As CU Boulder and the United Nations Human Rights co-host the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit, the students of Environmental Design are making waves by showcasing their design work related to climate change.
The public unveiling of the work began at the Firefly Handmade Market on Pearl Street, where environmental product design students constructed a pop-up shop to showcase and sell their designed and manufactured products. Many items sold out as the public snapped up the sustainable products, made primarily from upcycled and diverted waste.
Each of the products offered commentary on climate change and were accompanied by a story and process video showing the students’ design and manufacturing process. After the pop-up shop’s success, products were selected and included in a more extensive exhibition of student work related to sustainable design solutions.
The curated exhibition, Thoughtful Climate Solutions for the Here and Now, will showcase product design and projects highlighting sustainable architecture and landscape solutions to mitigate climate change. The exhibit will run Dec. 1–9, with an open house celebration on Dec. 9. Make plans to visit the exhibit, and see what the next generation of environmental designers has in store for us.
My classmates and I saw firsthand how product design can positively engage the community through use of sustainable and recycled materials as well as effective storytelling.”
–Zoe Turner, student and product designer
Being able to design, make and sell responsible and sustainable products shows we can use design to actually change people's behavior and the world.”
–Ping Wolf, student and product designer
These students are pushing boundaries and showing the rest of us what the future of products will be: a thoughtful, responsible and sustainable future where users care more about the story and environmental responsibility of a product than just buying the next shiny thing.”
–Jared Arp, teaching assistant professor