Economics and Ethics of Sustainable Design
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design & Management
Course Number: PUDM 2101
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Sustainable Design
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Design
This course introduces students to the multiple meanings of sustainability for those in design and in business, including environmental stewardship as well as organizational, economic, and technological sustainability. Students consider the various pressures that globalization exerts on these multiple ideals of sustainability, and learn what kinds of structures, standards and (self-) regulations designers and industries may use to define and monitor their relation to these ideals. Students read texts on the cultural, technological, and business issues involved in sustaining growth and innovation, and explore the economic and ecological implications of "business as usual," in order to begin conceptualizing alternatives to traditional business practices.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All School of Design Strategies undergraduate degree students; others by permission of BBA in Strategic Design and Management program.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Undergraduate students.