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IND-687 Sustainability and Production

3 Credits

This course explores issues of sustainability and social responsibility in product design with an emphasis on materials and supply chain flows. The importance of the designer’s role in understanding the environmental and social consequences of creating and producing products will be emphasized. Studies on the impacts of production and consumption will be covered through readings, class discussions, and lecture materials. Student’s critical, analytical, and research skills will be developed by evaluating the environmental impacts of various materials and processes. Coupled with an advanced academic rigor and contemporary dialogue, these evaluations will be used to create baseline models; their findings will be used to develop alternative concepts that reduce environmental impacts of products .