design courses

For Sustainable and Regenerative Design

We are compiling a list of great courses provided by o2 members, affiliated institutions and wider networks. Please use the [re]connect form to send in good courses you are aware of.


In the future we will launch the o2 Academy, dedicated to education and training for the future needs of sustainable and regenerative design. Contact us to get involved.

course list

Capra Course- A Systems View of Life

This course will give you the conceptual tools to understand the nature of our systemic problems and to recognize the systemic solutions that are being developed by individuals and organizations around the world.

Sustainability workshop

Products can have lower environmental impacts by cleverly using less energy and materials. Learn or teach sustainability in product design & engineering.

Free videos, tutorials and case studies will help you design for energy efficiency, use greener materials or simulate your project's performance using tools like Autodesk Fusion 360TM, Inventor® and other Simulation tools.

LeNS - Learning Network on Sustainability international

LeNSin, the International Learning Network of networks on Sustainability (2015-2018), is an EU-supported (ERASMUS+) project involving 36 universities from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Central America, aiming at the promotion of a new generation of designers (and design educators) capable to effectively contribute to the transition towards a sustainable society for all.

MCAD Sustainable Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Online course - Master of Arts in Sustainable Design

Schumacher College: Ecological Design Thinking

This programme offers a dynamic new way of engaging with the challenging situations we face socially, economically and environmentally.

We show you how to use ecological design thinking to unravel complex situations in the work-place, in your community or within organisations. You will learn the practical skills and knowledge to show you how to achieve co-created solutions, which engage everyone and foster resilience in individuals and communities.

GEDS Gaia Education, Design for Sustainability & Regeneration

Gaia Education’s online programme, Design for Sustainability & Regeneration, provides participants with whole-systems design skills, analytical abilities and practical tools to support the redesign of the human presence on Earth, one local community and bioregion at a time.

tools for design and sustainability

This site is for you: designers, inventors, and startup founders who are curious about your options and are seeking practical advice for taking action. The following tools allow you to jump into whichever topic you like. Each topic has ‘content’ for you to read or watch, ‘exercises’ for you to apply what you have learned, and ‘examples’ for you to reference.

source Library [beta]

We are hunting and gathering publications, resources and tools from around the globe. The intent is to build an open source library of great resources available to all. ​

Please send your library additions in the [re]connect form!

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o2 Open Library [beta]

Green Recovery Post-Covid19

How circular design can help us in times of crisis The circular economy can support COVID-19 response and build resilience Covid-19 and the circular economy: opportunities and reflections The Covid-19 recovery requires a resilient circular economy What has the covid-19 pandemic unearthed about the labour market and the circular economy? Opportunities for a circular economy post COVID-19 Is Circular Economy immune to coronavirus?

Systems Thinking

Unlocking the Power of Systems Thinking CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy Activity 3: Rethinking the System Tools for System Thinkers: Designing Circular Systems Tools for Systems Thinkers: Systems Mapping

What is the Circular Economy?

The Circular Economy in Detail (EMF) Understanding Circular Flows Explainer: what is the circular economy? Circular Economy Introductory Kit Circular Economies as a Roadmap for the Future Closing the Loop (Full Film 1:33:00) National Geographic: The Circular Economy (starts at 00:26:00) Words and Terms in a Circular Economy - EMF What a sustainable circular economy would look like Exploring the circular economy 7 Key Elements of the Circular Economy

Agriculture / Food Systems

Food, Cities And The Circular Economy (EMF) Transition towards Circular Economy in the Food System Waste No Food: Circular Food Systems The role of farm animals in a circular food system Sustainable Food Systems Transitions Circular agriculture: A vision for sustainability Our food system is no longer fit for the 21st century. Here are three ways to fix it


Biomimicry - lessons from nature The Future of Design is Biomimicry Biomimicry in Action (video) Biomimetic design: 10 examples of nature inspiring technology Biomimicry in Design- Takeaways for a designer Biomimicry: Designing To Model Nature