Published: Nov. 22, 2022

As CU Boulder and the United Nations Human Rights co-host the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit,the students of Environmental Design are making waves by showcasing their design work related to climate change.

The public unveiling of the work began at the Firefly Handmade Market on Pearl Street, whereenvironmental product design students constructed a pop-up shopto showcase and selltheirdesigned and manufactured products. Many items sold out as the public snapped up the sustainable products, made primarily from upcycled and diverted waste.

Each of the products offered commentary on climate change and were accompanied by a story and process video showing the students’ design and manufacturing process. After the pop-up shop’s success, products were selected and included in a more extensive exhibition of student work related to sustainable design solutions.

The curated exhibition, Thoughtful Climate Solutions for the Here and Now,will showcase product design and projects highlighting sustainable architecture and landscape solutions to mitigate climate change. The exhibit will run Dec.1–9, withan open house celebration on Dec. 9. Make plans to visitthe exhibit, and see what the next generation of environmental designers has in store for us.

Please note: Items willnot be for sale at the open house or the exhibition.Visit the or on Instagram to learn more about the shop.

If you go

Exhibition: Dec. 1–9
Open house celebration: Friday, Dec. 9,6–7:30 p.m.
Location: 1060 18th St., Boulder

My classmates and I saw firsthand how product design can positively engage the community through use of sustainable and recycled materials as well as effective storytelling.”
–Zoe Turner, student andproduct designer

Being able to design, makeand sell responsible and sustainable productsshows we can use design to actually change people's behavior and the world.”
–Ping Wolf, student and product designer

These students are pushing boundaries and showing the rest of us what the future of products will be: a thoughtful, responsibleand sustainable future where users care more about the story and environmental responsibility of a product than just buying the next shiny thing.”
–Jared Arp, teaching assistant professor