In Stanford’s Social Innovation Review John Cary reflects on the Social Economic Environmental Design - SEED - Network following a recent founders’ meeting at Harvard to plan for the program’s future. Now 8 years old, SEED remains a slow-growing, grassroots initiative administered by Bryan Bell (LF 2011) and his nonprofit Design Corps. Kimberly Dowdell, who conceived of SEED while interning in the Office of the Chief Architect of the General Services Administration, calls it, "a LEED program for cultural considerations.”
Cary argues that SEED should partner with the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED to leverage USGBC’s vast network and resources. He suggests a different training model, a combination of online learning and on-the-ground teamwork to make it more affordable and practical for practitioners from many different fields.
Cary sees a continued need for the program and much reason to be optimistic. He writes, "it’s a step toward creating more dignifying design that’s socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.”
Rendering of Firm Foundation, Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, Indonesia, a SEED Award winner, courtesy of SEED Network.