Nov 22, 2020 By IIDA HQ
Interface + IIDA: Virtual Converge Sustainability Summit 2020
A cohort of emerging designers and students convened virtually for a two-day climate summit.
By IIDA HQ Nov 22, 2020
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Interface, in partnership with IIDA, presented the second Interface + IIDA Converge: Sustainable Design Summit, a two-day climate summit focused on evaluating and implementing sustainable design solutions.

A cohort of emerging designers and students from around the country—some alumni from the 2019 summit—convened virtually for presentations, group topic explorations, panel discussions with sustainable design experts, collaborative activities, and, most importantly, built relationships based on the desire to support a better more sustainable world.

The word community was used a lot over the last 18-24 hours—we are all rallying around community and purpose.
Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, Executive Vice President and CEO
Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, Executive Vice President and CEO

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Climate Solutions for the Climate Crisis

During this special event, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson spoke with an incredible group of female climate change activists—contributors featured in her new anthology of essays and poems—All We Can Save—written by diverse group of 40 women at the forefront of the climate movement and was followed by a live Q&A.

Learn more about the publication at https://www.allwecansave.earth

The Weaving Mill

Emily Francis Winter
, co-founder of The Weaving Mill, shared an overview of the history and function of the artist-run industrial weaving facility based in Chicago. She discussed their partnership with Envision, providing training to adults with developmental disabilities. Winter talked about process, partnership, the mill's evolution and ways to follow your creative instincts and ideas. Yasmin Spiro, director of content and strategy at IIDA, moderated the discussion and Q&A session.

Learn more about The Weaving Mill
West Town Textile Studio Finds Common Threads with Community
A Look Inside the Weaving Mill

I’m so impressed with Emily Winter and how she navigates the world in such an unprecedented way.
Caleb Cambron, Student, Cornell University
Caleb Cambron, Student, Cornell University

Embodied Beauty

Kari Pei
, vice president of product design at Interface, joined IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, for a discussion on designing products with purpose, and using biophilic design as a thoughtful tool. She shares her career path and the roles and experiences that have shaped her current design practice at Interface.

Why Carbon Revisited

Joey Shea
, manager of mission activation at Interface, broke down what embodied carbon means and discussed strategies for evaluating and specifying products with low or even negative carbon footprints that can contribute to positive climate outcomes.

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