Sustainability News

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Allison Byers

STEM has been a huge acronym buzz word in education in recent years, standing for the “hard science” pillars of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but an initiative led by the Rhode Island School of Design is hoping to turn that into STEAM. Aimed at promoting the national movement of putting arts and design in the STEM education program, STEM to STEAM seems to be picking up momentum with its argument that creativity and flexible thinking are just as important to innovation as science.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Christina Linden

The 38 Harriet Street micro-studio building in San Francisco

"Sustainability" and "green building" in architecture are elusive concepts. Does a sustainable building simply support its own energy needs for the duration of its existence? Or does it also need to compensate somehow for the energy involved in its "birth" and "death" -- its initial construction and eventual demolition?

The architect and alumna Taeko-Karyn Takagi (Architecture 2002) has spent her career deeply engaged in both defining and answering such questions.

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Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Barbara Holmes, "feed/rest/nest" (2013)

The work discussed in this story is on view in the exhibition By-Product Becomes Product at Intersection for the Arts (925 Mission Street, San Francisco) through March 30, 2013. There is an artists' talk on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. (free and open to the public).

We all know that formaldehyde is toxic, but you may not know that it's an essential component of the glues that bind together such commonly used construction materials as plywood and particle board. And unlike asbestos, which becomes inhalable and therefore harmful only when disturbed, these composite wood panels actually off-gas formaldehyde all the time.

The artist Christine Lee, who has been a lecturer at CCA for the past several years, was concerned about the effects of formaldehyde gas -- not only on people dwelling in structures made of these materials, but also on the artists who use them, possibly without even knowing they are exposing themselves to harm.

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Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Allison Byers

Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change is the ideal first step for any designer – in fact for anyone – who wants to find information and ideas to address one of the major issue facing fashion today: how to make the clothes we wear more friendly to the environment.

The authors of this book, Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose, are thought leaders on the subject of fashion sustainability. They have played key roles in raising awareness of the environmental cost of fashion and through their own practice, have transformed the way many think about sustainable fashion.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

The arts and culture publication Artforum may be used to commenting on the world of museums and galleries, but now they find themselves as the work of art itself. In her Artforum Excavation Series, Francesca Pastine carves the magazines to form colorful, sculptural pieces that seem to melt down the wall, fold in on themselves, and form sculptural structures. Using an Xacto blade, the San Francsico-based artist painstakingly carved each page creating what she calls "unsolicited collaborations."

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed
Risingleaf Impressions, 2012
Hardcover/Paperback, 200 pages, $85/$49.50

Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed is a bioregional anthology with a global vision, edited and published by Paola Berthoin (Printmaking 1983). It features 37 authors and eight additional individuals featured on a CD of excerpts from interviews mixed with natural sounds from the watershed.

It includes Berthoin's plein air paintings and photographs and works by two local artists, Pamela Takigawa and Anne Greene.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by Allison Byers

In December 2011, 12,000 people gathered in Durban, South Africa, at the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change to discuss and assess progress in dealing with climate change.

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Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Jim Norrena

The next time you butter your bread or pinch some salt or add crème fraîche to your coffee while dining at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, the world-renowned eatery known for using local, organic foods and credited as the inspiration for the style of cooking known as California cuisine, you'll likely be holding a piece of art made by CCA ceramicist Travis McFlynn (Sculpture 2013).

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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Jim Norrena

(film still) "Design Thinking" by CCA alumna and faculty member [Indhira Susana Rojas Sánchez

The Huffington Post published the following article by Aaron Sankin October 8, 2012:

America's Greenest City: San Francisco Now Reuses 80 Percent of Its Waste

San Francisco has reached a crucial milestone in its quest to become the greenest city in America. Late last week, the city announced that it successfully diverted 80 percent of its waste away from landfills and into compost or recycling programs in 2011 -- the highest level achieved by any major city in the country.

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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

From the rise of nail art blogs to the fashion industry’s embrace in recent years of out-of-the-box polish hues tied to seasonal trends (remember jade, anyone?), nail color is huge these days with everyone from young teenagers on up. But where’s a girl to go for fingertips that shine in shades you won’t see everywhere else? You might turn to new San Francisco company Floss Gloss. Co-Founders and California College of the Arts alums Aretha Sack and Janine Lee use their art backgrounds to produce unusual, rich hues made without DBP, toluene or formaldehyde.

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