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    Thank you for helping Green Map System win a Superlative Award in America's Giving Challenge. With your support, we finished in the Top Ten. In addition to a $1500 prize, we raised $7890 in direct support!

    Thanks to you, with these funds, development has begun on our open interactive online Green Mapmaking tool that will help people worldwide quickly share their own selection of sustainability sites, pathways and resources. With open commentary, green ratings and multimedia elements, everyone can get involved! We're planning a public debut for mid-year, find out more anytime at

    With so much happening at Green Map, we invite you to subscribe to our monthly Newsletter – it arrives by email and is a great way to follow our progress.

    Add your address to the box on our home page or click reply and write 'Newsletter' in the subject line. Do it by Sunday to receive our March edition. If you prefer to follow our progress online, visit the News section of at your convenience.

    In addition, as seen at, we will print our new Icon Poster next week featuring our freshly updated global iconography. We'd be pleased to send all our wonderful Challenge donors a copy!

    If you would like a poster, click reply and send us your mailing address (we won't give it to other organizations). We also won't be bombarding you with email after this, but may occasionally send you important messages, for example, once our party to celebr...

  • A_to_z_177_

    Hello, fellow DESIGN 21-ers. I'd like to open discussions on a new book, The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Complete Reference Guide to Concepts, Codes and Organisations

    Below is Amazon's description. Has anyone had a read yet?

    Review "This is a timely and innovative contribution to the field of Corporate Social Responsibility" (Retail & Leisure International, February 2008)

    Book Description This is the world’s first complete reference on CSR, compiled by the Institute for Corporate Cultural Affairs (the ICCA). The entries have been written by leading experts, leading global thinkers and CSR practitioners.

    In these pages lie the answers to questions such as:

    -What do we mean by CSR?

    -In what way are organizations viewed as citizens of the countries in which they operate?

    -How does a company know when it is operating in a sustainable way

    -What is ethical investment?

    The reference also lists and describes the most important organizations and landmarks in the field of CSR.

    The book comprises 339 terms, which are split into core concepts, key words and definitions to form the standard reference for managers, academics, teachers, students, officials and volunteers in the field of CSR.

    This is a timely and innovative contribution to the field of Corporate Social Responsibility – the definitive terminology reference on CSR, business society relations and the organizations and standards in the field.

  • Project H News



    H is for Hippo The big news was the launch of the H is for Hippo campaign, through which we have funded 62 (and counting!) Hippo Rollers, which are amazing water transportation devices we'll be delivering to Kgautswane, South Africa. I'll be leaving March 22nd for the trip, will hand over the rollers, and remain in the community to do interviews, research, and to see how we as Project H can continue to work with them on larger water design projects (filtration, irrigation, reclamation, etc). Thanks to ALL of you who so generously donated to this initiative- I'm so grateful for your support. And if you haven't had a chance to contribute but would like to, there's still time! Check out all the information at to see how you can sponsor a Hippo Roller and be involved in this great project.

    Project H: Design for Education summer studio We also confirmed plans for our first Project H summer studio, which will run as a class at the California College of Arts in San Francisco from June 2nd to August 2nd. It's called "Project H: Design for Education," and we'll be looking specifically at how product design can serve elementary education needs, provide products and tools for global curricula, etc. The two case studies will be a local Northern California school district and a school for AIDS orphans in Uganda (which I'll also be visiting on my Africa trip). A big part of this initiative is public collaboration- between designers, educators, design stude...

  • Lance Armstrong Encourages Bike Commuting in Austin

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Hi DESIGN 21 members, I'd like to share this competition-related topic with you:

    Looks like Lance Armstrong is bringing biking back - and not for the hard core gear heads. In an effort to promote the commuter bike lifestyle in his home town of Austin, Armstrong is unveiling plans for a new concept shop that helps bring a viable transportation solution to the explosive growth that the downtown... READ MORE

  • Nike Makes Shoes From Trash

    Environment, Environmental Design


    I'd like to share this news from one of our partners, Nike...

    Nike Makes Shoes From Trash, Nokia Envisions Remade Cell Phones By:

    BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 15, 2008 -- Nike and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash have teamed up to turn garbage into shoes.

    The new Nike Trash Talk basketball shoe is made primarily out manufacturing waste, materials that normally would be thrown away.

    The shoe incorporates waste leather and synthetic leather, scrap foam, environmentally preferred rubber and a fully recycled shoebox. The outer sole of the shoe will also include Nike Grind material, which is made of recycled materials from used shoes and shoe manufacturing.

