OUR 2016 THEME

“The way in which two or more things have an effect on each other when they happen or exist together.”

Interplay, for us, means reexamining design in the context of an interdisciplinary world. It is an exploration of how different industries, thought-realms, and methodologies can cut across perceived boundaries to inform one another. We are interested in interrogating outdated solutions and bringing seemingly unrelated ideas together to spark discussion and discover unrealized connections.

OUR 2016 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY — MICRO

FRIDAY

Object, People, Personal Space

Advancements in technology and new platforms of engagement raise questions about identity, validity and ownership. How do we ensure that individuals have agency over the designs that affect them?

10:00am - 5:00pm

REGISTRATION

10:00am - 5:00pm | FRAZIER TERRACE

11:00 - 12:00

CHRISTINA AGAPAKIS: "AT THE MICROBE SCALE"

Christina Agapakis, Synthetic Biologist and Artist, will open the conference from the standpoint of biodesign. Though possibly underappreciated, microbes play a vital role in shaping ourselves and our environments. Christina will discuss how we can design with and for microbes.

12:00 - 1:00

LUNCH

11:00 - 12:00 | THE MET — UPPER TERRACE

Join us in the Met Upper Terrace for baby kale salad with shaved local radish and white balsamic vinaigrette alongside organic quinoa with grilled local squashes, mushrooms and citrus. Add some tofu salad with local bok choy, corn and tahini or chilled pasta with local baby tomatoes and fresh basil to your plate. Seasonal hand fruit, chilled water, Rhody Fresh Apple Cider and New Harvest Nitro Brew and hot coffee will accompany this meal.

1:00 - 2:00

RITUAL DESIGN LAB: POWER TO THE RITUALS!

1:00 - 2:00 | THE MET — MET ROOM A

Workshop — Kursat Ozenc of SAP Labs

In this session, Kursat will introduce ritual design with its tenets and mechanics as a distinct lens for experience and service design. He will then facilitate small groups to explore the rituals they’ve experienced, and uncover the values and dynamics underlying their power.

1:00 - 2:00

DSI: IT MAKES SENSE – AN EXPERIMENTAL SENSORY METHODOLOGY

1:00 - 2:00 | THE MET — MET ROOM B — Cap: 12

Workshop — Rinat Sherzer, Co-Founder of It Makes Sense and Jess Suttner, Creative Director of It Makes Sense

Rinat Sherzer and Jess Suttner will host a workshop for their experimental methodology "It Makes Sense". Attendees will focus on the sense of touch to create objects that connect with joyful yet forgotten memories and create a better relationship with anxiety.

1:00 - 2:00

DFA: INTRO TO HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN

1:00 - 2:00 | THE MET — MET ROOM C

Approach everyday health issues by practicing empathetic design.

1:00 - 2:00

PNEUMATIC MASONRY

1:00 - 2:00 | RISD BEACH — Cap: 20

Workshop — Matt Muller and August Lehrecke of Pneuhaus

Pneumatic Masonry is an ongoing study of using pressure systems to create semi-permanent flexible, yet rigid structures. Attendees will get to experiment with, work together and configure various structures, culminating in a pre-determined project and discussion led by the founders of Pneuhaus.

2:15 - 3:15

BALTIMORE HEARS: THE INTERPLAY OF DESIGN + PUBLIC HEALTH

Baltimore HEARS (Hearing Equality through Accessible Research and Solutions) is a community-delivered, affordable, and accessible hearing care intervention for older adults. The Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health and MICA’s Center for Social Design have been working collaboratively to design, implement, and test the Baltimore HEARS intervention. This session will showcase design research methodologies from the project, explore the challenges and success of collaborating across the disciplines of design and public health, and engage participants in empathy-building aging sensitivity exercises and design + public health brainstorming challenge.

2:15 - 3:15

SEAMLESS OBJECTS: A CONVERSATION ON DESIGNING MEDICAL TOOLS

This Medical Tools Panel will explore the various ways design intersects with developing health tools, both physical and digital.

2:15 - 3:15

CURATING OBJECTS AND NARRATIVES

This conversation will focus on the ways that narratives can be constructed by objects. Elizabeth Williams, a curator at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, will be joined to discuss how exhibitions are created and developed to communicate different identities and stories. Given that museums have huge collections but comparably minimal space available to display them, how are certain items selected?

