Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Designers Accord: Sustainable Design

The Designers Accord is a global coalition of designers, educators, researchers, engineers, and corporate leaders, working together to create positive environmental and social impact. It is made up of over 100,000 members of the creative community, representing 100 countries, and each design discipline.

The vision of the Designers Accord is to integrate the principles of sustainable design into all practice and production. Their mission is to catalyze innovation throughout the creative community by collectively building our intelligence around sustainability.

Do no harm;
Communicate and collaborate;
Keep learning, keep teaching;
Instigate meaningful change;
Make theory action

Valerie Casey (right) founded the Designers Accord, a call to arms for the creative community to reduce the negative impact caused by design, and to work collaboratively to inspire change in the design industry and in consumer behavior. Valerie heads a global practice at IDEO, where she designs socially and environmentally sustainable products, services, and business models for companies around the world. Valerie has published and lectured on design throughout the international community, and is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts. She holds a master's degree in cultural theory and design from Yale University, and a BA from Swarthmore College.

Click on the heading above to go to the website of Designers Accord.

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