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

Seyeon Lee (School of Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA)
Louise R. Manfredi (School of Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 16 June 2021

Issue publication date: 16 August 2021

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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.

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Acknowledgements

This paper forms part of a special section “Sustainability Literacy: Faculty, Staff, and Students as Agents of Change”, guest edited by Ira Feldman and Todd LeVasseur.

Citation

Lee, S. and Manfredi, L.R. (2021), "Promoting recycling, reducing and reusing in the School of Design: a step toward improving sustainability literacy", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 22 No. 5, pp. 1038-1054. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-11-2020-0443

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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