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SustainLab RCA

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

In September 2017, in the second year of my masters program at the Royal College of Art, I co-founded SustainLab RCA with fellow Service Design student Anna Laura Schlimm. Since the covert closure of the college’s SustainRCA department earlier in 2017, our intention has been to support and inspire the work of students across all courses at the world-class postgraduate university who are interested in sustainability, and the ethics and responsibility of being a designer in the 21st Century.

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.

Since launching we have grown a core team to create a digital and offline platform for sustainability awareness, learning and collaboration across the college. We host a regular Pecha Kucha night, have organised a foraging expedition in East London, installed an exhibtion (We are the people we have been waiting for), and are in the process of demystifying and innovating the waste and recycling at RCA.