Sat, Apr 22nd, 10:00am - 9:00pm
811 Lasalle Avenue, Lasalle Court Building, Minneapolis MN 55402

Earth Tones, Sustainable Design Retreat

Spend Earth Day with AIGA Minnesota. Join us for a day of insights from cross disciplinary experts in sustainability. Adding perspectives from their area of expertise, each speaker will answer the question: What do designers need to know to help shape a world that is Ecologically Sound, Economically Viable, and Socially Just and Humane? (language from afors.org). Join the conversation on Facebook. Gallery13 811 Lasalle Avenue, Lasalle Court Building, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Map Parking is available at US Bancorp Center Public Parking Public Transportation/Biking encouraged.

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Rates: Supporting, Student Members and up | $60 Contributing, Student Nonmembers | $70 Friend / Nonmembers | $75 Meals: Light Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Provided | Complementary Drinks

10:00 am Bryant Williams
11:15 am Jeff Mendelsohn
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:45 pm Holly Robbins, This is Folly
3:00 pm Sarah Peters
4:15 pm Cast Iron
5:30 pm Wendy Jedlicka

Holly Robbins, This Is Folly

Partner/Creative Director/Sustainable Design Pioneer thisisfolly.com TW: @thisisfolly IG: @thisisfolly This Is Folly is the award-winning, Minneapolis-based design partnership of John Moes and Holly Robbins. For over 20 years, both partners have been focused on developing best practices for sustainable design for themselves and their industry, in speaking and teaching on the topic, and on implementing sustainable design strategies in their work. Design for sustainability has become part of their nature, practice and operations. Before TIF, Holly was with Target in an associate creative director role for eight years where she helped introduce and institutionalize sustainability and sustainable design thinking. She and John were also also partners in the eco-pioneering firm Studio Flux in the 90s. Holly is a founding faculty member of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program.


Cast Iron

Environmentally responsible design. castirondesign.com TW: @castirondesign IG: @castirondesign We pair good design with positive impact by creating memorable brands, implementing environmentally responsible practices, and helping the design community do the same. We also enforce a strict zero-tolerance policy for Negative Nancies, Debbie Downers, litterbugs, and pretty much all other evildoers.


Jeff Mendlesohn

Social entrepreneur, strategic advisor, investor, systems thinker. newleafpaper.com TW: @NewLeafPaper Jeff Mendlesohn founded New Leaf Paper with the mission of leading a shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. Founded in 1998, New Leaf Paper put forth first positive vision for the paper industry integrating the principles of sustainability. New Leaf pioneered a collaborative business model and successfully executed a series of major, environmentally leading product innovations, creating a new market within the paper industry for truly sustainable products.


Wendy Jedlicka

President of Jedlicka Design a packaging and strategic marketing firm, and editor/coauthor of Wiley Publishing’s books — “Packaging Sustainability” and “Sustainable Graphic Design.” jedlicka.com TW: @wjedlicka Wendy is one of the founding faculty members of Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s groundbreaking Sustainable Design masters degree program, and an internationally recognized speaker on sustainable design and business issues.


Sarah Peters

Director of Public Engagement, Co-Director, Northern Spark Festival northern.lights.mn Northern Spark is a free, annual, dusk-to-dawn, multidisciplinary arts festival in the Twin Cities that draws tens of thousands of Minnesotans each year. The 2017 festival’s theme Climate Chaos | Climate Rising explores the interconnected, evolving, long-term consequences from climate change, giving local and national artists a platform to help turn a sense of overwhelmment into concrete actions anchored in a realistic and hopeful map for the future.

Bryant Williams

President of BK Environmental Industries bkenvironmental.industries TW: @thestoryofb1 Bryant Williams is a 15-year veteran in industrial hygiene and environmental engineering. He currently serves as the Board Chair for the Southeast Environmental Task Force and a Board member at large for the Plant Chicago in addition to his leadership at BK Environmental Industries. Bryant also served as the manager of engineering for the Cook County Department of Environmental Control, where he was involved in developing and implementing the Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance, one of the most impactful mandates in the Midwest. Bryant holds a degree in biology and environmental science from Olivet College. A lifelong resident of Chicago’s Southside, Bryant is  using his experience to help establish the Chicagoland area as a world-class model of sustainability.