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Session Speaker:


Prasad Boradkar

Director, InnovationSpace; Co-Director, The Biomimicry Center; Professor, Industrial Design, Arizona State University (Tempe)


Tobias Schultz

Manager of Environmental Sustainability Services LCA Practitioner SCS Global Services


Jim Ford

Director, Climate for Ideas





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session description


As impacts of global climate change become more severe and evident worldwide, it is even more critical for design, education and industry to find ways to respond. In this session you will be invited to engage in a lively discussion with presenters from academia, industry and the scientific community about what design can do to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. You will hear hard scientific facts, new methodological approaches, and the industry perspective on social and environmental issues. We have been focused far too long on a human-centric approach to design. We’ll discuss broadening our perspective and designing for all species, and how to quantify the impact of sustainable design to add triple bottom line value- to people, profit and the planet. 





Prasad Boradkar
Prasad Boradkar is Professor in Industrial Design at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe. He is the Director of InnovationSpace, a transdisciplinary laboratory at ASU where faculty and students from design, business, sustainability and engineering partner with corporations to develop human-centered product concepts that hold societal benefit and minimize impacts on the environment. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Biomimicry Center at ASU, an organization dedicated to the exploration of biologically-inspired solutions to problems of sustainability. Prasad is the author of Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (Berg 2010). He is the co-editor of Encountering Things, an anthology of essays on the cultural meaning of objects, and is currently working on a book on Indian design.




Tobias Schultz
Tobias Schultz’s expertise lies in the use of a set of advanced metrics for environmental sustainability. These metrics are based in life cycle assessment (LCA), accounting for all relevant impacts occurring across the entire life cycle, using indicators based in cutting-edge environmental science. These metrics have been developed with the help of some of the world’s leading scientists, are part of a near-final standard in the US, and are being proposed for incorporation into key international standards governing how LCAs and carbon footprints are completed. Under his oversight, the Environmental Sustainability Services business unit at SCS provides service offerings based on these metrics.


As a LCA practitioner at SCS, he put into practice the advanced LCA metrics, applying them to a wide range of industrial production systems, including paper, lumber, electricity generation, steel, aluminum, zinc, glass, biopolymers, plastics, and more.


He is an active member of the US Technical Advisory Group to the ISO Technical Committee 207 and the ANSI LEO-SCS-002 committee, and has spoken at numerous LCA and climate-related conferences.


Tobias holds a B.S., Physics from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.


An avid surfer, he also researches the carbon footprint of the surfing lifestyle, Surfboard Cradle-to-Grave, which he published in 2009.


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