Sustainability Deep Dive 2021: Event Recap

Aug 27 2021 - 1:54pm


IDSA's second annual Sustainability Deep Dive, held June 9-10, 2021, built upon the original 2020 event's success with hundreds of designers from across the globe convening online to discuss sustainable design processes, circular systems, and energy equity. Eleven design students also attended this event for free, thanks to generous donations to the Design Foundation's DEI Event Access Program

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For four hours each day, SDD 2021 attendees enjoyed a panoply of insightful talks and breakout sessions with co-emcees Kevin Bethune and Sayeh Dastgheib-Beheshti, IDSA leading the way. At the end of Day 1, designers gathered over Zoom for a networking happy hour to connect and keep the conversations going.

Tap the SDD 2021 circle on IDSA's Instagram page for more highlights:


Learn more about the mission behind this event from the emcees, original organizers Jason Belaire, IDSA and Stephan Clamabaneva, IDSA, and the SDD 2021 content team of Dr. Sasha Alexander, IDSA, Matt Barnes, IDSA, Shruti Parikh, IDSA, and Ethan Smith, IDSA:

Links for continued learning:

Day 1:

Daniela Bohlinger, Head of Sustainability at BMW Group Design: "Sustainability as the Driver of Change"

Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Circular Economy at Sitra: "Design the Waste Out with Circularity"

Krystal Persaud, Founder and CEO of GroupHug Solar: "Design for Dystopia"

Tim McGee, Founder of LikoLab: "Life-Centered Design Handbook"

Theresa Millard and Jeff Zeman of TrueNorth Collective: "Sustainability Is a Journey—Taking Those First Steps"

Vijay Bhajantri, Product Designer Engineer at INDEED Innovation: "Cut The Crap: How to Consider CO2 Emissions in Your Design Decisions"

Kelsey Moffitt, Senior Industrial Designer at Terracycle's Loop Global: "Guiding Manufacturers Toward the Future of Sustainable Packaging"

Day 2:

Al Iannuzzi, Ph.D., Vice President, Sustainability at The Estée Lauder Companies: "The Making and Marketing of Sustainable Brands"

Chandra Farley, Just Energy Director at Partnership for Southern Equity: "Good Energy by Design"

Christian Engene, Sustainability Lead at Above: "Design that Addresses Global Challenges"

Louise Manfredi, Ph.D., IDSA, Assistant Professor, Industrial & Interaction Design at Syracuse University: "Design for Sustainability Ability: Exploring Supply and Demand"

Ren DeCherney, Business Development Manager at International Living Future Institute: "The Living Product Challenge: A Visionary Path for the Future of Products"

Marc O’Brien, Co-founder of The Determined and Climate Designers: "What If Every Designer Were a Climate Designer?"

A glimpse into the sessions:

From Kelsey Moffitt's presentation

From the Day 2 Roundtable discussion

From Vinay Bhajantri's presentation

Notes from SDD 2021 participants:

Liana Charles, IDSA, attendee: "Very good, thought-provoking conversations coming out of the #IDSADeepDive. Life-centered design, ethics/equity, circular business models, education, environmental policies, calls to action and sooo much more!"

Alan Cucknell, attendee: "Really enjoyed the discussions at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)'s Sustainability Deep this evening, especially the great discussions at happy hour! If design and sustainability are both meaningful to you, try to sign up...while you can!" 

Daniela Bohlinger, presenter: "Wow, how exciting to talk about our journey into a sustainable company. It was a pleasure."

Thanks to the SDD 2021 sponsors and event partners: