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Learning Design for Sustainability

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Our future depends on sustainable solutions. Learn why social, economic, and ecological sustainability is important to design and to our world.

The world is facing a number of environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our future depends on sustainable solutions that improve our lives, without adversely affecting our neighbors or our ecosystems. Designers have a unique role to play in the way forward. Watch this course to explore the tools, resources, and best practices of sustainable design. Designer, educator, and author Scott Boylston covers the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability. He walks through technical and social innovations that are making real change possible, across a variety of disciplines.


  • Welcome
1. What Is Sustainability?
  • Understanding the basics of sustainability
  • A diversity of sustainable design approaches
  • The sustainable development goals
  • Unleashing sustainability in all its forms
2. Perceptual Innovation
  • Life cycle thinking and natural capital
  • Nurturing life by design through closed loop thinking
  • Biomimicry: Nature as a design mentor
  • The stages of learning for sustainable business
  • Behavior change through design
3. Technical Innovation
  • Measuring impacts in the supply chain
  • sSWOT: From impacts to strategies
  • Service design and the sharing economy
  • The circular economy
  • How certifications can build businesses competencies and consumer trust
4. Social Innovation
  • Reframing design opportunities through social innovation
  • Social Design Pathways
  • A different kind of client: Designing with people, not for them
  • Facilitating change through design
  • Next steps

Taught by

Scott Boylston

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