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IPS22808: Session MGMT: Business Case for Sustainable Design Practices

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This class will take a pragmatic approach to designing for business-sustainability win-wins. Sustainable design practices can help your business improve product performance, save money, AND reduce your products’ environmental footprints all at once. Autodesk’s tools can drive better design decisions, saving time, energy, and materials, while making our products more durable and future-proof. We’ll explore key industry trends and illustrate how Autodesk’s products can help you achieve sustainability goals, delivering results that are good for both profits and the planet.



Dawn Danby

Dawn Danby is a sustainable design strategist at Autodesk. Recent work focuses on elevating sustainable practices among Autodesk industry customers, as well as advancing safety and sustainability in additive manufacturing, collaborating with specialists in green chemistry and biomimicry. She supported the 100+ eco-hackers at the POC21 Innovation Camp in France, working to create open source, grassroots responses to climate change in advance of the COP21 global talks in Paris. In 2011, she launched the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, a free resource that has taught millions of students how to tackle resource challenges through design, architecture and engineering practices.

As a designer, Dawn created a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border, built custom furniture, and worked to advance closed-loop manufacturing strategies. Dawn co-authored the bestselling book Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century. She has taught sustainability to numerous graduate students, given dozens of talks around the world, and was recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. She serves on the board of Catapult Design. Dawn has an industrial design degree from RISD and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Follow Dawn on Twitter @ecoworkshop

Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd is an environmental technologist and design manager. At Autodesk, he works to cultivate sustainable design best practice among the company’s design and engineering customers, and beyond. His life prior to Autodesk included consulting in both product development and the built environment. His product-oriented work has encompassed issues related to toxicity, design for environment, climate, and supply chain adaptation. He has a special interest in energy efficiency in buildings, and has undertaken related work at scales ranging from whole cities to commercial kitchens. He recently supported the 100+ eco-hackers at the POC21 Innovation Camp in France, working to create open source, grassroots responses to climate change. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a BA from Princeton University.



  • 2016
  • IPS22808
  • AU Las Vegas, Impact Summit