3:15 - 3:45

BREAK

3:15 - 3:45 | FRAZIER TERRACE

Take a break from “micro” design discussions and treat yourself to some Like No Udder vegan, vanilla soft-serve! Like No Udder is a local Rhode Island, vegan ice cream business that just expanded from their truck “Betsy Loo” to a storefront on 170 Ives St in Providence. While exploring, go check out their 12 house-made flavors of dairy-free, scooped ice-cream!

3:45 - 4:45

RITUAL DESIGN LAB: POWER TO THE RITUALS!

3:45 - 4:45 | THE MET — MET ROOM A

Workshop — Kursat Ozenc of SAP Labs

In this session, Kursat will introduce ritual design with its tenets and mechanics as a distinct lens for experience and service design. He will then facilitate small groups to explore the rituals they’ve experienced, and uncover the values and dynamics underlying their power.

3:45 - 4:45

DSI: IT MAKES SENSE – AN EXPERIMENTAL SENSORY METHODOLOGY

3:45 - 4:45 | THE MET — MET ROOM B — Cap: 12

Workshop — Rinat Sherzer, Co-Founder of It Makes Sense and Jess Suttner, Creative Director of It Makes Sense

Rinat Sherzer and Jess Suttner will host a workshop for their experimental methodology "It Makes Sense". Attendees will focus on the sense of touch to create objects that connect with joyful yet forgotten memories and create a better relationship with anxiety.

3:45 - 4:45

DFA: INTRO TO HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN

3:45 - 4:45 | THE MET — MET ROOM C

Approach everyday health issues by practicing empathetic design.

3:45 - 4:45

CLOUDFACTORY: INTRODUCING CHILDREN TO SOCIAL DESIGN IN BÓDVA VALLEY

Lecture — Bori Feher of MOME EcoLab

Bori Feher will present on Cloudfactory, MOME Eco Lab’s longterm social design workshop that pairs children living in extreme poverty with artists and designers in Bódva Valley, Hungary. She will explore the importance of social design to children’s career growth and future perspectives, and the project’s impact at the community scale.

5:00 - 6:00

TAD HIRSCH OF PUBLIC PRACTICE STUDIO

5:00 - 6:00 | RISD AUDITORIUM

This talk introduces material participation as a construct for political action whose emphasis on everyday interactions between people and products is particularly well-suited for design. Working through examples, several strategies to facilitate material participation through design are considered, and are situated in relation to other, more familiar approaches to political engagement.

8:00 - 12:00

BWxD AFTERPARTY

8:00 - 12:00 | HOPE ARTISTE VILLAGE

Join us at Hope Artiste Village to celebrate our first day of BWxD. Housed in a charming, brick clad market building, get ready for dancing, food, a photobooth, and awesome music provided by Brown student DJ Mena. Oh, and did we mention there will also be bowling? Enjoy yucca fries, veggies, pita and hummus, togarashi spiced popcorn and more! Free beer and wine will be available to conference and event attendees who are 21+ with a valid ID. Transportation will be provided from Brown University and RISD.

SATURDAY — MESO

SATURDAY

Community, City, System

The city has always been a primary site of interplay, a composite of changing and overlapping systems whose influence extends well beyond municipal boundaries. What is the role of design in reimagining community systems, on the ground and in virtual space?

8:30am - 5:00pm

REGISTRATION

8:30am - 5:00pm | MAIN GREEN

8:30 - 10:00

BREAKFAST

8:30 - 10:00 | SALOMON — UPPER LOBBY

Get ready for “meso;” community, city and systems themed discussions today with some local Narragansett Creamery yogurt, Providence Granola Project granola, vegan zucchini and carrot muffins and local apples and peaches. Fill up your Dopper Water bottles with some fruit-infused water or sip on hot tea and New Harvest hot coffee.

10:00 - 11:00

"HABITAT: LARGE AND SMALL": CRAIG DYKERS OF SNØHETTA

Keynote — Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

From the design of a birds’ nest to the Times Square Reconstruction, or from beehives to the SFMOMA Expansion, Snøhetta’s work aligns across scales and habitats, large and small, to offer an unhinged look at how we create place and identity.

11:05 - 12:05

ENGAGEMENT, DISPLACEMENT, AND COMMITTMENT: DESIGN IN CITY-PLANNING

11:05 - 12:05 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 1

In this conversation, Allen and Sabrina will be interrogating the role of human-centered design in the city-planning process, discussing its meaning within the scope of economic, political, and social parameters. They also will be examining citizen engagement and how to involve groups typically left out of city decision making.

