Founded in 2006,The Parsons' Sustainable Design Review (SDR) is a student and faculty group dedicated to fostering awareness and sparking dialogue about social, environmental, and various other forms of sustainability through the acknowledgement, appreciation, and encouragement of sustainable design activities at The New School. From 2006-2008, SDR held an annual competition, open to all students at The New School, offering them an opportunity to submit concepts that address sustainability in response to a design challenge.
In 2008, Parsons teamed up with Kiehl's, challenging students to examine the retail consumption cycle and develop solutions to decrease consumer waste through increasing awareness about sustainability. The winning concept from this challenge, a pear tree graphic tracing Kiehl's history of social responsibilty designed by Parsons students Marie Claire Brush, Alex Bulloch, and Jennifer Mutrux, now appears on a limited-edition label for Kiehl's Suberbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion.
Recently, the SDR has shifted its focus from an annual competition to an interactive web site for students to engage with each other and learn about sustainability. By harnessing the progressive and creative mindsets of students at The New School, the SDR provides a forum where members of the New School community may advance a new vision for sustainability in the 21st Century.
Hosted by the Design and Management program at Parsons The New School for Design, the SDR reflects the university's growing commitment to sustainability, which can also be seen in the new Environmental Studies program.