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Jeremy Faludi is an assistant professor of Design for Sustainability at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His research focuses on sustainable design methods and metrics, as well as sustainable additive manufacturing.

In sustainable design methods and metrics, he created Whole System Mapping and in 2004 designed the Biomimicry Institute’s first online database (now A bicycle he helped design appeared in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum's 2007 exhibit "Design for the Other 90%”. He also researches and develops tools for health hazard assessment, product reparability assessment, improving LCA software user interface and data visualization, how to teach sustainable design, and co-creating methods with companies to integrate sustainable design into their standard product development practices.

In green 3D printing, Jeremy wrote the OECD’s recommendations for green 3D printing policy, and the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association's first white paper; he has published the most comprehensive life cycle assessments in the additive manufacturing industry. He also studies 3D printing for repair, and replacing high-energy print processes with ambient temperature extrusion of upcycled bio-composite pastes.

Academic Background
Originally trained as a physicist, he paid for a year of design school by helping improve the passive hydraulic vibration damping system of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory. He worked as a sustainable designer in industry for fifteen years before returning to academia. Before TU Delft, he taught green product design at Stanford, Dartmouth, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

He has contributed to six books on sustainable design, including Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century. He has authored or co-authored several online courses, including VentureWell’s Tools for Design and Sustainability, Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute’s training for certification, and the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop. In 2012, he created, which used 11 billion datapoints of satellite imagery to provide nature scores for any address in the US. While in the green building industry, he contributed to the design and specification of ten buildings.

Research interests

Sustainable design methods; sustainable design strategy; whole system mapping; life cycle assessment (LCA); biomimicry; repairability scores; toxicity hazard assessment; sustainable additive manufacturing (green 3D printing)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 7 Jan 2017

ME, Product Design, Stanford University

Award Date: 7 Jan 2003

BA, Physics, Reed College

Award Date: 7 Jan 1995


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Sustainable design methods
  • Sustainable Additive Manufacturing
  • Green 3D printing
  • Green design tools
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Toxicity hazard assessment
  • Systems thinking


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