Work in interdisciplinary teams to connect design and innovation to the science of sustainability. Invent a CleanTech product, campus-based sustainable initiative OR a green solution for partner, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, declared one of the 'Greenest Zoo's in America'. Learn from experts in design, business, green chemistry, and communications. Pitch and win funding to move your idea forward.
By the end of the UC Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, you will learn how to:
Community of Practice
As a 'Sustainable Invention Scholar', you will join like-minded students and faculty to gain access to mentors, resources, competitions and funding to grow your idea. Continue your learning through meetups and network opportunities held throughout the year.
Use design thinking and sustainable materials to turn your idea into a viable prototype. Execute your concept through one of the many makerspaces on campus. Learn about new equipment and technologies from experts in the field. Develop a portfolio worthy project that will stand out on any professional resume.
The combination of an interdisciplinary curriculum and a diverse community will expand your creativity, improve your problem-solving strategies and build leadership skills.
Green chemistry minimizes the impacts of consumer products on human health and the environment. Learn key facets of the product life-cycle as you create your sustainable product.
Master how to create a viable business model and identify a comprehensive value proposition for your product.
Understand the principles of user-centered design through the design thinking process.
Learn how to craft a clear and compelling story for your startup.
Less but Better Challenge
Your challenge will be to design a new solution to address a need that eliminates or significantly reduces the problems associated with materials using the State of Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality Vision 2050 Materials Management plan as a framework. We will examine how 'upstream impacts' (raw material selection, design, and production actions made at the point of invention) can significantly minimize the environmental footprint of a product.
The solution should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.
The C O L O R Challenge
Color dramatically influences human behavior from how we communicate to how we make decisions and is a ubiquitous component of consumer products. The materials and processes used to generate color in consumer products have significant impacts on human health and the environment. In light of the economic, social and environmental impacts of color on society, you will be asked to invent a product or process that reduces the impacts of color (dyes, pigments, inks and structural color) on human health and the environment or invent a new way to use color as a tool to reduce the impacts of consumer products on human health and the environment. The strategy should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.
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