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PK352 Foundation in Sustainable Packaging Design
3 cr., 3 lec. hrs.
This course examines sustainability from its beginnings in the modern green movement to the triple bottom line of environmental, economic and social issues. Students study the development of packaging design, and research rapidly-changing sustainability standards and guidelines coming from industry, NGOs, and government.

PK353 Systems Thinking in Sustainable Packaging Design
3 cr., 3 lec. hrs.
This course introduces systemic thinking and builds on industry guidelines and definitions. Students learn to measure a package’s environmental footprint, are introduced to the cradle-to-cradle concept, and learn how to use the prevailing tools in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

PK432 Materials, Technologies and Production in Sustainable Packaging Design
2.5 cr., 2 lec./1 studio hr.
Prerequisite: PK352 and PK353
Students study and assess current and emerging materials from a sustainability perspective, and review the positive and negative properties of plastics, paperboard and other fiber, metal, glass and hybrids. They analyze consumer perceptions of various materials, and study manufacturing technologies, and the evaluation of printing, production and finishing processes.

PK462 Case Studies in Sustainable Packaging Design
2.5 cr., 2 lec./1 studio hr.
Prerequisite: PK432
This course examines the integration of sustainable best practices and how innovation is driven by success and failure in the marketplace. Industry professionals present case studies of complex packaging problems with innovative design solutions, reflecting partnerships between designers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

PK494 Capstone Project in Sustainable Packaging Design
1.5 cr., 3 studio hrs.
Prerequisite: PK432
Complex packaging design challenges are presented as problems to be solved, with real-world objectives and constraints. Students integrate sustainability as a fundamental part of the creative process--from concept to production, distribution to the shelf, and the end-of-life of the package.  

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