January 24, 2004
California College of the Arts, San Francisco 

Presented by the San Francisco chapters of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA SF) and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA SF), the first Compostmodern event was a one day, interdisciplinary design conference dedicated to sustainable design solutions.

At the 2004 event, remarks from keynote speaker Richard Nelson Swett — a former US Congressman, US Ambassador (to Denmark) and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow — set the stage for the day. Additional speakers included representatives from Monterey Bay Aquarium, Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Company, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, WSP/Environmental North America and ReadyMade magazine. Presenters from Anderson Lithograph, New Leaf Paper, Stora Enso and MOTO Engineering addressed production considerations, while Bob Adams from IDEO, John Bielenberg, Nathan Shedroff and Brian Dougherty of Celery Design examined business practice from a design firm perspective.

Also on hand was an exhibit of sustainable project examples, a bookstore and sponsor tables for further information. With seventeen speakers and a sellout crowd of over 300 attendees — most of whom stayed through the DJ set that capped the day’s events — Compostmodern 2004 was a success by any measure.

Compostmodern 2004 was made possible by generous donations from Hewlett-Packard and Stora Enso, a grant from Alameda County Waste Management, as well as in-kind donations by Anderson Lithograph and New Leaf Paper.