What’s your greatest sustainability challenge?

As a designer, researcher, strategist, engineer, or any member in any capacity of the creative community, what do you struggle with when it comes to having a more sustainable practice?

What is your greatest sustainability challenge?

  • 16th December 2010Convincing the world it is worth while.
  • 7th December 2010Convincing myself to overcome the combined inertia of ignorance and dispair to become an accountable example of sustainable thought and action that will inspire similar awareness, action, and urgency in enough others to collectively and positively alter the future of our planet and the life it supports... and to maintain that commitment with the realization that this challenge will outlive me without a guarantee, or even a hint, of success for the loved-ones I leave behind and those I hope will follow. This challenge is no less daunting and dangerous than the challenge of world war that gave rise to the last "greatest generation", and the generation that accepts the challenge of sustainability will rightfully be acclaimed as its successor. I'd like to be remembered as part of that generation. Posthumous recognition is just fine by me.
  • 6th December 2010Getting print design clients who are not concerned with the environment to *want* to use recycled papers for their printing. Many do not see that the added cost (if any) is worthwhile...
  • 24th November 2010Travel - how do we get around making no pollution and having no lasting impact.
  • 20th November 2010Make the good and sustainable common, the bad and harmful rare.
  • 19th November 2010change people mindsets
  • 17th November 2010I live in a culture that teaches excessive consumer behaviors to those with budgets that can't sustain that type of spending. I struggle to sustain balance as an effect of purchased goods & services.
  • 20th October 2010How do we change from a straight line to a circle? In other words, at a systemic and cultural level, how do we change from linear processes to cycles? If we can achieve that, it will take care of most of the 'symptoms' that result from the linear approach.
  • 12th October 2010to change the perspective of designer about sustainability - to make sens of it in application. As long as designer consider the profit maximization, it would not be able to focus properly however the challenge is overall wealth maximization in terms of quality,use, disposal, recycling and context of green design. Long term TEAM Challenge. karnav shah.
  • 10th September 2010Preparing sustainability policies that make it easier to make the 'right' choices while in the heat of every day work flow. Policies that provide a common set of criteria for all staff when deciding on contractors, service providers, materials, and the final design concepts.
  • 17th August 2010Too much competition in graphic design industry
  • 11th August 2010Ditto: (1) balance, and (2) family members or close friends that get it, but don't care. Feels like a war.
  • 16th July 2010I work 20 miles from my home and I drive in traffic for 40 minutes each way to get there and back. It is a great job and I want to keep it but it is more affordable to live where I do.
  • 12th July 2010Understanding how to incorporate biomimicry into my everyday practice.
  • 27th May 2010Sustainability for me is a misspelt work, i understand to sustain, and also the ability but together it make no sense.As an architect, i would like to understand the imapct of the design on human health.
  • 2nd April 2010to make less in quantity and more in quality; more in function and also more in personal value. A better design means a longer lasting one, something that's not replaceable every year or season.
  • 25th March 2010melding ideals with practical realities in order to change both for the better.
  • 14th March 2010I love books! I constantly add notes, stickers, highlight, and cryptic symbols to books I read. And they don't require a power source. I'm not finding Kindle a likely substitute for my needs.
  • 18th February 2010Clients
  • 18th February 2010Getting clients to define why a project should be done, who it's for, what they hope to achieve--so unnecessary resources aren't used, message is clear, targeted and lasting.
  • 1st February 2010Sustaining remote Alaska Native communities while utilizing their natural resources for energy, job creation, and their way of life.
  • 29th January 2010It's nearly impossible to be in design school and not use toxic paints, pink foam, and reams and ream and reams of paper.
  • 27th January 2010overcoming the economic paradigm of the day - economic growth as measured by GDP... and the fact that we all measure ourselves, our happiness in some way through this system.
  • 27th January 2010Having business allow development to thrive through unlimited, open-source processes.
  • 20th January 2010THERE IS ONLY ONE CHALLENGE! end Capitalism - start Ecolism. No amount of clever design can stop a beast that needs perpetual exploitation and destruction to survive.
  • 11th January 2010My family members: they understand intellectually, but don't change their behavior.
  • 6th January 2010Sustainable Intelligence. How -- to get others to listen to you -- and to work with you while they are intimidated by your brilliance and ideas...
  • 16th December 2009deforested arid semidesert zone in north east mex our goal: create a green botanical garden where people will discover new materials and techniques to be sustainable c-e-n-t-r-o.org
  • 16th December 2009Finding designprocess-tools for sustainable design that are easy to use for designstudents.