11:05 - 12:05

"CREATING CONNECTIONS THROUGH DESIGN" WITH DSI GRADUATES

Graduates from Design for Social Innovation at SVA will have an open discussion about the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration and diverse relationships. Their projects facilitate connections between people or information that do not occur naturally due to differing experiences and levels of access. This conversation strongly encourages audience involvement.

11:05 - 12:05

AUTODESK EDUCATION DESIGN CHALLENGE LAUNCH: "REIMAGINING FOOD SYSTEMS"

At this year’s conference we are partnering with our friends at Autodesk Education to launch a design challenge on reimagining existing food systems and structures. The prompt is to create a system, device, or product concept, or research driven project that reimagines an interplay between humans and food on any or all of these scales: individual, communal, or global. The panel provides an opportunity to learn more about the challenge specifics and incentives.

11:05 - 12:05

URBAN ECOLOGY

Lecture — Gena Wirth of SCAPE

Gena will speak about how SCAPE works to unite social and ecological systems to sustainably remake our cities and landscapes, as well as the relationship between design practice and urban ecology.

12:10 - 1:10

ARCHITECTURE CENTERS: PROMOTING URBAN AWARENESS

Lecture — Nate Storring

Nate's presentation will explore his work with "architecture centers"—a new kind of museum that builds urban literacy, connects professionals to the public, and addresses current affairs in real time.

12:10 - 1:10

AN ALTERNATIVE TAKE ON DIGITAL LITERACY

12:10 - 1:10 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 3 — Cap: 45

In this session we'll be workshopping alternative pedagogical approaches to teaching digital literacy and computer science using analog and participatory activities.

12:10 - 1:10

DESIGNING FOR HOPE AND HEALTH

12:10 - 1:10 | SALOMON — ROOM 003

Learn how designers are using co-design to expand our health systems’ understanding and definition of “health” beyond the traditional boundaries of hospital walls; explore how we can design for hope, purpose, and the social determinants of health to better care for patients in context.

12:10 - 1:10

AUTODESK EDUCATION DESIGN CHALLENGE WORKSHOP: "REIMAGINING FOOD SYSTEMS"

12:10 - 1:10 | 85 WATERMAN STREET — ROOM 015 — Cap: 20

This brief workshop takes a deeper dive into the specifics of our Autodesk Education sponsored design challenge: Reimagining Food Systems. Get a head start at ideating for the challenge prompt by participating in a group brainstorming session with the panelists from the previous Launch Panel, Autodesk representatives and members of the BWxD committee.

12:10 - 1:10

MAKING EXCEPTIONS THE RULE: AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

12:10 - 1:10 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 2 — Cap: 45

Social entrepreneurs are tackling the world's most urgent social problems with transformative solutions designed to change the lives of millions.  How do they develop these ideas?  What can we tell which ones are worth pursuing? How can we tell if they're likely to make a difference?  During this workshop, we will develop a working definition for social entrepreneurship, apply this definition to several case examples, and develop tools for identifying problems where we have the capability and perspectives to make a difference.

12:10 - 1:10

COFFEE CHAT

Need a break? Maybe some caffeine? Or are you looking for a space to mingle with fellow attendees and some of Better World’s incredible presenters? This year, we’ve built time for all of the above right into the schedule. Come to The Coffee Chat in the Faunce Underground!

1:10 - 2:10

LUNCH

1:10 - 2:10 | SAYLES HALL

Join us for a flavorful vegetarian nacho bar with vegan garden chili, garden burgers, refried beans, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, vegetables and tortilla chips and taco wraps. Complete your plate with some corn bread and a brownie. Choose from a selection of fruit-infused water and enjoy the Expo!

1:10 - 2:10

EXPO

1:10 - 2:10 | SAYLES HALL

TBA

2:10 - 3:10

COMPASSION AND INCLUSION: PARTICIPATORY DESIGN IN THE FIELD OF HEALTH

How is participatory design used in the health world? In a field where technology is quickly being integrated into our healthcare practices, how do we involve all stakeholders to ensure the best outcomes for us and our families? What is the role of the designer in this process?

3:15 - 4:15

EMERGING URBANISMS IN DETROIT

Robert’s presentation will explore the interplay between “Old Detroit” and “New Detroit”, terms used to distinguish between long-term residents who stared down Detroit’s toughest years and those who arrived later to find a city with exciting new horizons. Can these the two groups find mutual respect and produce a just social order that unlocks Detroit’s potential for new forms of urbanism?

