IIDA Northern California Wins Catalyst Grant

Empowering Climate Action in Interior Design

In a world increasingly aware of the urgent need for environmental action, the interior design industry is stepping up to the challenge. IIDA Northern California Chapter, through its Climate Action Committee, has been at the forefront of this movement. Recently, the chapter secured a significant win—the IIDA Catalyst Grant—based on its compelling submission outlining an innovative project aimed at advancing sustainable design practices and fostering community engagement.

Project Purpose

At the core of the winning submission lies the IIDA Northern California Chapter Climate Action Committee’s vision to amplify its Climate Crawl series impact through the creation of an annual Climate Crawl Zine. This project represents a natural progression from the committee’s previous endeavors, particularly the Climate Crawl Series—a bi-monthly collaborative forum focusing on climate action initiatives and sustainability best practices within interior design.

The Climate Crawl Zine serves as a dynamic platform for sharing insights, strategies, and case studies, nurturing a community of environmentally conscious interior designers. Each edition of the Zine will delve into various facets of climate action in interior design, from building deconstruction to sustainable materials, fostering diverse perspectives and featuring thought-provoking articles, interviews with industry leaders, and exemplary sustainable projects within the chapter.

By intertwining the Climate Crawl series with the annual Zine, the project aims to create a vibrant, accessible, and evolving resource that propels the interior design community towards a greener, more responsible future.

Project Goal

The project sets forth several measurable goals:

  • Raising Awareness: Increasing awareness of climate action within the interior design industry.
  • Knowledge Expansion: Extending the reach of the Climate Crawl series to IIDA members across the chapter and the entire IIDA organization.
  • Educational Platform: Demonstrating IIDA as a platform for meaningful and educational content.
  • Community Expansion: Expanding Climate Crawl Series participation to a minimum of three new City Centers.
  • Advocacy Integration: Linking Climate Action activities with Advocacy efforts, enhancing IIDA’s value to the communities it serves.

In securing the Catalyst Grant, IIDA Northern California Chapter has not only gained financial support but also validation of its commitment to advancing sustainable design practices and fostering community engagement. This project stands as a testament to the chapter’s dedication to driving positive change within the interior design industry.

As the Climate Crawl Zine takes shape, it holds the promise of inspiring and empowering interior designers to embrace sustainable practices, ultimately contributing to a healthier, more resilient planet. Through collaboration, education, and advocacy, IIDA Northern California Chapter continues to lead the charge towards a greener future—one page at a time.