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Rachel Martin @rachel ?

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Rachel Martin is design director of Rachel Martin Design LLC, a sustainable and socially responsible collaborative design studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. As an avid do-gooder and advocate for sustainability, Rachel collaborates with socially conscious businesses and nonprofits on a national level to help build unique brand messages that inspire positive change to shape our world and culture for the greater good.

Prior to relocating to Charlotte, Rachel worked in New York City with top leaders in design at Louis Dreyfus and BBDO Worldwide. Rachel is the national director of The Living Principles, sits on the advisory boards for AIGA Charlotte and Green Drinks Charlotte, is an adopter of the Designers Accord and is a member of the Design Can Change, DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, Ladies of Letterpress, Re-nourish and USGBC. Rachel also serves on the Charlotte Regional Environmental Network (CREN) working with leaders of each environmental organization in Charlotte. She has helped launch AIGA Charlotte’s “Eat Your Greens” event series and the Design for Good initiative to educate designers to be more sustainable and socially responsible in their design work.

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  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Implementing Impact! The Business of Social Design   8 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    New in 2014: One Week Focus Implementing Impact! The Business of Social Design June 22 – 27, 2014 Priority application deadline: April, 1 2014 Many design, communication and architecture professionals have turned their efforts towards projects that have the potential for positive community impact. Some take an entrepreneurial approach and others weave a social agenda into their [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Green Salon: Living Principles Scorecard with Phil Hamlett   8 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Green Salon: Living Principles Scorecard with Phil Hamlett (Co-author The Living Principles for Design). Assessing the overall sustainability of a design project can be a challenge. To aid designers and design instructors in that process, Living Principles co-architect and ambassador Phil Hamlett has created a new, user-friendly tool. The Living Principles Scorecard, downloadable here , makes it possible [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: HAPPY AIGA CENTENNIAL DAY!   10 months, 1 week ago · View

    Thumbnail In 2014, AIGA turns 100! Established in 1914 as an institute dedicated to the graphic arts, AIGA’s focus and reach have continually expanded. From 40 founders to 24,000 members and from a New York club to a nationwide network, what began as the old guard of a new profession has become a rich and active community [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Sustainability Maker Convention 2013   1 year, 2 months ago · View

    Join the next big thing! Attend the first Sustainability Maker Convention, the world’s first conference on Open Innovation, Crowd Sourcing and Crowd Funding for Sustainability. Be among the first to witness the start of the next Sustainability innovation movement and to know about the http://www.innonatives.com open innovation for Sustainability platform. Registration Please register online before October 1st PROGRAM OF THE [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: VERGE San Francisco   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    VERGE San Francisco brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to explore the opportunities for radical efficiencies created through technology advancements in energy, buildings and transportation.

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Hack City   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    Hack City isn’t your typical hackathon: It is oriented around solving real challenges, seeding viable solutions with real market potential and creating the conditions uniquely suited to bring sustainability solutions to scale. Hack City brings developers and entrepreneurs together with corporate executives, city officials and others key players that recognize the opportunities from innovative use of data [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Sustainable Brands ‘14 Conference   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    At Sustainable Brands our mission is to replenish the world through better brands. Via our flagship annual international gathering, the Sustainable Brands Conference, we inspire, engage and equip brand and sustainability leaders to profitably shift to more environmentally and socially valuable product and service offerings while building a network of like minded colleagues who can help. [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Sustainable Brands London Conference 2013   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    Connect with Sustainability Executives, Brand Strategists, and Design & Innovation Leaders as SB London convenes to drive innovation that leads to enhanced business and brand value. Explore the Sustainable Brands Renaissance and the role that brands play along the path toward sustainability.

  • New Metrics ‘13- Explore the future of sustainable business metrics. The two-day Sustainable Brands Issues in Focus event examines leading-edge work that expands the way business can create, quantify, manage, and communicate value in the 21st century.

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: SXSW Eco 2013   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    Following an amazing second year, SXSW Eco has quickly become a significant connector for professionals working to solve the complex challenges facing civil society, the economy and the natural world. Hosting an international audience of thought leaders and decision makers, this three-day event serves as the platform to evolve these critical matters towards actionable and profitable solutions. [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: A Better World by Design Conference   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    A Better World by Design creates connections to make our world a better place. Each year, Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions re-frame perspectives. Better [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: A Call for More Good – Sappi Ideas that Matter 2013 Grant   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A Call for More Good – Ideas that Matter 2013 from Sappi Fine Paper on Vimeo. More than a decade ago Sappi Fine Paper North America— the maker of McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo — established the Ideas that Matter grant program to recognize and support designers who use their skills and expertise to solve communications problems for [...]

  • Compostmodern’s 2013 keynote speaker was Ezio Manzini, Design Strategist, and Founder DESIS Network. Resilience today is a concrete possibility. It appears as open and distributed socio-technical systems and it results from a complex innovation in which the technological side cannot be separated from the social one. The good news is this double trend of technological and social [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Buckminster Fuller Challenge from Buckminster Fuller Institute on Vimeo. The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is seeking transformative solutions to global problems to enter the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge . Named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine, it is the annual global competition recognizing bold, visionary, tangible initiatives that take a comprehensive, integrated approach to radically advance human well being [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability–Designing for Abundance   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to  Cradle to Cradle , one of the most consequential ecological manifestoes of our time. Now, drawing on the lessons gained from 10 years of putting the Cradle to Cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people, William McDonough and Michael Braungart envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Bring GOOD Ideas for Cities to Your City: Download the Toolkit   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    ThumbnailBy Alissa Walker Since 2008, we’ve been we’ve been hosting GOOD Ideas for Cities events across the country, where local creatives team up with civic leaders to solve real-life urban challenges. The initiative has resulted in dozens of implemented solutions, from a board game that helps house the homeless in L.A., to a neighborhood revitalization project in Dallas, to a network of [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Defining Sustainability In Design   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Defining Sustainability In Design from IIT Institute of Design on Vimeo. How do designers create sustainable goods? Practicing green design is good, but is that enough? We make stuff, but is this stuff making tomorrow worse? Is it making today better? Mabel Chan offers three ways to be more sustainable makers of stuff and gives you questions to [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Design and Social Impact   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research and practice chronicles the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit which brought together a diverse group of leading practitioners and educators explored the gaps, challenges, strategies to advance the burgeoning field of socially responsible design. Organized by Cooper-Hewitt, The Lemelson Foundation, and the National Endowment for [...]

  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Hot Studio Brings Compostmodern 2013 to Life   1 year, 9 months ago · View


    Friday, March 22, 2013 – Saturday, March 23, 2013 Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
    The world is changing. Fast. And the systems we rely on—ecological, political, social, educational, financial—are struggling to keep pace, crumbling under the increasing weight of these very challenging times. In turn, we must ask a very important question: If our [...]
  • Rachel Martin wrote a new blog post: Bruce Mau at Compostmodern ‘11   1 year, 10 months ago · View

    World-leading visionary, innovator, designer, and author, Bruce Mau is committed to creative, healthy, ecological and economic abundance. In his presentation, he discusses the the need to make sustainability a norm and his drive to include "the other 99%" in the process. Learn more at http://www.compostmodern.org

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