LTC Salon | April 24 | Sustainable Design with Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

Julie Russo is the 2023-2024 Learning and Teaching Commons Faculty Scholar. Her salon series provides an informal space for faculty discussion of teaching practices and challenges. See her complete bio on our website.

Dear colleagues,  
In this week’s Salon, you have a very special opportunity to join me in talking with LTC Visiting Scholar Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, who is with us for just a few days. Rachel Beth is a design professor, sustainability and systems researcher, strategy consultant, and critical maker who uses design as a tool for social change. Her work focuses on shifting the narrative from sustainable to regenerative design that creates intersectional systems change for the masses. She encourages regenerative actions to restore, rejuvenate, and reenergize ourselves, our communities, and our planet. Egenhoefer is a full professor in design at the University of San Francisco. The 2nd Edition of her book The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design was just launched in April 2024.  Working to bridge academic speak, the design industry, and climate science to create lasting change for the everyday, she also writes Regenerative Conversations on Substack.
Salon doors are open 1:15-2:45pm on Wednesday 4/24 – come when you can and leave when you need! Find us at the Learning and Teaching Commons (Sem II E3123) with tea and snacks, excited to engage with your questions and ideas. You can also join us via Zoom (the OWL will be set up): Beth hopes this Salon will be an opportunity to offer concepts, frameworks and tools toward:
  • shifting mindsets from sustainability to regenerative
  • how to identify root causes of issues
  • using leverage points to design for impact

And much more that intersects with her deep theoretical and practical knowledge of designing for sustainability. She hopes to cultivate conversation on how we collectively can regenerate ourselves, our communities and the planet.  

As a  resource on these topics, I highly recommend Rachel Beth’s opening chapter for The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design, “Sustainable Design Is Not Sustainable.”
Please note that further Salons will be held Wednesdays on even-numbered weeks before the faculty meeting. 
Yours regeneratively, 
Julie and Rachel Beth
Julie Levin Russo, PhD
Member of the Faculty
The Evergreen State College
she/her pronouns (what’s this? )
Media Arts & Studies | Gender & Queer Studies
Curricular Area Team Leader
Learning & Teaching Commons: Faculty Scholar
United Faculty of Evergreen: Co-Chair

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