Design Interview: Drew Davies

Drew Davies - owner/design director of Oxide Design Co. and national co-president of AIGA

What drew you to your particular field?
I didn’t know graphic design existed as an actual thing until my sophomore year in college. But looking back, even as a young child I was always fascinated by icons, symbols, logos, and the like. I’ve always been interested in art, but design was the way I found to bring my need for order and direction to that aesthetic world.
If you’re looking for a great deal of public recognition, design is not the career to go into, we joke in our field. Maybe the spouses of people that work at design firms could name one, quote,…

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Biophobia: The Global Epidemic

Health officials, both in the United States and internationally, have rightfully noted that the irrational fear associated with the Ebola crisis in Africa is more dangerous than the disease itself. Fear causes people to do all sorts of crazy things. Fear makes people pick up guns and shoot other people. Fear makes people lock doors and keep lights on all night long, illuminating empty buildings and wasting resources. Fear makes people horde and steal and overlook reality. Fear makes people believe fear mongers. Fear loves hysteria and feeds on the suspension of rational thought. Fear makes us sick.

The term is self-explanatory, a portmanteau of two common word bits: bio-, meaning “life” and phobia, meaning “irrational fear.” We are afraid…

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Sustainability Interview: Jane Kleeb

Jane Kleeb - founder and executive director of Bold Nebraska (boldnebraska.org)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
At Bold, we see ourselves as bringing citizen participation to sustainability; democracy and citizen participation is at the core of everything Bold does, making sure there is a more diverse and independent voice in our politics in our state. So we see our role in connecting the issues of climate change, sustainability, local food to politics and who you’re electing.

What elements of negative human impact concern you most, generally and in your area of expertise?
Before I got involved with the Keystone XL site, I believed in climate change, obviously, but never really thought twice about…

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Sustainability Interview: Dr. Donald A. Wilhite

Dr. Donald A. Wilhite - professor of applied climate science in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources (snr.unl.edu); coordinating author for UNL’s recent report on climate change; founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center and the International Drought Information Center at UNL

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
Obviously, the School of Natural Resources plays a large role from the perspective in both research and educational programs related to sustainability. We coordinate the environmental studies major, for example, for the University of Nebraska, and that program has been growing and trains students on a lot of these issues and gets them engaged in community activities and that sort of thing. Being the…

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Sustainability Interview: W. Cecil Steward

W. Cecil Steward - founder, president and CEO of the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities (ecospheres.com)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
I founded the nonprofit in 1996 when I was still dean of architecture at UNL and I founded it out of a perception that unless there was a steady group of people, organizations and resources, we were always going to be behind the curve; those of us who felt that environmental issues were not simply about the environment, that we needed an organizational structure for education and demonstration. I wanted to bring my life devotion to architecture, planning and community assistance together with the concept of daily life and plans and activities for…

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Sustainability Interview: Steve Rodie

Steve Rodie, FASLA - director of UNO’s Center for Urban Sustainability (unomaha.edu/center-for-urban-sustainability)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
The Center was regent-approved two years ago, so the board of regents approved it as an entity at the Universities of Nebraska. 
Our major role at UNO is interaction and collaboration and engagement with the city and with the community. A big part of this is to build partnerships in research, teaching and outreach that either enhance sustainability for the community or create greater awareness of the benefits of sustainability. So it’s a combination of education, research and outreach.

What elements of negative human impact concern you most, generally and in your area of expertise?

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Sustainability Interview: Stephen Osberg

Stephen Osberg - board member, Mode Shift Omaha (modeshiftomaha.org)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
Mode Shift, our central goal is to promote freedom of transportation. Sure, people drive right now, but we want to make sure people at least have a viable option to walk to get to where they need to go, ride a bike, take public transit. Right now everything in our city is built to support driving automobiles at the expense of those other modes. When people drive cars, it’s the least environmentally option people can take. We try to educate people and policymakers on the benefits and practices that could support a range of transportation options.

What elements of negative…

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