As CU Boulder and the United Nations Human Rights co-host the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit,Ìıthe 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, whereÌıenvironmental product design students constructed a pop-up shopÌıto showcase and sellÌıtheirÌıdesigned 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 studentsâ design and manufacturing process. After the pop-up shopâs 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,Ìıwill showcase product design and projects highlighting sustainable architecture and landscape solutions to mitigate climate change. The exhibit will run Dec.Ìı1â9, withÌıan open house celebration on Dec. 9. Make plans to visitÌıthe exhibit, and see what the next generation of environmental designers has in store for us.
Please note: Items willÌınot be for sale at the open house or the exhibition.ÌıVisit the or on Instagram to learn more about the shop.
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.â
âZoe Turner, student andÌıproduct designer
Being able to design, makeÌıand sell responsible and sustainable productsÌıshows we can use design to actually change people's behavior and the world.â
âPing 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, responsibleÌıand sustainable future where users care more about the story and environmental responsibility of a product than just buying the next shiny thing.â
âJared Arp, teaching assistant professor