Sustainability News

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

“Absolutely, I think it’s a smart investment for students to learn about sustainable design, because it’s very much the future of our industry,” Amy Williams, chair of the fashion program at the California College of Arts, said.

So, with that in mind, and this being Earth Day and all, we rounded up the top five eco-minded fashion programs all around the globe.

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Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Textile students grow plants in the CCA Community Garden for organic dyeingView slideshow 

For the third year in a row, California College of the Arts has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.

The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles 320 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The free guide is the only comprehensive, annually updated guide its kind.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Amory Lovins to receive honorary doctorate from CCA

Amory Lovins, one of the world's leading innovators in energy and sustainability, will be recognized by California College of the Arts (CCA) with an honorary doctorate degree at its 106th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.

Lovins will deliver the commencement address to 527 CCA graduates and their families. He will also be honored at a private lunch the day before and participate in the post-commencement reception at the college's San Francisco campus.

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Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Allison Byers

A product is being developed out of the Forest Products Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin collaborating with artist Christine Lee and US Department of Agriculture's John F. Hunt. The product in process is a MDF alternative using no resins and a combination of biodegradable and recycled materials such as used cardboard, cow manure and sawdust.

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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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