has partnered with Net Impact and Steelcase to create the Steelcase Sustainable Design Scholarships — four full scholarships to the 2009 Greener by Design conference. The four lucky winners will receive full conference registration, as well as travel and lodging at the event, scheduled to take place May 19-20, in San Francisco, Calif.

Greener By Design, produced by, is the conference where hundreds of brand managers, business strategist, sustainability officers, marketing directors, product designers, material sourcing experts, and many others go to get the answers, tools, insight, and inspiration to improve their company’s bottom line through product innovation and green design techniques.

With a long history of leadership in sustainable design, Steelcase, the global manufacturer of office furnishings, is looking to identify ways that design, defined broadly as products, services or business ventures, can be used to improve lives. They have funded the scholarships as a means of supporting the next generation of product designers who understand the opportunity to align environmental and social goals with cutting-edge design.

The Steelcase Sustainable Design Scholarships include full conference registration; airfare and two nights lodging at the historic Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Winners will be recognized at the event and may have the opportunity to present their work to conference attendees. Scholarship winners will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of all conference sessions, keynotes, and networking opportunities, and have the ability to meet executives from some of the world’s best-known brands.

The focus of the contest is on the design of products, services, and business ideas that have an environmental and social benefit.

Applicants must submit a brief application form, a personal expression of the how they view the intersection of design and corporate responsibility, up to 500-word description of their design or business idea and any supporting drawings or files, per contest rules, to Applications will be judged by Net Impact, Steelcase, and All applicants must be full-time students and the application deadline is Friday, April 24, 2009. Winners will be notified by May 4, 2009.

Read complete contest rules (PDF)

Submit application form (PDF)

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Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.