Scenes from the 2013 Partnership for Academic Leadership on Sustainability (PALS) Summit

I just returned from southern California, where several faculty and administrators from art and design schools across North America met to discuss advancing sustainability concerns at our institutions. Our meetings were held at the Otis College of Art and Design just down the road from LAX and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Here are a few scenes from the summit’s events.

On Day 1, renowned industrial designer Ezio Manzini joined us from Milan to discuss systemic disruption of unsustainable practices. The video also includes a panel featuring Otis faculty discussing sustainability initiatives both within the school and collaborations with communities in Los Angeles and around the world.

On Day 2, we moved over to Art Center in Pasadena, and among the presentations were talks by faculty there on curriculum and resources for sustainability.

Also on Day 2, members of the community across the continent presented on initiatives at our home institutions. About 80 minutes into this video is a panel discussion featuring sustainability minor coordinators from RISD (Damian White), Pratt (me), Otis (Michele Jaquis), and MICA (Hugh Pocock).

The summit concluded with a group presentation to the administrators at Otis on the past, present, and future of the partnership. Although the next in-person meeting is not until next fall here in New York, members plan to continue the discussions on advancing sustainability education online in the coming months.

Thanks to Deb Johnson, Michele Jaquis and all at Otis, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm and all at Art Center, and all the PALS fellows for an invigorating summit.

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