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Okala practitioner : integrating ecological design

Philip White (Author), Louise St Pierre (Author), Steve Belletire (Author)
"The new 2013 Okala Practitioner guide supports working designers and students with practical methods for designing products, services and systems with low impacts to ecological health and human health. Developed over the last decade by ID professors Philip White, IDSA, Louise St. Pierre and Steve Belletire, IDSA. Okala Practitioner will be distributed to IDSA's professional members with the 2013 summer issue of Innovation. The tools and information in the guide, which have been significantly expanded and revised from previous Okala guides, support informed dialogue and responsible decisions with clients, supervisors and design team members. Systemic tools such as the Ecodesign Strategy Wheel and life cycle assessment (LCA) help designers see a more complete view to steer their work towards more ecologically responsible behaviors and designs. Okala Impact Factors are a designer-friendly form of LCA developed with robust North American science. They enable quick 'back of an envelope' decision making, so that an understanding of ecological impacts can be factored into design decisions early in the concept phase. Okala Impact Factors have been calculated for an expansive range of materials and processes that enable modeling of environmental performance over the entire life cycle. Core methods are clearly indicated for designers with limited time"--Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2013
IDSA, Phoenix, AZ, USA, 2013
82 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
9780985167400, 0985167408
Ecodesign strategies. Product system life cycle; Ecodesign strategy wheel; Ecodesign ideologies; Emerging strategies; Design for recycling
Creating business opportunities. Green marketing; Ecodesign in the development process; Meeting stakeholders needs
Ecological design knowledge. Process tree; Measuring environmental performance; Okala impact factors 2014; Using impact factors; Environmental impacts; Science in LCA; Understanding toxicity
Biotic and social imperatives. Ecology for designers; Evolution of the biosphere; Our stressed biosphere; Challenging our beliefs; Achieving social equity
"Okala means 'life sustaining energy' in the Hopi language. Okala honors the indigenous American tradition of respect for the natural environment. We envision a future when all humans protect our unique and irreplaceable biosphere"--Page 2 of cover