Sustainable Product Design

Last night I attended Net Impact Boston’s Sustainable Design panel hosted by Dassault Systems. The panel was moderated by Asheen Phansey, North American Sustainability Leader and Sustainability Product Manager at Dassault Systemes. Panelists included Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Manager at EMD Millipore; Peter Girard, GaBi Product Manager at PE International; and Dr. Matthew Gardner, Director at Sustainserv. To be honest, I didn’t learn anything new about PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) through the lenses that I am familiar with: LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) or PDD (Product Design and Development.) However, it was the specific stories that resonated most with me. I won’t disclose specifics regarding the clients or projects of the various firms, but I will highlight the over arching theme that often there are conflicting stories told by what one organizational function requests and what the data show. The panelists all agreed that more often than not a rough LCA is enough to generate actionable results. The 80-20 rule in effect.

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Just signed up to list my unused goodies on Zilok!

After searching for a GoPro HD Camera to rent for this weekend’s whitewater rafting trip at Crabapple Whitewater in Charlemont, MA. I came across one on Zilok. I had read about Zilok while reading “What’s Mine is Yours” (The Rise of Collaborative Consumption) by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. Zilok is basically an online platform that lets you list and promote things that you own that others are interested in renting. The concept is simple: we all want what we want when we want it, BUT most of the time we don’t need what we own. So by renting our neighbors items we gain the access to what we want, without having to bear the economic expense and physical burden of owning the items.

Here is my page on Zilok:

Check it out and try renting out my GoPro Camera! I got some amazing footage that I promise to upload soon. Also I have a halloween costume, kegerator equipment, my nintendo wii, and of course, my car, all available for rent.


I just signed up for Hubway today, Boston’s bike sharing program sponsored by New Balance. They had a deal for annual membership at $50 instead of their standard $85, which I learned about during “Let’s Talk about Bikes” an event at the BSA Space. BSA Space is in the recently built LEED Certified 280 Congress St. the same building shared by Trade restaurant, (Amazing Cocktails) Boloco (Sweet touch screen ordering proces) and Fidelity. My buddy from BU just started working over at Fidelity and will one day be a CFO of a fortune 500 company. Not so for me. I am fascinated by collaborative consumption and sharing things rather than acquiring them. This is why I support Hubway.

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In support of Net Impact

I just submitted my video submission for a chance to address many business school deans during Net Impact CEO Liz Maw’s keynote address on June 12th.

I was so glad that I came to BU for my MBA/MSIS and wanted to share my experience with Net Impact with others that I jumped on the opportunity to make this video. Even if it isn’t selected to be broadcast, I loved the chance to share. You can check out my video and let me know what you think.

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