According to the site, the intent of Design Can Change is to:
- Bring together the design community to leverage our collective strength
- Establish a set of definitive standards that we can all readily implement
- Showcase the work of designers committed to the environment
- Promote designers and studios who embrace sustainable practices
- Raise awareness of the importance of sustainable-thinking
Beginning with some basic info on climate change and it's causes, the site's real meat is in the Community and Resources sections. Under community you can find info about other designers working with ecological sensitivity in mind. This section promises a full directory of designers and design firms is coming soon. Resources contains info on books, websites and blogs to read, a gallery of sustainable design projects and a tools section.
Perhaps my favourite tool is the Paper Calculator. It let's you select information about the types of paper you are printing on and spits out the environmental cost of using that paper broken down by amount of wood used, energy consumed to make the paper, greenhouse gases emitted, and the amounts of wasterwater and solid waste generated.
If you want more background info on Design Can Change, read this PingMag interview with Eric Karjaluoto from smashLAB.