  • 15th December 2009People use tissues A LOT! Do you know how much energy they use to produce TISSUES??!!! My household alone use 2 jumbo packs (it's 20 rolls) tissues per month.
  • 14th December 2009The FAA and government regulations
  • 12th December 2009To awaken the drugged masses (drugs of choice = vacuous TV, consumerism, marketing, money, avarice)
  • 3rd December 2009Growing Humus in soil for gardening
  • 19th November 2009How do we get more New York City buildings to recycle??
  • 11th November 2009Avoiding wasted effort by reading important theories of design such as Tony Fry's A New Design Philosophy which offers designers interested in sustainability an intellectual underpinning
  • 27th October 2009Finding the right materials and the sustainable supply chain.
  • 20th October 2009Making people aware of upcycling as a simple simple and immediate solution for a healthier planet and happier people.
  • 4th October 2009Cost
  • 21st September 2009Foodpackaging... I live on my own and eat small portions. In the supermarket that means everything I eat is packed at least twice
  • 19th September 2009Convincing people that the start up expenses of sustainable design and construction has untold long term benefits as well as always being able to find "green" products to design with.
  • 18th September 2009Scale problem - launching a new product that does not have the scale to command cost effective prices from more sustainable materials and methods (recycled vs. virgin HDPE for example).
  • 15th September 2009Balance.
  • 14th September 2009The lack of understanding about what sustainability is, how cross cutting & all-inclusive it is & what creative opportunities there are from taking sustainability as an outcome principle in design.
  • 9th September 2009Convincing others of the importance and urgency of sustainable practices.
  • 9th September 2009Not using the latest material just because it is sustainable. Just use less.
  • 9th September 2009We know a lot about what we need to change, and in some cases, how. barriers are finance, policy, awareness and willingness to change...
  • 4th September 2009Understanding what makes a project sustainable. There are no metrics. Just the color green and few trees and leaf icons... all greenwash.
  • 1st September 2009Getting middle America to actually get it!
  • 1st September 2009Getting top level management to take environmental sustainability as seriously as middle management and individual contributors do and to be guided by it in every way, not just cherry picking options.
  • 29th August 2009Understanding all of the frameworks and tools. Where do I start?
  • 27th August 2009Getting business executives to understand the businesses value of sustainable products.
  • 27th August 2009Depression over how much there is to do -- I'm tired!
  • 27th August 2009Quoting Daniel Hebert-Moto: "it's complicated stuff"
  • 27th August 2009Working in a corporation where too often employees and students are apathetic about changing habits
  • 27th August 2009Justification
  • 27th August 2009Designing laptop bags that are made of sustainable or recycled materials. Selling at a reasonable price point. Eco-friendly materials are too expensive!
  • 27th August 2009Envisioning and communicating a meaningful, sustainable, post-consumer world
  • 27th August 2009Wrapping my head around it all without getting overwhelmed
  • 27th August 2009Wanting to quit my day job to work on sustainability
  • 27th August 2009Affording it. Sustainable solutions needs to be the most economical in order to be adopted (and should be eventually).
  • 27th August 2009Getting students galvanized to think about sustainability as a part of everything that they do.
  • 27th August 2009Not enough hours in the day to get it all done. It's too big and breaking it down into manageable pieces is very difficult.
  • 27th August 2009Getting a job, open-sourcing curriculum.
  • 27th August 2009Defining cost for clients/consumers.
  • 27th August 2009Is with companies fixed in their ways.
  • 27th August 2009Decoupling sustainable design from products + materials + consumption.
  • 27th August 2009Training people to design and make furniture while questioning
  • 27th August 2009whether the world really needs any more furniture.
  • 27th August 2009Localized lifestyle - experience of power decisions.
  • 27th August 2009Not causing the production of CO2.
  • 27th August 2009Consuming.
  • 27th August 2009Ink jet cartridges.
  • 27th August 2009Discerning the difference between what is sustainable and what is greenwashing.
  • 27th August 2009The Old Guard.
  • 27th August 2009Working for a design firm.
  • 27th August 2009Successfully communicating the science of sustainability to design students.
  • 27th August 2009Communicating that green is not the new black.
  • 27th August 2009The facilities department at my school.
  • 27th August 2009Apathy.
  • 27th August 2009Finding a better word for sustainability.
  • 27th August 2009Convincing people that we have spent the past 50 years making a mess, and should now spend 50 years cleaning it up.
  • 27th August 2009Effective education on the subject.
  • 27th August 2009Identifying conditions required for civilizations to continue for as long as life is possible. Making them known. Helping to implement them. (In that order.)
  • 27th August 2009Removing plastic from my life.
  • 27th August 2009Changing my habits at home, educating my students and my peers. And after two years teaching, becoming Chair of the Sustainability committee of the Faculty Senate, a position where I hope to create more awareness about sustainability across the university campus.