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SustainLab RCA

Students leading sustainability learning + collaboration at the Royal College of Art

In September 2017 I co-founded SustainLab RCA with fellow Service Design students at the Royal College of Art in London. Since the closure of the college’s SustainRCA department in 2017, our intention has been to support and inspire the work of students across all courses at the world-class postgraduate university who have an interest in sustainability.

Looking to the future we recognise the need to embed a sustainability mindset in the next generation of artists and designers, and we believe in the power of now.

This article by George Monbiot resonates with the motivation behind the founding of SustainLab; we consider that it could be our adopted manifesto for the RCA rebels with a cause.

Over the last six months we have hosted regular Pecha Kucha Nights, taken students on a foraging expedition in East London, and are in the process of demystifying the waste and recycling at RCA soon to culminate in a WasteHack challenge inviting systemic innovations from the student body.