How can we design a more sustainable world?

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If sustainability is the goal, where do we begin?

Teach sustainability principles to each new generation

Educators and students often ask how to integrate sustainability into their classes. A few key steps can grow into a cultural change at your school…

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High school students tackle the Hyperloop Pod Competition

Andrew Awad is a 17 year old senior from St. John’s School in Houston, TX and the founder and team captain of HyperLift, one of just 30 teams, and the only high school team, in the world advancing to the Hyperloop Pod Competition finals in January 2017....

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Designing portable energy solutions

Arcady Sosinov is the CEO and co-founder of FreeWire Technologies, makers of portable charging and power stations made with second-life batteries for charging electric vehicles. He is a graduate of the Haas School of Business, where he explored his passions around the automotive and clean energy sectors. Prior to FreeWire, Arcady had years of experience in quantitative analysis in the hedge fund industry, most recently focusing on emerging markets equities.

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Testing our waters: Using a Design Swarm to drive change

A year ago at this time the Industrial Design Society of America held their annual international conference in Seattle, brilliantly organized by my friend and former colleague, Surya Vanka. His unique energy led to several innovative conference experiences, one of which he called Design Swarms. A Swarm employs a timed competition to bring out the best in collaborative design thinking, and it provides the potential for creating meaningful solutions....

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What skills are needed for sustainability design?

Community organizing
Grant writing
Problem solving

Who should I follow if I want to learn more about sustainability?

Alex Lobos, Associate Professor of Industrial Design at RIT

Designer. Dreamer. Professor.

Alex Lobos was born in Guatemala, where he started his career as industrial designer. He moved to the United States in 2002 and since then he has focused on sustainability, emotional attachment and user-centered design as a means to elevate quality of life. Lobos is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

What software helps with sustainable design?

Fusion 360 can help you design and create a more sustainable world

Fusion 360 can help you ideate, design, prototype, and make sustainable products and structures. 

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Revit can help you design and construct a more sustainable world

Revit software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction.

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Where can I get started with sustainable design? What free online courses can I take?

Product Design: Innovative Packaging

This course introduces you to product packaging design and sustainable design principles using Fusion 360 CAD/CAM software. With a focus on improving an existing product form, function, and sustainability, this course explores leading edge opportunities for the design of a new second life detergent packaging solution.

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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Community Design Course

This project provides a learning experience in which you develop and apply your knowledge and skills to a real world design challenge inspired by the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Community Design Challenge in Diepsloot, South Africa. In this project, you'll apply user-centered design and sustainability practices to design a new water, sanitation and hygiene solution using Autodesk Fusion 360, a cloud-based CAD/CAM software for product design.

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Autodesk Sustainability Workshop

The Autodesk Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design. Register for free courses in Building Design and Product Design. Take a stand-alone course or bundle your courses to earn a certificate in Building Performance Analysis (BPA).

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How can I become certified in sustainable design?

Building Performance Analysis Certificate

The Autodesk Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program is a free, online self paced educational program, for students, educators and professionals, that will help improve your knowledge of building science fundamentals and Autodesk building performance analysis tools.

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Additional resources on sustainable design

Disrupting Design for the real world

Disrupting Design for the real world

“As a society we’re currently using twice as many resources as the planet can sustain.” Read Jamie Billing’s take on how practicing product designers should be adjusting their working methods to use the resources available to us more responsibly.

Completing BPA Certificate Program Celeste Martinez

Completing BPA Certificate Program – My Experience

Celeste Martinez shares her experience completing the Building Performance Analysis Certificate program. Read how gaining her certificate helped her while studying interior design and construction management at Fresno State University. 


Sustainable design and 3D printing

How can sustainability principles inform 3D design? To find out, we interviewed Matt Connelly, an entrepreneur and engineer.


Turning theory into practice

Most people understand the basic concept of Sustainability and its importance in today’s world, but when looking deeper into how to execute it, things get more complicated.


Sustainable design education with Autodesk Fusion 360

Professor Barent (New School of Design) educates all of his students on the importance of sustainable design to help address some of the today’s most challenging issues. In this video lesson, Barent highlights the reliability, accessibility, 3D modeling capabilities, and ease-of-use of Fusion 360.


Sustainability for better products

A strategy to address some of these issues that became common in households around the world in the 1970s was the 3-Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This article revisits the 3-R strategy, and applies it to basic principles in sustainable product design today.