Jessica Hartwig Scores Bronze in Zero-Waste Education Center Design Competition!

We are thrilled to announce that Interior Designer Jessica Hartwig, LEED Green Associate, won third place in the 2024 Zero-Waste Education Center (ZWEC) Design Competition held by AIA Detroit Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Green Living Science. The contest aimed “to imagine what a community-focused Zero Waste Education Center could look like through an open invitation design competition.” Green Living Science hopes to establish the ZWEC close to Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University at 5984 Lincoln Street, and this was the site used for the competition.

Jessica’s design focused on demonstrating advancements in recycling and sustainable material technology, such as 3D printed pendant light fixtures made with reclaimed ocean plastic and fused recycled glass, which is fully recyclable at the end of its lifecycle. She also paid close attention to creating spaces that double as a teaching tools, including a learning stair where students of all ages can look down to see recyclable items and look up to view what materials they became after transformation.

Jessica was recognized on June 25, 2024, at the Green Circle Meetup which brings multiple organizations together for “A More Sustainable Detroit.” We could not be more inspired by Jessica’s creativity, sustainability mindset, and personal commitment to life.long.learning!

A Master of Architecture graduate from Parsons School of Design – The New School, Jessica’s passion for sustainability led her to achieve LEED Green Associate certification the following year in 2016. In addition to her career as an Associate / Interior Designer with TMP, Jessica mentors middle-school-aged students in Detroit Public Schools interested in design and architecture.