Scott Boylston, SCAD design for sustainability professor

Scott Boylston

Design for sustainability professor


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


Scott has more than a decade of art direction experience in the cosmetic package design industry, working with companies such as Estée Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Opium and others. He has a 25-year career in social entrepreneurship, including founding companies in sustainable surf apparel and innovative material repurposing. Boylston is principal in a design and consulting firm and author of two design books, one book of poetry and numerous essays in publications, such as “Communication Arts,” “Sustainable Brands,” “Core 77” and “Design Observer.” He is also a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.

Awards, recognitions and honors

  • Buckminster Fuller Institute Catalyst
  • 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
  • Nomination Committee Member for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards
  • Selection Committee for the Gulfstream Navigator Award
  • Savannah Community Star


  • Governing Council for the National Academy of Environmental Design
  • State Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council — Georgia
  • Cofounder and president of Emergent Structures
  • Founding board member of Accelerate Savannah
  • Advisory Board, Winterhouse Institute
  • Member of Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability
  • Member of AIGA
  • Chatham Environmental Forum
  • Healthy Savannah

Publications and Presentations

  • "Designing Sustainable Packaging," Laurence King LTD
  • "Creative Solutions for Unusual Projects," HOW Design Books
  • Keynote speaker at Design Victoria's Sustainable Packaging Seminar, Melbourne, Australia
  • Keynote speaker at the W.M. Keck Initiative on Leadership Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond
  • Keynote speaker at the International Reclaim + Remake Symposium, Washington, D.C.
  • TEDx Talk on Sustainable Innovation
  • Featured Social Entrepreneur at the Global Engagement Forum, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker at the Hale Ethics Series, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Speaker at the Young Creators for Better City and Better Life Conference, Shanghai, China
  • Presenter at The Third International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Chennai, India
  • Lecturer at Inquiry & Insight: Distinguished Voices Lecture Series, University of North Florida