Join us for our 3rd annual Design Week, a week of talks and workshops that are free and open to the public focused on a critical aspect of design. One of our core themes at the Design Lab is sustainability and this year we're focusing on Designing Waste Out. We'll have talks, workshops, and a panel, and will be highlighting some projects on sustainability happening at NYU as well. This year's event will be completely virtual, so anyone can join no matter where they are or what time zone they're in. Check out the week's line up below and get your tickets now!
Design Week Events
Designing Waste Out: Sustainable Packaging
Talk with Kelsey Moffitt
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
6:00 - 6:45 PM
Kelsey Moffitt is an Industrial Designer, Durable Packaging Designer at Loop, a zero waste venture created by Terracycle to combat single-use waste. We’ll hear about TerraCycle’s mission to create circular solutions to our linear systems of recycling with a focus on hard-to-recycle materials. Kelsey will discuss how Terracycle’s Loop initiative is all about making sustainability more accessible by giving consumers the opportunity to receive their favorite products from trusted brands like Haagen Dazs, Crest, and The Body Shop in reusable packaging. She’ll share how Loop approaches packaging with sustainability & reuse in mind and will walk us through some of her design process. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Kelsey Moffitt, Industrial Designer, Durable Packaging Designer at Loop Global
Hello I'm Kelsey! I am an Industrial Designer based out of Philadelphia, working on products and services in the sustainability realm. I started my design career with a BS in Industrial Design from James Madison University, and have since focused on recycled and upcycled product design at TerraCycle and reusable packaging design at Loop. My experiences at both TerraCycle and Loop have centered around analyzing the consequences of, and designing ways out of single use design and packaging.
Designing Waste Out: Taking Action, Making Change
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
While research shows the importance of awareness as a necessary first step for behavioral change, research also shows that awareness is necessary but not sufficient. The complexity of issues such as climate change, the immensity of our waste problem, and the prevalence of systemic environmental injustices happening on a local, national, and global scale often prevents people from acting. These issues can create a "feeling of deep lethargy," people wondering "What's the use?' or 'What can we possibly do?". However, some individuals decide to take action and initiate change in their own communities and organizations with the goal to create broader changes at the societal level.
We are thrilled to be joined by a panel of four passionate changemakers and innovators, who are all working to make change happen. Our panelists have taken on the challenge of “designing waste out” through their work with community fridges, youth programming, creating recycling pipelines, zero waste education, and community organizing in order to create a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future for all.
Meet the Panelists
Zenat Begum, Founder of Playground Coffee Shop & Playground Youth
Zenat Begum is a native New Yorker, owner of Playground Coffee Shop, founder of Playground Youth, and an alumni of The New School. Zenat intentionally seeks to center BIPOC, marginalized bodies, the arts, and community engagement in order to foster change in a shapeshifting and gentrifying BedStuy. You can learn more about Playground Coffee Shop and the community initiatives they run here: playgroundcoffeeshop.com/youth
Photo by Natalia Mantini
Brigitte Vicenty, Founder of Inner City Green Team
Brigitte Vicenty, a lifelong New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) resident, is the founder of the Inner City Green Team. She has led the fight for herself and fellow residents in their "Right to Recycle" for a decade. She created Inner City Green Team when she learned that NYCHA's recycling program was nonexistent and there were no other options. In 2018, she won the NYCx Co-Lab Challenge and was honored at the Zero Waste in Shared Space Recognition Ceremony. The project was recently featured on New York’s PIX11 and News12 as well as by Politico. Brigitte is a 2020 Echoing Green Fellow.
Monalisa Prasad, Director of Sustainability, NYU Eats, Chartwells Higher Education
Monalisa has been with Chartwells for 5+ years demonstrating her passion, knowledge, skills, and adaptability. While in the UK, she was struck by the sheer amount of edible food that would be wasted at her local supermarket and it sparked her interest in learning about the nexus of food, waste, energy, and the all-important climate! Her work is demonstrated through her spearheading efforts of certifying 5 dining halls at NYU as Green Restaurant Certified and tracking and implementing all things sustainability in the foodservice industry. Monalisa holds an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, NY and an MBA specializing in Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains from University of Exeter, UK.
Daneille Foster-Russell, Emergency Fresh Food Box Program Manager, GrowNYC
Daneille Foster-Russell is an engagement and operations professional with a focus on building and managing program and stakeholder development. Daneille is passionate about community capacity building and partnerships for creative problem solving. All her work stems from a focus on equity, cultural responsiveness, and community engagement. Daneille manages the Emergency Fresh Food Box Program at GrowNYC, a New York City-based non-profit focused on protecting the environment, creating green spaces, and helping people stay healthy. Daneille has worked as an outreach associate with the New York City Department of Sanitation and spent 4 years working with New York City public schools to develop and implement their sustainability and waste management programming with the aim of achieving New York City’s 0x30 sustainability goals. Daneille holds a BS in Journalism from The City University of New York and a MS degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from The New School.
Anne-Laure Fayard, Associate Professor in Department of Technology Management and Innovation at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Anne-Laure Fayard is Associate Professor of Innovation, Design and Organizational Studies in the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She is also an affiliate faculty with the Department of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern Business School.
Designing Waste Out: Getting Involved
Workshop with MakerSpace Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Although discussions regarding sustainability and climate change have gained traction in recent years, the sheer scale, complexity, and prevalence of systemic environmental injustices can often cause individuals to wonder where they can start, or if they can contribute at all.
Join our Design Lab Coordinator, Som, and MakerSpace TAs Masuma, Florentina, and Angy to learn about simple yet effective ways you can make an impact on this seemingly insurmountable matter. This workshop aims to inform students of groups and projects that they can join today to make a positive difference in the current trajectory of our environment. Whether it’s through social media, NYU clubs and projects, the local NYC community, or national organizations, participants can expect to walk away with a better grasp of immediate actions that may be taken to achieve a more sustainable future.
NYU MakerSpace & Design Lab
The NYU Tandon MakerSpace is a cutting edge lab that aims to foster collaborative design projects. It features rapid prototyping and PCB production equipment, as well as advanced machining and testing capabilities. The MakerSpace hosts the Design Lab which provides NYU students with opportunities to ideate, experiment, prototype, and build their ideas. It nurtures their creative confidence, encourages collaboration, and connects them with other parts of the NYU Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem, thus fostering a community of creative technologists, critical thinkers, and social innovators. It highlights new kinds of iterative, interdisciplinary teamwork using cutting-edge tools of rapid prototyping and digitally driven production.