Promoting recycling, reducing and reusing in the School of Design: a step toward improving sustainability literacy

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to explore systematic strategies implemented at the School of Design, X University, to use materials more sustainably and responsibly in the design studios. Design/methodology/approach: Printing and prototype fabrication are a vital facet of design education. These physical products which consume vast quantities of materials are key to evaluating ideas, and for training students to effectively communicate design intent to their professors and future clients. Despite the University’s initiatives for campus-wide sustainability efforts, waste generated from repeated design iteration is still a big problem in studio culture. Findings: This effort between faculty, staff and students has initiated a sustained conversation about the excessive landfill waste generated by projects undertaken. Together, this paper aims to find ways in which the outcomes could be self-sustaining. Originality/value: This research would be beneficial to anyone who plans to raise awareness and understanding of institutional waste management strategies at the university level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Design education
  • Recycling
  • Reduction
  • Studio waste management
  • Sustainable material reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education

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