Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Designing For A Better Global Environmental

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building, and construction, and media and entertainment markets, is working with the Natural World Museum to drive awareness of global environmental issues and promote sustainable design.

Autodesk is the title sponsor of the traveling exhibition, Envisioning Change, hosted by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environment Programme, which offers thought-provoking perspectives on the issue of climate change from artists around the world. The relationship demonstrates a collaboration between public and private sector organizations with similar visions to inform and promote innovations that address current and future sustainable design challenges. In addition, Autodesk helped to bring the exhibit to life as the layout was designed using Autodesk software.

The Natural World Museum is a nonprofit organization that presents art through innovative programs to inspire and engage the public in environmental awareness and action. The Envisioning Change exhibition, which follows the theme of this year's United Nations World Environment Day, "Melting Ice - A Hot Topic," brings together 40 artists from 25 countries to address issues confronting our changing environment as reflected in the melting and thawing of ice, snow and permafrost from the Himalayas to Kilimanjaro, from the Andes to the Arctic.

"We're excited to be working with Autodesk to help promote the need for sustainable design on a global scale," said Mia Hanak, Executive Director, Natural World Museum. "As a key sponsor for Envisioning Change, Autodesk's vision for impacting change through design contributes to our goal of inspiring creative sustainable solutions worldwide."

Envisioning Change -- "Melting Ice -- A Hot Topic" will launch at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, during United Nations World Environment Day on June 5, 2007, and remain on display through the end of August. The exhibit will travel to the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium, in October 2007 and to Chicago in spring 2008.

Autodesk is committed to driving awareness and adoption of sustainable design through public and private partnerships, with organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council and Integrated Energy Solutions, and as a major sponsor of a multi-segment public television series on sustainable design. Autodesk also provides technology, education and support for initiatives that inform and promote innovations that address current and future sustainable design challenges.

Autodesk, Inc.'s news provides a best practice in partnering with nonprofit organizations to make the world a better place. Large and small companies often have the most impact where they can match their skills and resources to the needs of a nonprofit organization. In this case, the benefactor is all of us. Well done.

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