Philip White, IDSA, researches ecological and socially equitable design as Associate Professor of Industrial Design in The Design School and as Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University.

In the process of designing state of the art products at Philips Design (The Netherlands), IID (Tokyo), Ziba and Fiori (Portland, OR), he has won international design recognition (IF, IDEA) and fourteen patents. He holds a BSME from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a student and confidant of Victor Papanek. As chair of the IDSA Ecodesign Section, he initiated the IDSA/ EPA Partnership. He is educational advisor to the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, and directs the Okala project.

He assists companies to conceptualize and develop more environmentally sustainable products as principal at Orb Analysis for Design. He enjoys helping teams understand the environmental implications of their designs, and identifying new paths to superior ecological performance.


Louise St. Pierre is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Emily Carr University, Academic Coordinator of Sustainability Initiatives, coordinator of the Emily Carr DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab, and Academic Fellow for the Partnership for Academic Leadership on Sustainability (PALS). She has also served as Assistant Dean for the faculty Design and Dynamic Media. Prior to this, she was Chair of the Industrial Design Program at the University of Washington, where she pioneered several sustainable design research initiatives.

As a designer with a strong commitment to sustainability St. Pierre has received multiple awards for her work as well as funding for a broad range of collaborative design projects. Her work has been published in ID Magazine, Print Magazine, Innovation, and Communication Arts. She continues to teach and write with a focus on design strategies, human behavior and natural systems in an effort to set the design of our human-made world in alignment with the Earth�s ecosystems.


Steve Belletire, IDSA, is a Professor of Industrial l Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to his 1997 appointment he accrued 26 years of professional design experience in product design. His roles varied from staff designer to VP of product development for large consulting firm in Chicago. Steve has worked with many inter-disciplinary teams on a wide range of consumer, commercial, and industrial products for domestic and global markets. He has helped bring to market over 450 products and holds eleven design patents. His research on ecological design began soon after his teaching appointment at SIUC.

Being a part of the Okala team has helped Steve to reevaluate the design process and forge new approaches in teaching and learning. As a result of this focus, a major portion of Steve�s field research has concentrated on helping product development teams integrate ecodesign principles and tools. These experiences have resulted in an evolution of best practices for design practitioners that are incorporated within this Okala edition.