Sustainability News

Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Happy Earth Day, CCA!

California College of the Arts is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, an education service that helps students select and apply to colleges.

CCA's inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition reinforces the college's reputation as an exemplary institution of higher education committed to sustainability.

The news, which USA Today reported Wednesday, April 20, arrives just in time for today's Earth Day celebration—and brings to a close CCA's Earth Week festivities with a remarkable bang!

The Guide to 311 Green Colleges, the first and only free comprehensive college guidebook to focus solely on high-ranking U.S. colleges and universities, showcases outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability in and out of the classroom (e.g., environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings). The 220-page guide contains profiles of 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada, all of which demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Jill Bliss and LucyView slideshow 

Jill Bliss's latest Chronicle Books publication, Drawing Nature: A Journal, unites three of her passions: design, teaching, and nature. Bliss, who received her MFA in 2004 from CCA's Graduate Program in Design, has now been collaborating with the San Francisco-based publisher for seven years. "This new journal is based on classes I've been teaching in local parks here in Portland, Oregon.

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Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Industry guest Christine Marcellino (Alite Designs) reviews prototypes and form studies by student Haley Toelle

Ask not what your function can do for your fashion, but rather what can your fashion can do for your function. — Anonymous

Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Best of Both Worlds

“Form over function” has taken on a whole new meaning for the students who completed last fall’s undergraduate “Fashioning Functional Gear” course. The interdisciplinary studio united the Fashion Design and Industrial Design programs in eco-conscious investigation and technological innovation.

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Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Jason Engelund

courtesy WAZO Design Institute

2011 is the inaugural year of the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards program, one of the anchor initiatives of CCA's Center for Art and Public Life. This program enables interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to develop and implement social innovations through their studies in art, architecture, design, and writing. We are pleased to announce the winning IMPACT Teams for 2011! Each team has been awarded $10,000 toward their project.

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Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Students, staff, and faculty can get involved in many ways! [photo: Jim Norrena]

All CCA students, staff, and faculty are invited to celebrate sustainability and the environment by participating in Earth Week @ CCA, which runs from April 17 to 22.

As we continue to "Dream Big" at CCA, the Office of Student Life and the President's Sustainability Steering Group have put together a series of events and initiatives to celebrate sustainability and the environment!

Here's how to get involved in Earth Week @ CCA:

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Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Samantha Braman

Growing up on a wildlife preserve in California surrounded by farms, homesteaders, nature writers, and the Tahoe National Forest, Maria Ryan (Sculpture 2005) spent most of her time outdoors. When she got to CCA and heard about the availability of Center Student Grants, an idea germinated, and the outcome proved life-changing. She used the grant money to spend the following summer studying plants in the Sierra Nevada and teaching a complementary course, titled "Quilting Indigenous Plant Life of the Sierra Foothills." The project combined her love for nature, handwork, and textiles, and in the end led to the production of a public artwork.

"I used an abandoned building as a community center where I held classes for local children. I hired two guest teachers: one a Maidu woman, who taught the ecological and botanical value of each indigenous plant, and the other Louis Bluecloud, a skilled Mohawk artist who gave lessons in graphic pattern design by stenciling.

"Writing the proposal and seeing this project to completion, I recognized the strength that any project acquires through collaboration. I gained priceless experience, working to engage various factions of the community and utilizing local institutions as assets in the creative process."

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Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Last month the humanities and sciences division at California College of the Arts presented Water Works, an exhibition on the Oakland campus that showcased collaborative and independent student projects that featured water as the running theme.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Associate professor Lynda Grose (right) with student

In the recently published Christian Science Monitor article "Trendy Threads from Waste," contributing writer Micheal Benanav turned to CCA Fashion Design Program assistant professor Lynda Grose and alumna Karina Michel (BFA 2009) for their expertise in designing with sustainability and economy of resources in mind.

Linda Grose: Industry Specialist & Sustainable Design Consultant

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Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Fashion Design faculty member Lynda Grose [photo: Jim Norrena]

Known for her expertise in developing and promoting sustainable-minded practices in clothing manufacturing, Fashion Design assistant professor Lynda Grose was recently cited in the January issue of Mother Jones magazine ("Is Fake Leather Really More Eco-Friendly?").

The popular magazine turned to Grose because of her assertions that businesses within the fashion industry can be designed to create less impact by changing their focus.

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Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes
Timber Press, 2011
Paperback, 172 pages, $19.95

Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers -- achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves on an autumn day. Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer and CCA faculty member and MFA alum Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them.

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