Welcome to the class blog for Integrated Sustainability for the Products of Design department at the School of Visual Arts. The first of the three part mini-course series, Integrated Sustainability One, challenges first year students to make socio-environmental consequences personal to their emerging design practice. Students will explore global ecological challenges then model their own influence on these issues through quantitative research, applications and tools. By further elucidating individual and class values and worldviews, students will uncover motivations, barriers and incentives for creating positive sustainable impact, in order to develop both personal and department-wide ethics for sustainability.

The course is taught by Rebecca Gard Silver, sustainability and innovation consultant and educator at SVA and Parsons.