AIGA, one of the world’s largest professional organization’s for design, last night recognized Ensia with a Judge’s Choice Award in the 2013 (Re)design awards competition. The international competition “recognizes design that challenges us to (re)think the world and our choices” and is based on the philosophy that “through masterful storytelling, compelling visuals, and beautiful design, we have the power to shape the future and ignite change.” Other 2013 award recipients include projects done for Human Rights Campaign, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s National Medical Center, Earthjustice and more. — October 11, 2013
Do you have a solutions-focused environmental story you’d like to share with Ensia’s global community? The new Ensia Mentor Program offers aspiring environmental communicators a chance to contribute by creating an article, video, image gallery, infographic or other work under the guidance of an experienced professional. — August 21, 2013
Ensia has been named a finalist in the 2013 AIGA (Re)Design Awards competition. The awards “celebrate the most influential designs that advocate for strong communities, sustainable environments and thriving economies while challenging us to (re)think the world and our choices..” Winners will be announced October 10. — August 6, 2013
What do conservation biologist M. Sanjayan, supermodel Amber Valletta and Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr. have in common? They’ll all be converging in Austin, Texas, this fall for the third annual SXSW Eco. Once again, Ensia will be in attendance as an official supporter.
What should conference attendees expect? In true Austin fashion, a little bit of everything — with sessions running the gamut from reducing food waste in the U.S. to sustainable travel and future-proofing cities. (Personally, we’re really intrigued by the session titled “Creating an Irresistible Future” — who wouldn’t want that?)
In addition to three days of engaging breakout sessions and panel discussions, SXSW Eco will also feature a public space design competition, film screenings, a Big Data hackathon and the ever-popular Startup Showcase. Last year’s showcase winner — PlanetReuse, an online marketplace facilitating building material reuse nationwide — hit its Series A funding goals less than a month after the victory at SXSW Eco, so you know this is the place to see the technologies of tomorrow before they hit the big time.
SXSW Eco takes place October 7–9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. For discount tickets, enter the code “reg-eco-sec_j49vlsdkjv” on the registration page.
Photo by eschipul (Flickr | Creative Commons) — July 18, 2013
Picked to Click
Communication Arts recently named Ensia the WEBPICK OF THE WEEK and commented, “With its clean, modern and responsive design the site stands out from its peers in the environmental news space.” We’re truly honored by this high praise coming from one of the standard bearers in the visual communications space. — May 3, 2013
Peter Williams at Ensia Live
As 60 million people move into cities each year in developing countries, Peter Williams will show why our planet’s rapid urbanization requires us to think in an entirely new way about design, development and disease. Using stunning visuals and personal stories, Williams will take the audience on a tour of the globe from Nigeria to India, Cameroon to Jamaica — and points in between — as he explores this 21st century challenge in a way that refuses to consider living conditions and human health separately, arguing instead for a systemic approach if we are to truly address these issues unique to our time. Get your tickets today. — March 29, 2013
Ensia Live Tickets on Sale
Ready to be inspired? Buy your tickets now for Ensia Live, featuring futurist Jamais Cascio, sustainability expert Peggy Liu and global architect Peter Williams along with performances by Ribnic Circus, Twin Cities Women’s Choir and artist Gregory Euclide with percussionist S. Carey. — March 8, 2013
We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that the Institute on the Environment’s award-winning Momentum web, print and event platform has received a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to dramatically expand our content and reach. Along with the new growth comes a new name—Ensia—and reaffirmed mission: to connect people who can change the world with the ideas, information and inspiration they need to do so. Big thanks to the Moore Foundation for the funding and vote of confidence! — January 8, 2013
Going for the Gold
Ensia’s predecessor, Momentum, won six awards—including four Golds—in our division at the 2012 Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association ceremony. Top prizes were garnered in the areas of overall design, single topic issue, editor’s letter and technical article. Momentum also received a silver for overall excellence and a bronze for feature design. — January 4, 2013
Big Challenges, Promising Solutions
Where in the world can we find hope for a more sustainable future? Plenty of places, it turns out. In the Fall 2012 Momentum cover story, award-winning environmental journalist Hillary Rosner shines the spotlight on seven promising approaches to solving seven environmental grand challenges, from revitalizing ocean fisheries to shaping more sustainable cities. Also, explore new perspectives on hydropower, updates on an intriguing underground connection between Iceland and Kenya, a window on food waste, futurist Jamais Cascio’s take on jet packs and government, and more. — December 19, 2012