    The Trash Talk meets Nike's Considered sustainable design standards for reduced waste and use of environmentally-preferred materials. Nike plans for all its footwear to meet sustainability standards by 2011, followed by apparel in 2015 and equipment in 2020.

    The company also plans to cut footwear waste by 17 percent and reduce packaging and point-of-purchase waste by 30 percent by 2011.

    Nash was expected to wear the Trash Talk during Phoenix's game yesterday against the Dallas Mavericks and also plans to wear the recycled shoe during the All-Star Game. "Any opportunity to promote the environment and preserve our planet is a step in the right direction," Nash said in a statement.

    The Trash Talk will be available in limited quantities in Phoenix's home and away colors and All-Star Game colors.

    Nokia, meanwhi...

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    Green Leaders – Cocktail Hour at The Rainforest Alliance January 24th, 2008 7-8:30pm

    Tensie Whelan serves as Executive Director of the Rainforest Alliance. With nearly 20 years at the organization, she was named Executive Director in 2000. Whelan also served as the executive director of the New York League of Conservation Voters from 1992 until 1997, prior to which she was Vice President of Conservation Information at the National Audubon Society. Whelan's published work includes one of the first books on eco-friendly tourism, Nature Tourism: Managing for the Environment.

    The Rainforest Alliance is a global organization supporting biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. They ensure quality standards through certifications such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which has certified over 104 million acres of forestland in 61 countries.

    Appetizer and Drink Sponsor: WHOLE FOODS, Chelsea
    RSVP: Featured Speaker: TENSIE WHELAN , Executive Director, Rainforest Alliance Location: Rainforest Alliance Headquarters; 665 Broadway, Suite 500 NYC

    Wishing you warm holidays and a Happy New Year!

    Jennie, Marissa and Micah

  • Baby Rings Give Birth To Parents

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    How could this be? Parents usually have children, not visa versa! However, Allumonde breaks all the rules. The Kid's Acrylic Allumonde rings are about to give birth to Acrylic Allumonde for Adults. No joke.

    She's done it again.

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    Fair Trade in Bloom Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times

    The fair-trade market is still small, but fast-growing, and it has been a boon in places like Varginha, Brazil, where coffee roasters like Café Bom Dia, above, work directly with small farmers.

    By ANDREW DOWNIE Published: October 2, 2007

    VARGINHA, Brazil — Rafael de Paiva was skeptical at first. If he wanted a “fair trade” certification for his coffee crop, the Brazilian farmer would have to adhere to a long list of rules on pesticides, farming techniques, recycling and other matters. He even had to show that his children were enrolled in school.

    “I thought, ‘This is difficult,’” recalled the humble farmer. But the 20 percent premium he recently received for his first fair trade harvest made the effort worthwhile, Mr. Paiva said, adding, it “helped us create a decent living.”

    More farmers are likely to receive such offers, as importers and retailers rush to meet a growing demand from consumers and activists to adhere to stricter environmental and social standards.

    Mr. Paiva’s beans will be in the store-brand coffee sold by Sam’s Club, the warehouse chain of Wal-Mart Stores. Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s and Starbucks already sell some fair trade coffee.

    “We see a real momentum now with big companies and institutions switching to fair trade,” said Paul Rice, president and chief executive of TransFair USA, the only independent fair trade certifier in the United States.

    The Internation...

  • Adopt a Cause



    This week we discussed the possibility of adopting a New York cause. Coming together and leveraging our individual contacts could make a difference in the community. Therefore, in addition to networking, we could stand behind something to make a difference.

    Would you like to focus on sustainable design, environmental issues, renewable energy, etc.? Or, would you like to remain a social group?

    Please give us your ideas and feel free to respond with feedback.

  • Paparazzi Catches Allumonde in Stacks

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    The New York Times says...

    The Furniture designer Richard Hutten continues the midcentury tradition of bringing good design to the masses —this time in the form of jewelry. The elegantly simple rings in his Allumonde collection are made of stainless steel, black titanium- plate, gold titanium-plate, sterling silver and 24-karat gold and cost from $35 to $2500 (at Twenty-one percent of the proceeds goes to charity (19 percent of that to a cause the customer chooses from a list of more than 100 at the Design 21 Web site), and 2 percent to Unesco, a nonprofit organization that, among its various activities, builds art centers for children around the world. For younger design disciples, a set of six stackable Lucite rings is available for $25 in a half-dozen good-Samaritan jelly-bean colors.

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  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design