Fundamentals of Sustainable Design 2: Frameworks and Application

In this 5-week course, students will dive headfirst into the specifics of designing with environmental, social and ecological well-being in mind. Topics that will be explored include frameworks and tools practitioners currently use to implement sustainability. Key lessons will touch on design for use, dematerialization, localization, transmaterialization, dematerialization, design for reuse, design for disassembly, design for effectiveness, and design for systems. Students who complete this course may take the next course in the series, Fundamentals of Sustainable Design 3: Transformational Change.  / Open to students ages 18 and above. / View complete policies.


How does an online course work at MCAD?

Most online courses are asynchronous, meaning that there are no set class meeting times. Instead, courses are project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week, and students can choose a time and place that works best for them to complete the work. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. The workload of an online course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit.


Pre-requisite: Fundamentals of Sustainable Design 1: Sustainability Foundations


Required Textbook:

See for a list of required textbooks.


Please Register Before: February 19.

This is not a registration deadline. If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. 

Class Savings

Register on or before January 20 and save $25.

Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).

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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSSD 6502 20 SP20
Date Start: 
Monday, February 24, 2020
Date End: 
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Online - Asynchronous
Sustainable Design
Online Classes
Fundamentals of Sustainable Design 1: Sustainability Foundation