Fall 2019: The Problems with Recycling

The Problems with Recycling
Wednesday October 23, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm

In this event, we explore the complex problems behind recycling both as consumers and designers. While once thought of as a go-to sustainability solution, the complexities in recycling processes and drastic changes in global demands have demanded designers reconsider how products are made, used and disposed of. Join us for a night of presentations, ideas and discussions on the problems and potential solutions designers face designing for recyclability.

Logan Evasco is an accomplished designer, community organizer, and environmental activist.  Logan’s design philosophy is centered around accessibility and equity with modern sensibilities.  She has created campaigns for small businesses and immigrant-run organizations to build their brand awareness and corporate identity as well as worked with government agencies and startups to improve their accessibility and tone. Currently, she is Brand and Visual Design Director of a San Francisco startup that helps provide financial security and independence to vulnerable communities. Logan is also the founder of Design It Forward  a design collective built around the tenets of community empowerment, environmental justice, and regenerative design. Logan is active throughout the Bay Area, as a community partner with the SFSU design department as well as Co-chair of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Regional Taskforce Design Subcommittee.

Ian Montgomery runs Guacamole Airplane, a design studio based in South San Francisco focused on sustainable packaging. The studio is guided by a knowledge of sustainable materials, and works as a conduit between brands and packaging manufacturing. Guacamole Airplane has done work for organizations including Allbirds, Lumi, and Mollusk Surf Shop and has presented work at the A/D/O gallery in New York.  As a graduate design student, Ian received funding from the National Science Foundation to build a series of DIY plastic recycling machines based off plans from Dave Hakkens and the Precious Plastic Project.

Felisia Castañeda is the Supervisor and Education Specialist for the Recology Artist in Residence and Educational Tour Program where she develops educational programming relating to resource conservation, recycling and composting. Felisia speaks with over 4000 children and adults annually and has led discussion groups and workshops for companies such as Apple, Google, Mars Inc., and Clorox who are transitioning towards more sustainable packaging and design. She has toured delegations from around the world including China, India, France, and Brazil, through the Recology facilities to teach them about innovative solutions for implementing robust recycling programs in their home countries. Felisia currently serves as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors for SCRAP, a creative-reuse nonprofit, and is an active member of the Northern California Recycling Association and the Women’s Environmental Network.

This event is organized and moderated by Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Associate Professor of Design and Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco.  She teaches courses on Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design, Design Activism Community Engaged Learning and others. She is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design.