• "Green" Trade Fair Offers Environmentally Friendly Design Options

3/11/2009


An array of "green" interior design products

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University presented the third annual Design for the Environment sustainable/green design trade fair March 5th in the 10 Saint James Galleria in Boston’s Back Bay. 

Design for the Environment was organized by Interior Design graduate students in the Sustainable Design for Interiors course taught by Professor Karen Clarke. The event showcased the sustainable products and services offered by New England’s leading design showrooms and vendors. 

Professor Clarke, whose Interior Design students not only organized the event and  secured the vendors who participated, but also created marketing  in terms of posters and other materials, spoke highly of the impact of the project on the community,  “I think this is a great education for not only our students, but also our faculty.  We also have Suffolk representation, with our recycle bag.  We’re going green, in a big way.” 

Professor Adrian Mendoza, who teaches Graphic Design at NESAD, elaborated on the importance of the trade fair for current students and faculty, “It’s a great excuse for interior designers to get to talk to reps, who are people who sell material in the contract world, and gives us connections out in the real world.  It also gets our different departments at NESAD together, because we have a green printing press here, as well as other sustainable aspects of interior design.  It raises awareness to the community and gets people thinking green.“

The design community, along with society as a whole, has become increasingly aware that a new, more “bio-friendly” approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing the health of all species.

“If I can get my students to think green and think about all the aspects of making more green buildings, that’s where the jobs are.  That’s my goal.  To make sure these students come out of this program and get a job, and do well,” Clarke added. The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University is committed to educating designers who are conversant with both design strategies and building technologies associated with environmentally responsible structures and spaces.


NESAD students from the 2008 Design for the Environment trade fair observe new design options

For more information, visit NESAD's Green Design page.

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