Green Festival Speakers

Dawn Danby


Dawn Danby has spent the last decade exploring the intersection of design, sustainability and business. An industrial designer by training, she's a synthesist who has acted as a crossdisciplinary designer, strategist, art director, producer and artist. She currently manages Autodesk's Sustainable Design Program, integrating sustainable thinking into the digital tools used by 9 million designers and engineers worldwide.

Recently named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Dawn holds a design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (2000) and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (2007). She apprenticed in green building and policy with the FiskVittori team at CMPBS and in furniture design with Macek Furniture. She collaborated with international artist Noel Harding on Windsor, Ontario's Green Corridor initiative, where she designed a $3.5M treecovered pedestrian bridge on the U.S.Canada border. She has consulted on closedloop manufacturing strategies for a leading outdoor footwear manufacturer, and helped establish a public art master plan for a major American airport.

Dawn has been a contributor to WorldChanging.com since its launch and coauthored WorldChanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century. She speaks regularly at events such as TEDGlobal 2005 (Oxford UK), Doors of Perception (Delhi), Subtle Technologies (Toronto), and the Women's Global Forum (Deauville, Fr).

While focused on local food systems, her team was awarded a fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and was recognized by Metropolis magazine's NEXT Generation design competition.

A Canadian in San Francisco, Dawn is an artist and singer with a secret identity as a medical illustrator for numerous books and journals specializing in women's health.