SF EcoTuesday :: Innovative Design Panel W/InterfaceFLOR, Lifefactory & Autodesk

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What if humans designed products and systems that celebrate an abundance of human creativity, culture, and productivity? (McDonough).

Join us at our next EcoTuesday event, one week later than usual, on Oct 30th to explore this idea further. We are very excited to bring you a new format for October in the form of a panel discussion focused on Innovative Design. Our very talented guests include: Dawn Danby, Senior Designer, Autodesk, Mikhail Davis, Manager of Strategic Sustainability, InterfaceFLOR, and Pam Marcus, Founder, Lifefactory.


Current trends in product design Issues regarding materials reduction Future of innovative design


Dawn Danby has spent 13 years working across disciplines in sustainable design. Her projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border to closed-loop manufacturing strategies and furniture design. At Autodesk, Dawn leads the Sustainability Workshop, which provides free, lightweight videos and resources online to teach young engineers, designers, and architects the principles and practice of sustainable design. Dawn co-authored the bestselling sustainability book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century. She has given dozens of talks around the world, spoke at TEDGlobal in 2005, and was recognized by Fast Company in 2009 as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Dawn teaches in the Design Strategy MBA at the California College of Arts and is a board member at Catapult Design. She has an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Mikhail Davis is the Manager of Strategic Sustainability for Interface in San Francisco, CA. Mikhail is responsible for strategically leveraging and expanding Interface's thought leadership in sustainability. He has over 15 years of experience as a strategic advisor, analyst, designer, and manager for sustainability programs in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. His favorite business sustainability challenges to tackle include: creating NGO alliances, greener chemicals and materials, and closed loop systems. His previous work includes three years as personal manager to environmental icon David Brower and five years with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, building sustainable business strategies for Fortune 500 companies. He holds a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Pam Marcus began her career as a pediatric physical therapist working with handicapped children and babies. She saw a need for environmentally friendly products with exceptional design in the infant industry and founded Lifefactory (http://www.lifefactory.com/) in 2007. Lifefactory has quickly grown into a leading innovative lifestyle company providing reusable glass bottles with protective silicone sleeves for the entire family. In the past five years, Lifefactory has grown to multi-million dollar company with global distribution. Pam has served as CEO and her experience and decision-making skills have been vital to the success of Lifefactory. She is now working on her second company, The Cookie Department (http://www.thecookiedepartment.com/), which features first-to-market Fully Functional Cookies.

Moderated by Nikki Pava, founder of EcoTuesday and Alegria Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in planning and executing marketing communications and sustainability initiatives for mission-driven companies.


Presidio Graduate School (http://presidioedu.reachlocal.com/?scid=2362222&kw=16475200&pub_cr_id=8731730193): Educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world.

Frey Organic Wine (http://www.freywine.com/) Frey Organic & Biodynamic Wines, America's first Organic winery, family-owned and operated since 1980. No sulfites or chemicals added.

Runa (http://www.runa.org/home.aspx) is a pioneering organization that partners with over 1000 indigenous farmers in Ecuador to organically produce and export guayusa from Ecuador. They will be providing the perfect beverage to give EcoTuesday attendees focused energy and health benefits throughout the evening.

Alegria Partners (http://www.alegriapartners.com/): Integrated marketing and sustainability consulting to help you manage & grow your business. Think of Alegria Partners as your on-site or “virtual” marketing or sustainability department. We offer excellent project management services by supporting you in the creation, design, development and implementation of your program.


The Adobe Offices (http://www.adobe.com/)

Adobe is a leader in sustainability. 601 Townsend is the oldest LEED-certified platinum green building in the world. Adobe’s LEED certifications total 10—with 9 of these being platinum.

Please RSVP, online $15 ($20 at the door/cash only). Doors open at 6:30 pm.

We hope you can make it to this visionary night!

See you there.


Nikki, Ivette & Jenny