I have been meaning to share my thesis work for a long time now, but sometimes life takes over and all of a sudden it is the beginning of a new year. For those of you who don't know, I graduated with an MA in Sustainable Design in 2017.
So here it is!
It all started, when I came to the realization that there is no true sustainable way of diapering, because both disposable and cloth-diapering methods are not fully sustainable. This includes cloth diapering at home and at a cloth diapering service. After all, there are simply different sustainable problems that arise from them:
Issues With Disposable Diapering
Issues With Cloth Diapering
So, I set out to find solutions to these problems and I developed and designed a sustainable service model in order to reduce and/or eliminate negative environmental impact surrounding disposable and cloth diapers.
In short, I came up with the following solutions:
1. Implementation of a Closed Loop Cleaning and Waste Water Management System
2. Utilization of Renewable Energy in form of solar power
3. Considering Material Health of Diapers as well as Safety of Laundry Detergent
(After all choosing detergents and cloth diapers without health-damaging substances ensures social sustainability)
4. Designing an Electric Vehicle and Cargo Bicycle Transportation System
As a result the benefits of this model are:
+ NO Water Eutrophication
+ MINIMAL Fresh Water Depletion
+ NO Fresh Water Ecotoxicity
+ LESS Health Damaging Substances
+ LESS Fossil Fuel Depletion
+ LESS Climate Change
It is important to implement strategies to improve the ecological footprint from diapering. Even though the ideas described in the thesis project are about a diaper service, certain aspects can be applied at home. For instance people could use a grey water recycling system to wash cloth diapers and they can line dry the diapers instead of running a dryer. Additionally, home owners can install solar panels to generate the electricity needed.
You can view my whole thesis below, which explains everything in detail.
Let me know if you have any comments or questions in regards to this project. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
As I am wrapping up my first year of teaching German & Web Design classes through Duluth Community Ed, I thought it'd be fitting to write up 3 things that I have realized over the past 12 months about teaching.
1. Teaching is a lot of work
The saying "those who can't do, teach" should be banned. After all, it is not "easy" to teach. To stand in front of a group of people and present an idea or concept can be quite daunting. Namely, public speaking doesn't come natural to everyone. Additionally, having to prepare for lessons can be challenging, especially if you have never done it before. Planning a course, creating a lesson plan and developing teaching material from various sources takes time and practice. To prepare for my German class, I spent weeks reading and comparing various German books in order to gather all of my teaching material.
2. Teaching is fun
Going into this year I wasn't sure if I would enjoy educating others. It turns out, I actually really like it. It is fun to teach others, because you can watch students navigate the lessons and grow with knowledge over time. I have students in my web design class that struggled to use the web design software at the beginning of the course, but at the end of the class have actually created a whole website within that same web software. How great is that?
3. Not only the students learn something
Not only do the students learn new material, the teacher also learns and grows as time goes on. (In my opinion, that is actually the best part about teaching). I, for one, started out this year feeling very nervous and I was not so sure about my ability to teach my skills to others. After all, I wasn't trained in education, but rather in design. And apart from tutoring fellow students in college, I'd never taught a class before. So it is only natural to feel nervous about this new task I set out for myself. However, as time went on, I got more confident and started to believe in myself. Thus, I learned that you can achieve anything, if you work hard enough and if you believe in yourself.
Any teachers/educators out there that have something to add to the list?
Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I took pictures of my mom and stepdad in New York and I think it's safe to say that they are the cutest lovebirds around!
Maison and Maverick have been best buds since they were babies, so it only made sense to combine their senior pictures into one shoot, so that they have a few pics with each other as well.
Is it just me or are fall colors the perfect backdrop for senior pictures?
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