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Sustainable design is associated with green design. Currently there are many designations of sustainable design including LEED but sustainable design is not sustainable if barriers exist to people with disabilities. Better knowledge of people enhances accessibility and use within the environment, product, or service.
“Human beings don't have a pollution problem; they have a design problem. If humans were to devise products, tools, furniture, homes, factories, and cities more intelligently from the start, they wouldn't even need to think in terms of waste, or contamination, or scarcity. Good design would allow for abundance, endless reuse, and pleasure.” - The Upcycle by authors Michael Braungart and William McDonough, 2013.
"If it is true that the Mind can transform the body, it is equally true that structure can transform the mind." - Walter Gropius founder of the Bauhaus.
The Universal Design Network of Canada is a federally registered non profit organization designed to promote Universal Design through education, research, and displays of best practices and policies. Launched in 2017, UniversalDesign.ca was created to showcase Universal Design best practice and polices in Canada.
Universal Design is a key element of the Sustainable Development Goals as a means of including people with disability. The Principle of Universal Design As A Tool For Leaving No One Behind - Organized by The Swedish Agency for Participation co-sponsored by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.