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GOOD Design Sarasota: Three Ideas for Conserving and Celebrating Water

Back in February, I headed to the Ringling College of Art & Design to launch our second GOOD Design program at a school, GOOD Design Sarasota...


Back in February, I headed to the Ringling College of Art & Design to launch our second GOOD Design program at a school, GOOD Design Sarasota (you can read more about previous GOOD Design events here). Working closely with Ringling instructors Tim Rumage and Colleen Eddy, and adviser Mary Craig, the students spent eight weeks grappling with one of the biggest issues confronting any city today: Water. I recently traveled back to Sarasota, Florida to watch the students' final presentations, which were enthusiastically attended by local municipal and environmental leaders. I'm happy to report back on their excellent ideas here.

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Sarita Guillory, Sarah McCauley, Zachary Farrell, Alex Shear, Alexandra Gesar, Benjamin Kowalski, Catherine Pellegrino
When approaching the issue of water, there are dozens of issues quite literally surrounding Sarasota. But in their research, the students latched onto one interesting insight: The city's water plan—a strategy for supplying water for residents from the local watershed—ended in 2030, meaning after this date, the city had no long-term solution in place for providing water. The students in one group decided that they needed to use that date as a kind of deadline: They chose to communicate to local residents that time—and water—was running out.

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