3:15 - 4:15

EXPERIMENTAL PEDAGOGY AND ORGANIZATIONS

Lecture — Max Fowler of Computer Lab

Programmer and artist Max Fowler will discuss experimental means of learning via his experience at the School For Poetic Computation as well as other organizations without degrees, including Computer Lab, Millennial Focus Group and Learning Gardens. The talk will discuss the varying levels of reality these organizations create with and without LLCs with particular focus on new modes of organization allowed for by the internet. Would also love to share notes with others working on their own experimental organizations and classes.

3:15 - 4:15

INACCESIBLE DESIGN IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE

3:15 - 4:15 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 3 — Cap: 45

Conversation — Sarah Ross, artist, and Stefano Bloch, Brown University Fellow

In this conversation, artist, Sarah Ross, and Urban Studies Brown University fellow, Stefano Bloch, will discuss Ross' Archisuits project, a series of art pieces critquing designs that aim to control behavior in public space. This discussion will focus on ways in which public spaces are designed with inaccesible intent and how art can be used to reveal these spatial injustices.

3:15 - 4:15

MENDING THE GAP: REIMAGINING THE 6-10 CONNECTOR TO BUILD MORE LIVABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

3:15 - 4:15 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 2 — Cap: 45

In this workshop, the Providence Office of Innovation will build dialogue around social, political, and economic challenges in Providence. Attendees will engage with real problems the city is facing and discuss potential solutions to improve the city we call home.

3:15 - 4:15

CYBERNETICS: ON VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES AND THEIR DYNAMICS

This workshop will examine virtual communities and their dynamics, discussing topics such as the social norms and laws of virtual communities in gaming and forums, non-real virtual citizens such as Twitter bots and how they affect our definition of people online, and the influence of natural language processing and social algorithm research on mass communities such as Facebook. Join Brown STEAM as we unpack questions of digital identity and citizenship.

3:15 - 4:15

COFFEE CHAT

Need a break? Maybe some caffeine? Or are you looking for a space to mingle with fellow attendees and some of Better World’s incredible presenters? This year, we’ve built time for all of the above right into the schedule. Come to The Coffee Chat in the Faunce Underground!

4:20 - 5:20

ANYWHERE BALLOT, THE FUTURE OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN VOTING

Dana will speak about the Anywhere Ballot, a new way to make voting in elections more accessible by letting voters use their own devices.

4:20 - 5:20

REIMAGINING THE ROLE OF DESIGN IN ACTIVISM WITH MICA DESIGN FELLOWS

Carly Wais and Kayla Ingram, Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellows in the MICA Center for Social Design will share their thesis work that has centered around Baltimore communities. Working with citizens that return after incarceration and the Black Lives Matter movement respectively, they will talk from experience about the designer’s role in relation to social justice and activism.

4:20 - 5:20

SPROUTING SPROUTEL: DESIGNING FOR A GROWING BUSINESS

Lecture — Hannah Chung of Sproutel

How is participatory design used in the health world? In a field where technology is quickly being integrated into our healthcare practices, how do we involve all stakeholders to ensure the best outcomes for us and our families? What is the role of the designer in this process?

4:20 - 5:20

THE POLITICS AND POETICS OF COEXISTENCE

4:20 - 5:20 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 1

Tega will discuss recent works of "eccentric engineering" - experiments that rethink our connection to other lifeforms and to each other. She'll touch on topics like synchronicity, entanglement, sensory perception and economics.

5:20 - 5:45

BREAK

5:20 - 5:45 | SALOMON — UPPER LOBBY

Refresh with Seven Stars Bakery bread and Narragansett Creamery Olive Treasure, Angelito Herb and Garlic and Pirate sundried tomato spreads.

5:45 - 6:45

CREATING PLOTS AND SCHEMES: ILONA GAYNOR

In the closing Keynote, designer and film maker Ilona Gaynor will focus on the materiality of systems in her work. She will give insight into the complexity of her ‘narrative’ plots and schemes, situated between reality and fiction, and covering topics such as law enforcement practices, art and film.

8:00 - 10:00

BWxD NETWORKING EVENT

Get a chance to connect with conference attendees, presenters, and local students and designers in a more professional atmosphere. Located in Providence’s Jewelry District, discover 1 Davol Square’s atrium as you get the opportunity to create lasting connections and opportunities, accompanied by some good music, good company, and a cash bar available for 21+ attendees. Mingle while munching on local Humble Pies mini pies, cookies from Seven Stars Bakery and Ellie’s Bakery macaroons.

