What will I learn?


Seeing and Capturing Carbon Emissions

What does a ton of CO₂ feel like?

How might we redesign carbon offsets?

Come explore these questions and practice human centered design on a slippery, high impact problem ripe for design thinking.

In this 2 day Pop-out, we’ll move through a complete design cycle, touching on all eight of the design abilities, but we’ll especially hone the abilities:

  • Moving between abstract and concrete

  • Synthesizing information

  • Communicating deliberately

We’ll start by seeing invisible carbon emissions as salient as discarded Amazon boxes and used plastic forks. Then, taking the d.school as a case study, we’ll explore where emissions are coming from. On day 2, we use behavioral psychology frameworks to explore how to reduce emissions without making people wrong, and finally, re-design carbon offsets using emerging negative emissions technology like direct air capture and bio-energy with carbon capture and storage.

If you care about climate change and want to do something about it, this Pop-out is for you. We can accommodate experienced design thinkers as well as people trying it out for the first time, and we’re looking a variety of backgrounds.

Learn With

Teaching Team

Kevin Hsu
Assistant Director, Center for Liveable Cities

Melissa Miranda
Designer in Residence, d.school


Any questions?


Contact Kevin (khsu@stanford.edu) or Melissa (melmiranda@gmail.com).


  • Winter 2019

  • No Credit

  • Dates - February 2-3

  • Location: d.school


Apply by Friday, November 30th.


Open to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows and Post-Docs, Community Members, Other