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Teaching Sustainable Responsibility through Informal Undergraduate Design Education

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School of Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
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Arts Administration, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY 13214, USA
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Academic Editor: Grigorios L. Kyriakopoulos
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8378; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158378
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 22 July 2021 / Accepted: 23 July 2021 / Published: 27 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Design Education for Sustainability)
Recent reports, initiatives, and activities around higher education institutions revealed the relevance and value of sustainability education through both formal curriculum and informal curriculum activities. While the significance of sustainability education has continuously improved by raising awareness among new generations of students, it has not adequately promoted pro-environmental behaviors or attitude changes. This research study used a linear pretest–posttest experimental approach to understand whether two codesigned interventions; a trash and recycling bin system, and a Materials Exchange program, could improve sustainability literacy and material conservation behaviors across the School of Design. Additionally, a mid-experiment focus group study was conducted to provide text-rich data for analysis of 3R behaviors. Analysis of the data collected revealed that these interventions were reasonably successful in improving responsible material management. To have a greater impact on sustainable behavior, it is suggested that a formal educational experience should supplement the informal interventions described in this paper to onboard students as they enter the design studio culture. Additionally, the expansion of the trash and recycling bin station system into the university dormitories is discussed. This work has successfully catalyzed a collaboration between all School of Design stakeholders to address studio waste in a tangible way. View Full-Text
Keywords: studio waste management; design education; sustainable material reuse; reduction; recycling; 3Rs studio waste management; design education; sustainable material reuse; reduction; recycling; 3Rs
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Manfredi, L.R.; Stokoe, M.; Kelly, R.; Lee, S. Teaching Sustainable Responsibility through Informal Undergraduate Design Education. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158378

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Manfredi LR, Stokoe M, Kelly R, Lee S. Teaching Sustainable Responsibility through Informal Undergraduate Design Education. Sustainability. 2021; 13(15):8378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158378

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Manfredi, Louise R., Meriel Stokoe, Rebecca Kelly, and Seyeon Lee. 2021. "Teaching Sustainable Responsibility through Informal Undergraduate Design Education" Sustainability 13, no. 15: 8378. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158378

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