2018, Fall, Fundamentals of Sustainability
Sustainability Focus: Lifecycle analysis and material health
Objective: The project scope was to analyze and recommend sustainable materials, packaging, and end of life.
FUNCTIONAL UNITS: 18 Months - lifetime of a shoe
• Sustainable colorways - Natural dyes
• Hit Compostable rating (90 days)
• Packaging Upgrades
• Performance enhancements
• Silhouette improvement
Our client is keen for us to think ‘out of the box’ when it comes to finding solutions to make the NPC UK Cotton+Corn shoe even more sustainable and improve its compostability timeline. To do this we are focusing on alternate materials to make the upper and lower of the shoe.
Additional colorway options are also an aspect our client wanted us to look into.
Currently, the packaging is 100% recycled, however, we are looking at using alternative materials or less packaging all together - which was also a specific request from Reebok.
2018, Fall, Fundamentals of Sustainability
Sustainability Focus: Cradle to Cradle
Objective: The seed kit service would be an optimal solution for those that are willing to grow their own food. Purchasing the use of the seed service kit and seeds of the consumers choice they would receive everything they need to grow herbs, vegetables, and fruit indoor or out. Large or small depending on the consumers wants, needs and limitations. Then once they are either finished growing, want to terminate service or resupply, upgrade or expand their grow operation they would use the online platform and customer service communications to use as their one stop shop.
This service would eliminate:
• The need to purchase store bought produce.
• Exposure to harmful produce via GMO, pesticides, and harmful chemicals used in industrial farming.
• Reliance on a national food system out of necessities.
2017, Fall, Making the Business Case for Sustainability
Sustainability Focus: Tourism, Consulting, Writing a sustainable business plan.
Objective: Over the course, we ideated a business model and wrote a business plan for this conceived model. I wrote a business plan for a model that consults and works with ski and beach resorts. Much like a brand would hire a creative consultant to build their brand, these resorts would hire Green Resort Consulting to make their resort sustainable in the aspects of waste management, sourcing, energy, product affiliation, operations, and overall brand and marketing.
2018, Spring, Innovation Tools + Techniques
Sustainability Focus: People, Mental Health, Quality of Life, Work Place, Biomimicry
Objective: Throughout the semester we were assigned to develop an idea by applying the innovation tools and techniques we were learning about each week to our idea. The Nine to Five app aims to put people in control of their work life to ensure they have the time to do what is important to them. What sparked this idea was the 9 to 5 grind that so many people endure.
2018, Spring, Fundamentals of Sustainability
Sustainability Focus: The Natural Step: Product Lifespan and Material Analysis
Objective: The assignment was to take the Natural Step Principles into action by applying the Natural Step's ABCD approach to a product I use daily. I chose the Zephyr Snowboard boot to analyze. Through this exercise I was able to identify company strengths that are already aimed towards sustainable practices. In addition, I found company weaknesses that the company could either change or improve to be more sustainable.
A = AWARENESS
Product waste and unsustainable areas
B = BASELINE ASSESSMENT
Finding strategic opportunities for change
C = CREATIVE SOLUTIONS
Offering creative solutions
D = DEVISE A PLAN
Provide a short-term, mid-term, long-term plan towards becoming more sustainable
2017, Fall, Creative Leadership
Sustainability Focus: Sustainable Leadership and Collaboration
Objective: Throughout this course, many forms of leadership were introduced. The objective of this Creative Leadership Blog was to document the assessments of these different types of leadership. This blog shows my contemplations, reflections, and growth on the topic of leadership and what forms of leadership are best to practice to maintain sustainable and healthy relationships in all aspects of life.