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About Us

Autodesk® Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design. This site was created to help educators teach and students learn the broader context and importance of sustainability in the engineering and architecture profession. The videos and tutorials aim to make it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn sustainability strategies that can be incorporated into the design process. Our goal—develop sophisticated, yet easy-to-use learning tools that will be used, for free, by educators and students alike to create a more sustainable world.

For more information about what Autodesk is doing more broadly around sustainable design, please visit www.autodesk.com/sustainabledesign.

A Site for Students, Educators and Others

This site is geared toward post-secondary architecture, engineering and design students, but the content is free and accessible to anyone. We hope that it will also be useful to professors, professionals, graduate students, and high school students in a range of disciplines. Students can view our strategy videos, and then explore the tutorials, case studies and other resources to learn how sustainable design applies in practice. Educators can use the various videos, lesson plans and other materials in their coursework. Visit the Educators Page for more information.

Working through the tutorials will require Autodesk software, which you can download for free if you’re a student, or faculty member, in the Autodesk Education Community.

About the Creators

Autodesk® Sustainability Workshop was created collaboratively by a team of people who strongly believe in the power of education as a means to create meaningful change. With a mission to make learning about sustainability in design and engineering easy, accessible and free to educators and students, the team listed below developed this site.

Dawn Danby  Dawn Danby’s design projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge to closed-loop manufacturing strategies and furniture design. She currently works with Autodesk’s Sustainability team and was recognized by Fast Company in 2009 as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Adam Menter  Adam supports Autodesk’s sustainable design program on projects related to product development, strategy, and education. He has worked as a design strategist at Jump Associates and holds both a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is a LEED accredited professional and a leader of the San Francisco Net Impact chapter.

Jer Faludi  Jeremy Faludi (LEED AP) is a sustainable design strategist. He teaches green design at Stanford and is the sustainability researcher for Project Frog. He designed the prototype of AskNature.org for the Biomimicry Institute, and has contributed to five books on sustainable design, including "Worldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century".

Adam Kenvarg

Paige Rodgers

 

Interns

  • Stephanie  Egger - 2012
  • Ben Chapman 2012
  • Michael Bergin - 2011
  • Mike Alcazaren - 2011

 

Contact us and Get Involved!

If you’re a student, professor, or professional doing working on advancing the practice of sustainable design, we’d love to highlight your work on the Sustainability Workshop! We’re also interested in your comments, suggestions for resources, questions, and feedback. If you’d like to get in touch, contact us at ecoworkshop@autodesk.com or leave us a note on Twitter @ecoworkshop.

If you're having difficulty registering or receiving your student licenses from the Autodesk Education Community, see their help page

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Autodesk’s interest in Sustainable Design?

Autodesk products help to shape much of the built world—from buildings, roads, utilities, and entire cities, to cars, electronics, packaging, and shoes. Our vision is to help those who create the built world—architects, designers, and engineers—by making sustainable design easier and more accessible, with better tools, and better information.

For more on Autodesk’s commitment to sustainability and Autodesk products for sustainable design, see our Sustainable Design Center.

For a quick look at what our software can enable, check out the video below.

Why did we create Autodesk Sustainability Workshop?

Students and young professionals are paving the way to new design and engineering practice, solving 21st century problems with clean technologies and new approaches to engineering and design.

In our work with students and professors, we learned that there is a greater need to integrate sustainability and design into  engineering curricula. We created Sustainability Workshop to make it easy and accessible for students to learn the broader context of how to usesustainability in their profession, and enable them to develop strategies to incorporate sustainability considerations into their designs and design process.

Who is this site for?

This site is geared toward post-secondary architecture, engineering and design students, but the content is free and accessible to anyone. We hope that it will also be useful to professors, professionals, graduate students, and high school students. The site is currently only available in English.

What will I find on the Sustainability Workshop?

The Sustainability Workshop offers:

  • Concepts that convey the principles of sustainable design through videos and presentations

  • Tutorials that show you how to put those concepts into practice, using Autodesk tools

  • Case studies, Data sets, and other resources that provide more depth, examples, and context.

We’ve structured the site so that you can use these resources to teach yourself about sustainable design concepts. Information is categorized based on broad sustainable design subject areas.

How can I get involved?

If you’re a student, professor, or professional working to advance the practice of sustainable design, we want to highlight your work on the Sustainability Workshop. We’re also interested in your comments, suggestions for new resources, questions, and feedback. If you’d like to get in touch, contact us at ecoworkshop@autodesk.com or leave us a note on Twitter @ecoworkshop.

How can I access Autodesk software?

Free Autodesk software is available to students and faculty for download from the Autodesk Education Community. Simply join the Community and you’ll have access to the same, full version Autodesk software that over 9 million designers, engineers and digital artists are using.

 

Sustainable Design

Everything in the built environment is designed, from the smallest computer chip to the largest city. With Autodesk software, users can reduce the environmental impacts of their designs.  Visit the Autodesk Sustainable Design Center: autodesk.com/sustainabledesign.

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