PDMA Pittsburgh: Sustainable Design Event
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When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Where: Chatham University— Eden Hall Campus
6035 Ridge Road
Gibsonia, PA  15044
United States
Contact: Andi Durkota

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Beyond Environmentally Friendly Materials - Understanding and Incorporating Sustainability into Product Development

On May 1st, PDMA Pittsburgh will host an informative panel discussion about sustainability as it relates to product development. Innovation experts from Chatham University, Covestro, International Living Future Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh will lead an engaging conversation on what sustainability means and how it can be employed in product development to benefit the business, environment, and society.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that creating sustainable products is as much about the development process as it is about the product.
  • Discern the responsibility and obligation of product innovators as it relates to the environment, society, and economics impacted by their creations.
  • Recognize how to balance the freedom to innovate with the regulatory requirements.
  • Distinguish who is best equipped to manage sustainability (government? company?)

The event will be held at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus and will include a tour of some of the unique facilities such as the Solar High Tunnel and the Field Labs.


  1. Currie Crookston, MBA, Head of Innovation Management, Covestro
  2. Benson Gabler, MBA, Director, Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, International Living Future Institute
  3. Tom Macagno, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Business, Chatham University
  4. Shannon Isovitsch Parks, PE, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


5:30PM to 6PM Registration Opens/Networking
6PM to 7:15PM Panel Discussion
7:15PM to 7:45PM Tour

Registration Fees

Members: $25
Non-Members: $40
Students: $10

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