What It's All About...


Discover how to employ best-practice sustainability and eco-design strategies, learn to embrace the circular economy, and activate a toolset that enables the development of sustainable products, services, and systems.


  • Wrap your head around the history, theories, and leaders in sustainable design and production
  • Develop an understanding of the eco-design and circular economy strategy sets and how to apply them.
  • Discover a variety of methods for evaluating environmental impacts in production.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify potential negative impacts and design for minimization
  • Learn how to use Life Cycle Assessment and other techniques for reducing the impacts of produced goods and services.
  • Explore an array of techniques and tools that you need to know when designing interventions that embrace low-impact outcomes – and learn how to evaluate which of those techniques will best serve the project at hand
  • Learn to implement eco-design strategies and sustainable production practices
  • Tie it all together by exploring how to integrate your new knowledge and techniques for creative change making through the Products-Systems Services model


This course will teach you to consider potential impacts from a life-cycle perspective and will help you ensure that the production of your ideas won't accidentally cause harm. Through it, you'll gain an understanding of the impacts of material processes, of different ways to reduce the use of global materials and of the ecological impacts our production and consumption choices cause. You'll discover techniques such as Design for Disassembly, Design for Longevity, Design for Reusability, Design for Dematerialization, and Design for Modularity and will learn to design approaches that minimize potentially negative social and environmental impacts, maximize the regenerative elements, and still maintain functionality, aesthetics, and practicality of products, systems, and services. Sustainable Design & Production isn’t limited just to people who are defined as ‘designers’; the course shares incredibly useful tools for anyone creating things in the world and the eco-design strategies can be applied to any productive process.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talkon sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions and systems thinking.