Cumulus GREEN 2020 is an international student competition open to all art, design and media disciplines. Cumulus GREEN 2020: For A New Circular Economy calls for projects that focus on SDG 12 for responsible consumption and production.
The competition recognizes that we have an unprecedented global resource challenge that necessitates the creative contributions of the design community to build a circular economy and meet the targets of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The competition is administered by the Cumulus Secretariat with oversight by the Cumulus Board.
Cumulus GREEN 2020 counts with an international jury from academia and practice with experts in design, cultural diplomacy, sustainability and the circular economy. An online exhibition in 2020 and a postponed award ceremony in conjunction with the Cumulus Conference Roma 2020: DesignCulture(s) at Sapienza University of Rome, June 2021, will celebrate the student winners of the competition.
Cumulus GREEN & The Kyoto Design Declaration
The Kyoto Design Declaration is a shared statement of commitment to building sustainable, human-centered and creative societies ratified by all Cumulus members in 2008. Cumulus GREEN was conceived as a student design competition first launched in 2009 that promotes the vision of the Kyoto Design Declaration.
Cumulus GREEN 2020 builds on the enduring legacy of the Kyoto Design Declaration and continues to embody the spirit of global citizenship of Cumulus members. The competition highlights the talent, creativity and diversity of all Cumulus students.
Dear Cumulus Community,
How might we address the interdependent challenges presented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Ensuring responsible consumption and production patterns, SDG 12, is the focus of one of the 17 goals adopted by the United Nations Sustainable Agenda. The topic of SDG 12 is also closely linked to the concept of a circular economy. A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design.
With Cumulus GREEN 2020: For a New Circular Economy, we are mobilizing our students to propose innovative solutions that capture what intentional change by design can do when it comes to building a circular economy and a transformative vision for a better world. Along with our Cumulus Executive Board and Secretariat, I look forward to shining the spotlight on the talent, diversity and creativity of our students through this international competition that builds on the mission for global partnership and social values of our network.
Thank you for your participation and support!
Mariana Amatullo, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Strategic Initiatives, The New School
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Cumulus GREEN 2020 is aligned with the implementation agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The 17 SDGs are broad based and interdependent goals to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs redefine how the global community can work together to tackle poverty and improve living standards, while protecting the environment.