Designers and manufacturers are currently under pressure to make greener products. The will is there, but the expertise is lagging
Monterey, California (PRWEB) June 4, 2009
Sustainable Minds™, a green product design software and information services company, announced today it has launched a new series of nationwide workshops which provide valuable ecodesign and life cycle assessment knowledge and skills essential to delivering the quantifiable results critical to make environmentally sustainable product design decisions. The workshops provide a forum for developing a deeper and practical understanding of life cycle assessment using Sustainable Minds' on-demand software for modeling and evaluating the potential environmental and human health life cycle impacts of a product in early stage concept design. Sustainable Minds integrates the science of OkalaTM with existing product design tools and powerful Web 2.0 capabilities to develop the skills and knowledge of designers and their organizations to grow new revenues from greener product innovation.
"Designers and manufacturers are currently under pressure to make greener products. The will is there, but the expertise is lagging," says Terry Swack, co-founder and CEO of Sustainable Minds. "Our mission is to bring environmental sustainability to mainstream product design. It starts with increasing awareness and then delivering knowledge, strategies, processes and tools - not just to educators, designers and engineers, but to all types of people who have input into product design and manufacturing decisions. These workshops help product teams understand the impact of their design decisions holistically and early enough in the process so they are empowered to create a greener product from the start."
Previous attendees confirm the practical outcomes of a workshop designed to help a company accelerate their greener product design vision. "The potential is amazing - there's huge opportunity for product designers to grow and bring even more relevance to a large organization. The process is really accessible," states Greg Provost, a lecturer from Rhode Island School of Design and former Global Design Lead for Gillette.
Additional participants have been from forward-thinking and acting organizations including Whirlpool, Motorola, Celestica, Yakima, Frog Design, Lunar, Magnet, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute and others.
The one-day intensive hands-on workshop "Mastering Environmental Impact Assessment in the Design Process," is next scheduled for June 26th in New York City and July 11th in San Francisco. Workshop tuition is $995 and includes the workshop and annual software subscription. Visit http://www.sustainableminds.com to register and for more information.
About Sustainable Minds
Sustainable Minds, LLC is a green product design software and information services company. Its mission is to bring sustainable product design into mainstream product design and manufacturing in an accessible, empowering and credible way. To do this, the company has integrated deep knowledge of product design, life cycle assessment and environmental systems design, expertise in Web-based business, software design and customer experience. SustainableMinds.com is the first on-demand, early-stage design decision support software and information service that estimates a product's potential life cycle environmental and human health impacts, in a collaborative, learning work space. Sustainable Minds is committed to helping create products that are environmentally beneficial, economically viable and socially and ethically equitable. Autodesk is Sustainable Minds' Premier Strategic Relationship. More information about Sustainable Minds, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge Massachusetts, can be found at http://www.sustainableminds.com.