Whole Systems Thinking in Sustainable Design

Learn how to problem-solve, innovate, and improve your project’s environmental impacts by looking at the big picture to understand how things are made, used and disposed of. Whole systems thinking allows you to see the big-picture of the social, environmental, and technical systems that a product is a part of. This can help you identify new possibilities for innovation.Lifecycle thinking allows you to quantify environmental impacts so that you can prioritize, set metrics around, and most effectively reduce them.

Year Published: 
2011

Whole Systems and Lifecycle Thinking

Whole Systems and Lifecycle Thinking

Learn how to problem-solve, innovate, and improve your project’s environmental impacts by looking at the big picture to understand how things are made, used and disposed of.

Lifecycle Assessment

Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) quantifies the environmental impact of your designs so that you and your customers can make more informed decisions.

Biomimicry

Biomimicry takes inspiration from nature to find better ways of making or doing things. It can help spur new design ideas by thinking about the systems and lifecycles that have evolved in the natural world.

Authors

Jer
Faludi
LEED AP BD+C
Jeremy Faludi (LEED AP BD+C) is a sustainable design strategist and researcher. He has taught green design at Stanford University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, California College of the Arts and other universities.