Center for Sustainable Design, UK
The Center for Sustainable Design (CfSD), one of the UK’s premier group’s focused on sustainable design thinking, was established in 1995. CfSD focuses on product sustainability and sustainable innovation, providing research, consulting, conferences, and training for public and private sector clients in Europe, North America and Asia.
I have worked with Martin Charter, CfSD director, as a conference advisor, presenter and juror on several of events. The opportunity to bring CfSD to Chicago in 2006 for its annual conference on Total Sustainable Product Design and Innovation was a milestone. It was CfSD's first conference in North America. We have built, and continue to enjoy, a strong and productive relationship.
Design Makes Change
Design Makes Change is a group of designers, artists, and educators living and working in Chicago. Partnering with organizations, community leaders, businesses, and education bodies they are organizing and supporting a series of annual design competitions to address environmental, social, and infrastructural issues in Chicago. The competitions focus on a different neighborhood each year and aim to encourage designers to understand and address the challenges we face by investing their design skills to create cleaner, safer neighborhoods and a healthy Chicago for everyone. Great idea!
There ’s lots of positive energy and
creative thinking here. Lead organizers Siobhan Gregory, Janalyn Hubbell,
and Wendy Uhlman are making this effort worth the connection for anyone who
knows that Art and Design has a significant role in shaping the future and who
wants to be a part of it all. Advising this group since its inception has strengthened my belief in a bright future for "The Windy City."
George P. Nassos & Associates, Inc.
Sustainable Energy Systems
George leads both George P. Nassos & Associates, Inc.
and Sustainable Energy Systems
Today, through his consultancy, George provides
corporate training and guidance to organizations that want to make sustainability a pervasive core
discipline. We often collaborate in these engagements.
Founded in 1989, Green Seal develops life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offers third-party certification to those that meet its criteria standard. Green Seal raises the bar, seeking to move organizations and the products they make forward in a virtuous cycle of striving for the highest common denominator.
Having worked with these dedicated people on early standards and on projects from cleaning products, research projects and the implementation of hotel and restaurant programs has deepened my understanding of the path we must take if we are to get serious about sustainability. Green Seal’s president, Arthur Weissman is a friend, mentor and colleague.
J. Ottman Consulting
Jacqueline Ottman has a firm belief in the power of the market and in innovation to affect needed change. She brings over twenty years of working with sustainability leaders, coupled with blue chip consumer packaged goods expertise and rigorous attention to strategy to help businesses and other organizations meet their consumers' needs sustainably.
Working with her on DesignGreen and other projects related to changing our thinking and behavior about making, marketing and consuming of products has been and continues to be a pleasure. Her passion for positive change is contagious…
Her latest publication: “The New Rules of Green marketing, Strategies, Tools and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding” opens the reader to the emerging, greening landscape of the marketplace. We all have a role to play in making it a more fertile place to steward a sustainable society, be we producing, purveying or purchasing…
The Responsibility Alliance founded by Gary Waterworth Owen in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit- is an alliance of ‘EcoVenturers’ - explorers and entrepreneurs - all committed to restoring water resources, improving food security, community based development, nature conservation, sustainable product design, eco tourism and responsible leadership that contributes to a more prosperous and equitable world.
In Gary’s words, ” Via short journeys towards sustainability - participants learn firsthand about Responsible Water Stewardship, Global Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Design for Social Impact, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Conservation. They are inspired and equipped to return home, eager to embed effective and innovative solutions to the global challenges now confronting every individual, company and community on planet earth.
There’s a long story here, and it’s a site worth exploring. As I believe, sustainability, will be achieved if we rewrite our story; the story about how we relate to each other and to the earth. We have done a bit together and need to do much more. Gary is a kindred spirit…
The Compression Institute
Robert W. “Doc” Hall is Professor Emeritus, Indiana University. He now lives in Hondo, TX. Hall is a founding member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, with a long background in manufacturing and academia.
As an advisory board member to the institute I hope to contribute to its continual learning and incorporate the frameworks and practices that result into my work.
To be continued....