Since the Fall of '10, I have participated in Design for Environment research investigating Design for Environment principles and their integration into design practice. As part of this project, I conducted sustainable design literature review collecting over three hundred Design for Environment principles and clustering them based on their sustainability impact and relevancy in different parts of the product life cycle and design process. We then used these principles to begin development of a visualization tool to aid in the navigation of DfE principles. A paper describing our work on this project was recently accepted to the 19th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering 2012. Current work on the project includes investigating the social aspect of design for the environment.
Below is the poster we prepared and presented at a Sustainability Fair on the University of California, Berkeley campus Spring '11, receiving Best Poster Award.
This research is conducted in collaboration with Cole Hartman and under the guidance of Lora Oehlberg.