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Sustainable Product Design Summit October 26-27

When we talk about issues of sustainability, those discussions reach the superficial depths at best unless we design for sustainability at the outset. Otherwise, we’re always playing catch up. True sustainability means being proactive, not just reactive.

That’s why conferences like the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Sustainable Product Design Summit are so important. Held on 26-27 October, in Miami (USA), the conference will help anyone and everyone involved with product design learn to better address how to reduce social & environmental impacts through product design in key areas of the life cycle.

The event is billed as “the world’s leading” sustainable design summit and will address cost-effectively implementing lifecycle thinking and sustainability into product design and strategies and practical steps to integrate it.

The conference brings together heads of product design, environment, innovation, R&D, and CSR from around the globe in an interactive, collaborative forum to discuss what has worked, what hasn’t, and how to move forward in integrating life cycle thinking into the design process.

Among the speakers:

  • Vince Voron, global director of industrial design, Coca Cola
  • Kevin Butt, general manager and chief sustainabilityofficer, Toyota USA
  • Kate Brass, ecoimagination leader, GE
  • Amanda Cattermole, director Global Innovation Group, Levi Strauss
  • Michael Murphy, director: design for the environment, Dell
  • Doug Palmer, senior director, quality and environmental strategy, Motorola
  • Jim Goddard, innovation director, Nike
  • Andrew Hartman, design director — new business, Philips
  • Andy Clifton, eesign for environment capability owner, Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace

This is just a partial listing.

Truly, these are the sustainability industry’s rock stars. Come join them and start your sustainability efforts truly from the ground up!

Written by Heidi Tolliver-Walker

Heidi Tolliver-Walker has been a commercial and digital printing industry analyst, feature writer, columnist, editor, and author for nearly 20 years. She is known for her meticulous research and no-nonsense perspective. In addition to having written thousands of industry articles for top industry publications, she and Richard Romano have been the face of the well-respected industry research firm The Industry Measure (TrendWatch Graphic Arts) for many years. In her more than 13-year tenure with the firm, she has written countless reports on digital printing, 1:1 (personalized) printing, Web-to-print, personalized URLs, and other hot industry applications. She is also a long-time contributing editor and columnist for Printing News, for which she writes two monthly columns, including "Personal Effects," which features monthly analysis of 1:1 (personalized) printing case studies. She is also the author of three titles for the National Association of Printing Leadership: Designer's Printing Companion, Ink & Color: A Printer's Guide, and Diversifying Via Value-Added Services. As a small, niche publisher (Strong Tower Publishing), she is active in utilizing these technologies in her own business, as well.

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