Sustainability News

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Winning CCA project in the 2018 COTE Top Ten for Students.

Two teams from CCA’s Architecture division were announced as winners in the fourth-annual Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten for Students awards. This design and ideas competition is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence and is organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

CCA Ceramics Department and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge Working on Año Nuevo Island

Ceramics Professor and Chair Nathan Lynch and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their Seabird Nest Program. The project, originally brought together with Matthew Passmore at MoreLab, focuses on designing and fabricating ceramic nesting modules for seabirds around the world who are at risk from habitat degradation and predation. You can watch videos of Nathan and CCA students' work on California's remote Año Nuevo Island on

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

Students and faculty from our Architecture department are tackling the trending environmental issue of rising tides in the Bay Area in the Resilient by Design challenge (you may have read about it on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle).

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

Alumna Ashley Eva Brock

“I knew when I went to school for fashion design that incorporating sustainability was important to me and CCA (California College of the Arts) is one of the few fashion design schools that takes sustainability seriously, so that made it very attractive… While there I got to study under Lynda Grose and something that Lynda emphasized was to think about sustainability as a many faceted approach and that no one thing is going to save the world. She encouraged us to continually think of different ways and approaches to bring sustainability into design.”

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Maggie Beasley

Photo: Flooding on Highway 37 last February shut down this road through Novato for about two weeks

Ten teams of experts will hit the ground this week in a yearlong blitz to bolster the Bay Area against rising seas and other potentially catastrophic risks posed by the changing climate.

The project, dubbed Resilient by Design, was inspired by a similar planning challenge to rebuild east coast locations ravaged by “Superstorm” Sandy in October of 2012.

“We’ve realized that our current systems aren’t set up to address what we know is happening,” says Amanda Brown-Stevens, a land use advocate who is heading up the project. “So we want the teams to think outside the box.”

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 by Laura Braun

This past Monday evening at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, a lively crowd gathered to see the West Coast screening of the film. It was produced by Levi Strauss Foundation grantee Remake – an organization dedicated to igniting a conscious consumer movement – and directed by Oscar winning cinematographer Asad Faruqi.

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Lynda Grose in the Fashion Design studios at CCA

It begins with a simple question: How were my clothes made? But the answer can often be elusive.

April 24–31 is Fashion Revolution Week, which aims to create greater transparency in the fashion industry. It was established to coincide with the anniversary of the devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on April 24, 2013.

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Laura Braun

Hundreds of thousands of tons end fabric waste up in landfill in the U.S. alone every year. Lintite is a new material made of dryer lint and concrete that aims to reduce some of this waste. This past week, Daniel Lev Coleman (Industrial Design) debuted his new collection of lintite furniture at Milan Design Week.

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Jim Norrena

In fall 2016, senior Industrial Design students enrolled in ID5: Context, the fifth of six required studio courses for their major, received the unique opportunity to engage in a rigorous start-to-finish design process reimagining French automaker Renault's two-seat Z.E. electric car (a.k.a. Twizy).

The studio course, which involves the engagement of an industry partner, provided a focus on identifying design opportunities, incorporating future technologies, and creating meaningful brand and product experiences while explicitly addressing the physical, emotional, and sensorial needs of Renault’s users.

Such industry partner engagements hold tremendous value for students and the industry partner alike.

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 by Laura Braun

Jacques studied fashion design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for two years, then transferred to California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, where she focused on textiles and sustainability.
 
During her studies, she took a natural dye course and fell in love.
 

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