First created as Green Design in 1998, the program was reborn in 2008 as reDesign, and revised in 2012 as Sustainable Design with goals of:

  • Connecting designers to sustainable tools and resources
  • Encouraging sustainable design methods, growth, and learning
  • Developing new ways to bring these benefits to market

It’s becoming hard to ignore the growing interest in sustainable design. Even the most unlikely companies and groups are making moves to both incorporate and understand its meanings. New ideas for packaging, printing, and even interactive practices are being developed by the minute all across the globe. The growth, interest, and technologies seem endless. Time will tell where it takes us, but for now we at Sustainable Design hope to provide you with a base of support and resources for better design methods, ideas, and knowledge. Want more information? Email the Associate Director of Sustainable Design.

Past Events

Green Drinks

Twin Cities Green Drinks is part of a global non-movement to charge your eco spirit, make some new connections, and learn a thing or two. Events happen every second Wednesday of the month with different sustainable-minded organizations hosting over the calendar year. The Sustainable Design initiative has hosted many of these great events.

Sustainable Fim Series

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Sustainable Design initiative have teamed up to bring you thought-provoking, informative films on sustainability issues and solutions. The films are usually shown at MCAD, but look for another special event on the Greenway this year!

Sustainable Design Retreat

Two Sustainable Design Retreats have been held that involved captivating speakers and activities. Speakers included Jeff Johnson from Spunk Design Machine, Bjorgvin Saevarsson and Maikel van de Mortel from Element Six Media and Joshua Foss of Thrive Sustainable Design.

Interested in Volunteering?

These sustainably minded volunteers are passionate about design choices that affect the planet and society. This committee works to provide sustainable resources, ideas and practices to designers and the community, and strives to make AIGA Minnesota sustainable in its operations and events. No need to be an expert, just bring a desire to learn more and be a sustainable design advocate. Volunteers have the opportunity to help maintain a resource of sustainable practices and materials, plan and promote events and programming, prepare communications to members through available chapter media, staying current with the Living Principles, an AIGA national sustainable design initiative, as well as other relative industry topics, and act as a Sustainable Design Ambassador with other AIGA Minnesota committees.

Contact Leadership

Chair, Sustainable Design