SUNDAY — MACRO

SUNDAY

Global, Context, Network

Rapid physical and virtual connections grant access to countless realms of exchange and communication on a global scale. Through design we can create methods that foster trustworthy relationships and address massive cultural shifts.

8:30am - 2:00pm

REGISTRATION

8:30am - 2:00pm | MAIN GREEN

8:30 - 10:00

BREAKFAST

8:30 - 10:00 | SALOMON — UPPER LOBBY

Think about design on a “macro” scale today after filling up on vegan cranberry and zucchini muffins, local apples, Providence Granola Project granola and Narragansett Creamery yogurt. Enjoy hot tea, New Harvest hot coffee and fruit-infused water.

10:00 - 11:00

FUTURISM AND THE ATTENTION ECONOMY

Keynote — Imran Hafiz, Associate Producer at VICE Media

Imran Hafiz, author, futurist and filmmaker will address the question: “can art become the only relevant currency?” He will draw from his experience as AP/researcher at VICE brands, work with governmental agencies and personal creative projects to hypothesize a more collaborative, accessible world given a standard living wage.

11:15 - 12:15

FILM, ARCHITECTURE, AND MEDICINE IN PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI: A SNEAK PEAK FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH MASS DESIGN GROUP

Lecture — Thatcher Bean, Advocacy and Media Producer at MASS Design Group

MASS Design Group is giving BWxD an exclusive sneak peak of their newest film-project, which documents their work on the GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The film will screen for the first half of the presentation, followed by a Q&A and discussion with the director, Thatcher Bean!

11:15 - 12:15

Y CENTER: GENERATING RELEVANT COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

11:15 - 12:15 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 2 — Cap: 45

Workshop — Dhairya Pujara of Y Center

Dhairya Pujara, CEO of Ycenter will begin with a presentation on their design-thinking oriented community projects in Mozambique and Mumbai followed by a hands-on workshop. He will emphasize creating solutions with not for communities using research, action, prototyping and implementation.

11:15 - 12:15

WHY DESIGNERS NEED TO RUN FOR CONGRESS

11:15 - 12:15 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 3 — Cap: 45

Lecture — Leah Chung of US AID

This is a talk about design, international development, RISD studios, and Congress. Leah will share her experiences at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and explain why designers are uniquely qualified for public office.

11:15 - 12:15

FROM BATHROOM TO HEALTH ROOM

11:15 - 12:15 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 1

Juhan will discuss how extraordinary technology and culture shifts will revolutionize human health.

12:30 - 1:30

ON VIRTUAL REALITY AND THE RISE OF INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Keynote Conversation — Jamin Warren of Kill Screen, Chris Novello of RISD and Max Fowler of Computer Lab

Jamin Warren, Chris Novello, and Max Fowler will discuss what network literacy and 21st century citizenship looks like.

1:30 - 2:30

LUNCH

1:30 - 2:30 | SAYLES HALL

Satisfy your palate with either a grilled portobello with balsamic vinaigrette, mozzarella, baby greens and tomato sandwich or sliced cabot cheddar with caramelized onions, shallots and arugula drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette sandwich on sliced durum bread. Savor some vegetable gazpacho soup, lemony orzo salad and mixed baby greens salad with bermuda onions, carrots, kalamata onions and olive oil, herb citronette. Refresh with fruit-infused water.

2:30 - 3:30

WHO’S ‘BETTER’?

2:30 - 3:30 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 1

Lecture — Andy Law of RISD and Thomas Thwaites

Thomas Thwaites will deliver a talk focusing on speculative design followed by a Q&A session with experience designer and RISD professor, Andy Law. Thomas believes speculative design work should fall into grey areas. It should be uncertain, potentially seen as both good and bad, desirable and undesirable, conservative and progressive. Thwaites will talk about some of his design futures work, which he attempts to position within this uncertain space… “for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

2:30 - 3:30

DESIGNING FOR MACRO: FROM PEOPLE TO POLICY

2:30 - 3:30 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 2 — Cap: 45

Lecture — Ryan Murphy of SYPartners

How to design for scale and impact—with all the twists, turns, and human errors that come with it. Hear about Ryan's reflections working on the changing landscape of high school education with XQ, learnings from his Maharam Fellowship with the World Economic Forum, and experiences with Congress on the STEM to STEAM movement.

