The Industrial Design Program at California College of the Arts (CCA) will host a free panel discussion on April 9, 2008, as part of the West Coast tour of Design Green Now. Design Green Now is a series of free panel discussions exploring the integration of innovative tools into the "greening" of consumer products.
According to EcoSystems, the Brooklyn-based design consultancy that organizes Design Green Now, the purpose of the series is to inspire and empower emerging designers to begin building a sustainable future. CCA was invited to participate along with the other hosting institutions because of its long-standing commitment to sustainable design education.
The panelists will include Yves Béhar (principal, fuseproject, and chair, CCA Industrial Design Program), Valerie Casey (founder, the Designers Accord), Peter Kallen (men's products design director, Nau), Sarah Louise Todd (senior design analyst, frog design), Sophia Wang Traweek (cofounder, o2-Cascadia), and Richard Whitehall (director of industrial design, Smart Design). They will share their current green projects, the challenges they face, and the tools they use to create successful, sustainable designs.
Core77.com, one of the world's most respected and popular design communities, is on board as a media partner. Allan Chochinov, editor in chief, comments: "Core77 is thrilled to sponsor Design Green Now, which occupies a sweet spot at the intersection of education, sustainability, and innovation. The initiative will bring together professionals, students, fans, and enthusiasts, all engaged in sessions that will inspire creativity and promote positive social change."
EcoSystems' mission is to create products, systems, and services for a healthy planet. It uses innovative frameworks that engage and educate communities in collaborative developments. www.ecosystemsbrand.com
About California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent, nonprofit school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and eight graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of fine arts, and master of business administration degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls more than 1,600 full-time students.
Design Green Now 2008 West Coast Tour Schedule
April 1 Western Washington University, Bellingham
April 4 The Art Institute, Portland, Oregon
April 9 California College of the Arts, San Francisco
April 10 TBA
April 11 California State University, Long Beach