovation, and Business (presentation and workshop by Sophie Mather)
  • Material, Social, and Economic Cycles (industry panel discussion Q and A with Autodesk, Goodwill, C2C Institute, Sophie Mather, San Francisco city representative, to be confirmed)


  • New materials: Green Chemistry (Skype presentation by John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute)
  • The Sharing Economy (presentation by Lauren Anderson of Collaborative Consumption Institute)
  • Slow Economy (Discussion with Lauren Anderson of Collaborative Consumption Institute)
  • Field trip: Behind the Scenes at Goodwill Industries
  • Synopsis and Reflections

Note: Presenters subject to change.

Participants should bring:
One or more challenges they have in dealing with material flows in their business.

CCA provides:
Two books identified for their relevance, thumb drive of resources, breakfast


Our Fashion Sustainability Workshops are geared to practicing fashion professionals (including, but not limited to design) who have worked in the industry for at least three years.

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Instructor Biographies for Resource-Fullness

Bob Adams

Designer, Farmer
Bob Adams consults and lectures internationally on the topics of sustainability, innovation, and transformation. From 2003-2008 he developed and led the Design for Sustainability initiative at IDEO, from which have emerged IDEO’s current focus areas in Social Innovation, Energy, and Environmental Impact. Trained in mechanical engineering, product design, and agronomy, he has been working on the integration of the design process with principles of sustainable development since 2000 when he joined The Natural Step and authored the formative white paper Sustainability for Designers.

Adams has worked in the field of design for 25 years, with corporate experience including Hewlett Packard, Interval Research Corporation, and J.N, Marshall Pvt. Ltd. (Pune, India). As a consultant he has advised such companies as Procter and Gamble, Cargill, Adobe Systems, Nissan, ConAgra, Natureworks, and Verdant Power on questions of the incorporation of sustainability into products, services, and business models. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector with such organizations as The Natural Step, Meridian Institute, Forum for the Future, Business for Social Responsibility, and Rocky Mountain Institute.

Adams holds six patents in human-computer interface design and has been the recipient of several international design awards. Since 1994, he has owned and operated a farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. His long-standing interest in sustainable agricultural practices led him to his current work in the field of sustainability. He is convinced that the potential for “redesigning design” is tremendous and lies in a new integration of systems thinking, understanding of the life sciences, principles of sustainability, and the design process.

Lauren Anderson

Innovation Director
Lauren Anderson is the Innovation Director for Collaborative Lab, working with organizations to deliver socially game-changing and profitable solutions in the Collaborative Consumption space, named by TIME as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change The World.” She is a leading source of strategic knowledge for global entrepreneurs, journalists, and venture capitalists who want the latest market insights and best practices to stay ahead of the curve on new goods and services in the market.

Anderson is a highly skilled public speaker and workshop facilitator, who has delivered keynotes in Europe, the United States, and Australia for organizations such as GigaOm, UNEP Future of Sustainable Lifestyles and Entrepreneurship, CPA Australia, and the Brightest Young Minds Summit. Her presentations focus on how the latest collaborative technologies will influence the way we live, create, and consume.

Anderson curates a bi-weekly Collaborative Entrepreneurs™ column getting inside hot ventures from Airbnb to thredUP to TaskRabbit. Her work and thinking has appeared in Big Issue UK,, The Age Australia, ABC Radio Australia, ClarÃn, Westline, Canadian PROFIT Magazine, Mundo Estranho, Sustainable Industries Magazine, McGill Daily and In:genius. She played an instrumental role in building the Collaborative Consumption brand, growing global movement and researching the latest examples for International book editions of What's Mine is Yours including the UK and Brazil.

Anderson holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries and Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies from Queensland University of Technology and is currently completing a Master of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide.

Lynda Grose

Fashion Designer, Consultant, Associate Professor, California College of the Arts
Lynda Grose co-founded ESPRIT’s ecollection, which was the first ecologically responsible clothing line developed by a major corporation and set pioneering standards for the textile industry.

As a practicing designer, consultant, and educator, Grose works with clients across all sectors of the economy; from private businesses to non-profit organizations and governments, and from designers to artisans and farmers. Her client list includes UNDP, The Sustainable Cotton Project, Aid to Artisans, G.Hensler, Gap Inc., Turkish Government, US Department of Agriculture, Market Place India, Patagonia, Green Peace, 13-mile Farm, and Shayan Craft Center. She runs sustainability workshops for design teams, and is a frequent speaker at corporate offices, trade conferences, and universities.

Grose's work has been featured in scores of magazines, books and periodicals, including Fashion Today, Design + Environment, Eco Chic, Beyond Green, Elle Magazine, Metropolis, Textile View, and Business Ethics, to name a few.

A contributing author to Sustainable Textiles: Life Cycle and Environmental Impact (Woodhouse Publishing, London), Grose has also written articles for International Textiles Magazine, Ecotextiles Magazine, Pesticide Action Networks Journal and Pesticides News. Most recently, she co-authored: Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change (Lawrence King Publishers, London), which connects ecological theory and fashion practice and explores a new aesthetic that emerges when sustainability values are embraced as a core design directive.

Sophie Mather

Director of biov8tion
Sophie Mather is passionate about sustainable textiles and the impact changes we can make as an industry through relevant innovation. She has 20 years experience in the apparel industry with the majority gained within a strong Asian supply base. Mather has worked for key leading brands and retailers including both Nike and Marks & Spencer. Within Nike, she led Global Advanced Material Research from the USA and Innovation for Asia from Hong Kong. She now is director at biov8tion, a consultancy company focusing on the reduction of water, waste, and carbon through the lens of apparel sustainable innovation.

Current projects within this role include a large training piece around resource efficiency that Mather is directing for WRAP and the UK brands and retailers. As the inventor of two global patents, she constantly thinks outside of the box, driving R&D for zero impact to the environment and the communities within it. The area of bio-based resources is an area Mather has been working on for the past five years and continues to drive conversation, collaboration, and interest in order to get it on the agendas of those in the industry.

John Warner, Ph.D.

President, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors
John Warner received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering). In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC, a research organization developing green chemistry technologies, in which he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education.

One of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, Warner co-authored the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He has published over 200 patents, papers, and books. His recent work in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, solar energy, and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications.

Warner received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002, and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. He was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.