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Candace Allenson
Department: Packaging Design
Initiative: Course -PK431 Sustainable Packaging Design

"Consider the well being of the natural world and incorporate responsibility and use of natural resources." - CA

How would you categorize your initiative?
This is an integral course for seniors within the Packaging Design major.

Please describe your activity and its relevance to sustainability in the curriculum.
This course introduces students to the environmental and social issues relating to packaging and provides them with the knowledge and tools to address these issues in a creative, economical, responsible and sustainable way.

Have you incorporated this activity in your teaching?
This course has been incorporated in the Packaging Design major within the last academic year. I have been designing and implementing sustainable design for my clients in both packaging and print design. I have also attended conferences on this topic.

Do you anticipate any next steps in your sustainability initiative?
Packaging Design Chairperson Marianne Klimchuk is dedicated to sustainability within the Packaging Design Department. I hope to increase and incorporate sustainability into all of my courses including Packaging Design for Cosmetics and Fragrance and Marketing, and Introduction to Packaging.

Based on your experience, do you have any suggestions or advice you might give to other faculty interested in incorporating sustainability into the curriculum?
Sustainability itself is a vast topic. From grass roots to global efforts, it is important to focus on a sub text to sustainability and teach it in a methodical way. In addition, inviting guest speakers from the packaging industry is an effective way for students to understand sustainability, from manufacturing to design, to how we live our everyday lives.

Does your initiative have applicability to other curricular or program areas?
I hope to increase and incorporate sustainability into all of my courses, including Packaging Design for Cosmetics and Fragrance, a Marketing course that I teach.

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