2:30 - 3:30

SUSTAINABLY ENDING THE EDUCATION GENDER GAP

2:30 - 3:30 | GRANOFF — STUDIO 3 — Cap: 45

Lecture — Maria Paula Navia of Be Girl

Maria Paula Navia will discuss her work as a designer at Be Girl, a company which focuses on solution-making, empowerment, education, and product design. Their product, a reusable way to give girls access to menstrual products, and in turn education, brings to light interesting themes regarding the design process and design's capability to create change.

2:30 - 3:30

BUILDING WITH MUSHROOMS: ENGINEERING LIVING SYSTEMS

Lecture — Philip Ross of MycoWorks

Philip Ross, thought leader on biomimicry will present on the wide-ranging potential of mycelium as a building material. Particularly, his experience manipulating and redesigning materials for new uses will drive the discussion.

3:45 - 4:45

CLOSING KEYNOTE: CESAR HIDALGO

Keynote — Cesar Hidalgo of MIT Media Lab

Cesar will deliver the weekend's final keynote, touching on topics like the growth of data and information systems as they relate to our Sunday theme, Macro.

OUR PRESENTERS

Every year, Better World curates an engaging lineup of presenters, panelists, and workshop moderators . At every step of the conference planning process, the conventional conference structure of "speaker" + "listener" is reimagined and reworked to maximize interaction between content and attendee. This year’s conference continues our tradition of bringing you great content in new ways. As lifelong leaders and learners, our presenters incorporate and use design thinking to create and refine bold and innovative ideas. As you can probably tell, we’re pretty excited to hang out with them.

BETTER WORLD THROUGH SUSTAINABILITY

Better World by Design strongly believes in designing an experience that supports our vision of an environmentally sustainable world. Using community and environmental impact as methods for decision-making, we work with local businesses and nonprofits to provide flavorful food and renewably sourced energy.

SUSTAINABILITY AT THE CONFERENCE

Better World by Design strongly believes in designing an experience that supports our vision of an environmentally sustainable world. Using community and environmental impact as methods for decision-making, we work with local businesses and nonprofits to provide flavorful food and renewably sourced energy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY —

Better World runs on renewable wind energy! People’s Power and Light matches our electricity consumption throughout the weekend with local wind power meaning: for each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed, that electricity comes onto their electric grid from a wind turbine in New England through Renewable Energy Certificates.

CARBON FUND —

Carbon Fund has offset the carbon output (910 CO2e) of our attendee bus transportation to the Social Event in Hope Artiste Village. Carbon Fund does this by purchasing carbon offsets or supporting a carbon reduction project and gaining the right to emission reductions.

Traveling here? Let Better World Carbon Offset your journey to Providence! Email Callie at cclayton@abetterworldbydesign.com travel details to offset your footprint!

LOCALLY SOURCED —

We strive to provide locally-sourced, sustainably-produced food that celebrates our Rhode Island community of farmers and businesses. Majority of the food provided is seasonal produce, locally sourced and is completely vegetarian this year! Each meal offers vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options, however if you have any specific allergy or food concerns, contact Callie at cclayton@abetterworldbydesign.com.

Farm sourcing — max 34 mi radius + Local food / beverage sourcing — max 10 mi radius.

COMPOST + RECYCLE —

All food waste along with plates and napkins provided are compostable. Our eco-friendly cups and utensils are all recyclable. Last year, 92% of the total waste was diverted from the incinerator, help us divert even more this year!

FOOD RECOVERY NETWORK —

We have partnered with the Brown University Food Recovery Network to ensure that all uneaten, perishable food at the conference is recovered and donated to people in need.

MINIMIZED PAPER! —

Last year we offered 30 page printed schedules, which was a lot of paper! This year we have tried to minimize our impact by printing one page schedules, saving 19,140 pages!

LEED CERTIFIED BUILDINGS —

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rated resource efficient, low water, energy, and greenhouse gas emission buildings were selected for use during BWxD 2016.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Compost / recycle— Use your Dopper water bottle!— Bring your own hot mug / handkerchief / reusable utensils!— CE Autodesk Challenge reimagined food systems

Thank you for helping us make this conference as sustainable as possible! We’d love to hear your thoughts, questions and suggestions. Contact our Food and Sustainability coordinator at cclayton@abetterworldbydesign.com.

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