本文介绍了一种产品设计和开发过程情况下的教学设计环境（ DFE ）的方法。该教学方法已应用在麻省理工研究生工程，商业，和设计院专业的学生之间。我们的方法包括逐步的DFE过程并采用了最新的“Herman Miller椅子”作为一个案例研究来说明该过程的成功应用。该DFE过程步骤是基于我们有关赫曼米勒(Herman Miller)研究和某些已发表的调查DFE整合到产品开发中的研究。我们已经发现，赫曼米勒(Herman Miller)案例研究激发了学生学习该能使过程基于设计和其他一些业务功能而实现可持续性的DFE过程。此外， 该教学方法包括了一个通过将产品生命周期与自然生命周期相联系从而形成一个闭回路系统的生命周期思考的扩展方法。
The paper presents an approach to teaching design for environment (DFE) in the context of a product design and development course. The teaching method has been applied in classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate engineering, business, and design students. Our approach includes a step-by-step DFE process and utilizes a recent Herman Miller chair as a case study to illustrate successful application of the process. The DFE process steps are based on our research at Herman Miller and on several published studies that investigated the integration of DFE into product development. We have found that the Herman Miller case study motivates students to learn a DFE process that enables progress towards sustainability based on design and several other business functions. Furthermore, the teaching method includes an extended approach to life cycle thinking by relating the product life cycle to the natural life cycle in order to from a closed-loop system.