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College of Art and Architecture Recognized for Commitment to Sustainable, Inclusive Design

February 01, 2019

Due to its longstanding design-related commitments to sustainability, inclusivity and collaboration with rural and regional communities, the College of Art and Architecture was recently invited to join a major United Nations initiative, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), that strives to achieve innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues by the year 2030 — including clean water and sanitation, quality education and inequality.

The SDSN began operating in 2012 and in December 2018, the U.S. became the 30th network to join. The College of Art and Architecture (CAA) is currently the only member of the U.S. chapter in the state of Idaho. Other nationwide members include private and public institutions committed to achieving the U.N.'s 17 distinct sustainable development goals.

Representing the college for the SDSN's U.S. chapter is John Anderson, associate professor and program head of Virtual Technology and Design, who traveled in December to Columbia University in New York for the chapter's inaugural meeting. Andy Kliskey, a professor in the College of Natural Resources and co-director of the Center for Resilient Communities, a research facility housed under CAA that's committed to helping communities in the Western United States remain sustainable, is also representing the college.

As part of their contribution to the network, Anderson and Kliskey are developing a prototype that simulates future scenarios — and various solutions — for the design of sustainable cities and food, energy and water systems through the year 2030.

The pair will be reaching out to the broader university community for research contributions later this semester.

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