Sustainable Minds Workshop, Apr 24, 2009

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Friday, April 24, 2009

Sustainable Minds Workshop, Apr 24, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)
1 Broadway
Kendall Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
United States

Map and Directions

Created for, and offered only to, friends of Sustainable Minds
This workshop is by invitation only to individuals and organizations who have worked with, met with, and supported Sustainable Minds in the product development process, or are currently running a trial. This is our way of thanking you and continuing our human-centered design process in the design of our workshops! Sustainable Minds is now in beta but not yet publicly advertised or available. (There is no information about this workshop on the Web site.)

What you'll learn

Whether you yourself want to learn more, or you'd like others in your organization to start acquiring ecodesign knowledge and skills, this workshop has been designed to enable you to use Sustainable Minds with greater proficiency to deliver even greater value to your organization now.

How to design 'greener' products right, from the start.
  • Background to ecological issues in design, ecological impact assessment methods and life cycle assessment
  • Innovation through ecodesign strategies     
How to conduct a Sustainable Minds LCA.
  • Understanding Okala Impact Factors
  • When and how in the design process Sustainable Minds can be used
  • How to interpret results to generate new concepts
  • How to integrate environmental impact assessment into your current design processes


  • Individuals from product design and engineering consultancies and manufacturing companies who are championing sustainable products
  • Educators in industrial design and mechanical engineering programs who are teaching the next generation of practitioners.

There are many people in an organization involved in making decisions about how products are made. That's why everyone needs to use a life cycle thinking approach; designers, design engineers, product managers, product development directors, sustainability managers, marketers and executives in charge of sustainable development. Because of this, we recommend sending 1+ people from your organization!

Also attending – Meet the SM team and our expert LCA and product design partners.

Tuition: $995

As an additional ‘friend of SM’ benefit, included with the workshop is a 15-month, single user subscription to Sustainable Minds – an additional three months added to our standard annual subscription. Accounts will be activated prior to the workshop so participants can familiarize themselves with conducting a Sustainable Minds LCA.


Philip White, IDSA, Sustainable Minds’ VP of Sustainable Product Design, is an ecological design strategist who develops ecologically intelligent products and systems. He specializes in helping students and practitioners apply ecodesign strategies and advanced environmental impact assessment methods. Philip organized the development and is the lead author of the Okala Ecological Design Curriculum that is used by more than 40 schools of product design in North America. He writes extensively about design and ecology and has been published in ID Magazine (New York), Items (The Netherlands), Curve (Australia), and Innovation (US). More >

We’re looking forward to your participation in this exciting event.

About Sustainable Minds

Sustainable Minds is a green product design software and information company. delivers enterprise analytics in an on-demand software and information service that provides a system for companies to credibly estimate, evaluate, and track their products' life cycle environmental performance. At the core is design decision support software that enables life cycle assessment and rapid iteration of product concepts in the earliest stages of design.

Sustainable Minds integrates the science of Okala with powerful Web 2.0 capabilities to develop the skills and knowledge of design teams to grow new revenue and markets through greener product innovation.

Contact Information

  • Brooke Grace
    Phone: 617-833-2320
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