Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2014

Carbon Vault
Lindsey Kim

Every corporation runs on electricity and ship cargo through reliable transportation, but no matter how “eco-friendly” companies claim to be, carbon emissions do not seem to be decreasing. The Carbon Credit system today allows one corporation to sell another one their carbon emission credits. A carbon credit represents the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide (or another greenhouse gas) into the environment. But who owns the credits and where does the money go? Sometimes it seems like the idea of companies going “eco-friendly” is as sketchy as donating $10 to an organization to save the world: At the end of the day, you have no idea where the money goes. We know that carbon emission is driven in large part by consumerism. The demand for goods is so great that corporations can rely on cheap, fast, and dirty production methods without worrying about paying an environmental price. The possibility of having to rethink production methods and replace dirty machinery and methods with cleaner ones presents a nightmare for this form of economy. How can we begin to think about the role of design in this complex system of inter-relationships? Carbon Vault is a system that will provide funds to corporations for better production lines to help reduce carbon emissions, clean the environment, and prevent future global emissions and disasters caused by Global Warming. The Carbon Vault system will be supported by a percentage of the profit from products sold by corporations that are members. The funds will be held by Carbon Vault until the corporate members need access to make investments into begin to make changes to their current production and transportation methods towards cleaner methods. The design project shown here is the first phase of the public campaign to raise awareness of the carbon emissions problem as well as the solutions that Carbon Vault may provide in retooling for a cleaner system of production in the future.

Sarah Alfulaij

Michael Anderson

Darwin Andrango

Leonardo Araujo

Atif Azam

Kyle Barber

Rachel Bernstein

Jillian Black

Matthew Boblet

Mallory Brennan

Joel Califa

Rosaurora Cardenas

Flora Chan

Hanna Chang

Julie Hanna Chea

Abby Wanyu Chen

Justin Cheung

Sherylene Chew

YunHee Choi

Mehr Chopra

Lu Chuang

YooMin Chun

Key Peum Chung

Haesoo Chung

Tyler Cohen

Vernicia Colon

Samantha Cooper

Gabriela d'Amato

Roderic David

Ambar Del Moral

Taryn Dooley

Anthony Duong

Patricia Encarnaciòn

Evelee Estevez

Virginia Leigh Farrell

Kean Ferin

Adam Fernandez

Enrique Ferreyros

Férvido Frías

Jane Gardner

Stephanie Gonzalez

Danielle Gorodenzik

Omar Greene

Gabrielle Guglielmelli

Elda Hadajian

Joy Han

Emma Hanson

Julio Hernandez

Jacob Hernandez

Chris Hong

Ann Yung Chu Hsieh

Xinle Jill Huang

Thanh Cong Huynh

Anthony Iciano

Wesley Johnson

Polina Kadkina

Byoungok Kim

Gena Kim

Lindsey Kim

Lucia Ji Won Kim

Tiffany Kim

Hyo Taek Kim

Esther Kim

Ga Hyun Kim

Jane Kim

Jae Young Kim

Daniella Krihely

Andrea Latimer

Seulbi Lee

Jina Lee

Yongmin Lee

JiYun Lee

Julie Lee

Jae Yong Lee

Iris Li

Joanne Chai Wen Lim

Octavio Llano

Rebecca Low

Andrea Fiorella Martinez

Odile Martínez-Santamari

Gerald Morin

Nadine Muhtadi

Phuong Nguyen

Brandon Nicolas

Seema Nisar

Grant Noel

Neal Oh

Solgil Oh

Valentina Pherson

Elli Pohl

Cody Pumper

Regina Puno

Shem Rajoon

Fabian Rastorfer

Bryan Ribeiro

Konstantinos Riginos

Sarah Rim

YoungHee Ryu

Sylvia Saborio

Joamir Salcedo

Camille Sacha Salvador

Emilio Sanchez

Katherine Santos

Joely Saravia

Amber Rose Seppi

Pauline Shin

Jennifer Shin

Anjana Singhwi

Renee Sluzhevsky

Meghan Smart

Noelle Smith

Chrystal Soegandhi

Wannina Somboonvechakarn

Albert Son

Suho Song

Charmaine Kwan Tung Sum

Natasha Sumant

Aija Suuta

Rachal Tai

Lisa Thieffry

Natashia Tjandra

Natasha Villarraga

Robert Vinluan

Francisco Vivar

Simone Wagner

Robert Waluszko

Kathleen Wang

Ashley Wayne

Boyun Yang

Kanny Yeung

Taylor Zanke

Frankie Zek

Sharon Zhang

Jody Zhou

Tiffany Zhu

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