Rob Fleming, director of the M.S. in Sustainable Design program, won Green Philly Blog’s Sustainability Mentor Award at the annual SustainPHL awards Aug. 3. The honor recognizes a person who has broadened the reach of sustainability education to students and throughout the community.
“Working on behalf of the sustainability movement for the last 20 years has been a truly rewarding experience,” he said. “The sustainability community in Philadelphia is really special with lots of great people, so it’s satisfying to be recognized. And at the University, I have the freedom and support to work as a mentor, helping others to contribute their efforts to the cause.”
Fleming, an architect and early leader in sustainable design and education, was named the Salaman Family Chair for Sustainable Design in 2014. He co-founded the sustainable design graduate program in 2007 as one of the first such programs in the country.
His first book, “Design Education for a Sustainable Future,” provides the integral frameworks, whole system change methodologies and intrinsic values to assist professors and their students in an authentic and effective pursuit of sustainable design education. He’s currently co-authoring two new textbooks on sustainable design.
In 2000, Fleming co-founded with Chris Pastore, professor of transdisciplinary studies, the Engineering and Design Institute at the University, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and community outreach.