Scott Boylston, SCAD design for sustainability professor

Scott Boylston

  • B.S., art education, SUNY New Paltz
  • M.S., visual communication, Pratt Institute

"I find inspiration in those moments when students are struck by a sudden ability within themselves to glimpse into the complexities of life and find some new understanding. Such moments can be earth-shaking."

Scott Boylston | Design for sustainability professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership; Nomination Committee Member for Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards; Selection Committee for the Gulfstream Navigator Award; AIGA Cause/Affect, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, New Voice Fiction Award, Nantucket Writing Award in Fiction, Pushcart Prize nomination, Sandstone Prize in Fiction finalist


DESIS / Design for Sustainability and Social Innovation, U.S. Green Building Council (former Georgia state board member); Chatham Environmental Forum; Emergent Structures (president and co-founder); AIGA; Healthy Savannah

Previous Positions

Author, "Designing Sustainable Packaging;" Facilitator for Designer's Accord Global Summit on Sustainability and Education; President and Co-founder, Emergent Structures; Invited Contributor to Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Innovation; Co-author of the Design for Sustainability masters degree at SCAD; Eco-entrepreneur and owner of SeaBob SurfWear; Founder and Chair of Design Ethos: Vision Reconsidered, a bi-annual conference on design, sustainability and social innovation; Co-author of the Center for Collaborative Learning Toolkit for Interdisciplinary Teaching at SCAD; Founding member of the Eco-Practices and Sustainability Council at SCAD

Publications and presentations

  • "Designing Sustainable Packaging," Laurence King LTD
  • "Creative Solutions for Unusual Projects," HOW Design Books
  • The RIT Hale Ethics Series, Lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Design Victoria's Sustainable Packaging Seminar, Keynote Address, Melbourne, Australia
  • The W.M. Keck Initiative on Leadership Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum, Keynote Address, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond
  • Young Creators for Better Life and Better City Conference, Presenter, Shanghai, China
  • EcoEdge2: The Urgent Design Challenge in Building Sustainable Cities Conference, Presenter, Melbourne, Australia
  • The Third International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Presenter, Chennai, India
  • Insight & Inquiry: Distinguished Voices Lecture Series, Lecturer, University of North Florida