Project 2

DOWNLOAD: Project 2 Brief: Sustainability at The New School

PROJECT 2: Promoting Sustainability at the New School

DELIVERABLES: A Green Map, Sustainability Signage, Pitch Presentation

“Climate change is occurring.  It is caused by human activities, and poses significant risks for–and in many cases is already affecting–a broad range of human and natural systems.”

–National Research Council, Advancing the Science of Climate Change (2010)

SUSTAINABILITY SIGNAGE

Develop an informational signage campaign that could be hung strategically around campus to educate and highlight ways that community members can be more environmentally responsible.  These signs would be placed at points of use–sinks, light switches, thermostats–to encourage conservation.

SIGNAGE OBJECTIVE

To increase awareness about specific individual actions that can effectively reduce energy consumption.

  1. Highlighting the individual’s responsibility to make a difference.
  2. Empowering individual’s to make changes.
  3. Working towards creating a sustainable university.
  4. The opportunity to reduce wastage and save money and valuable resources.

SIGNAGE TOPICS AKA “Environmental Issues”

1) LIGHTS

Directive: “Last one out turn the lights out”
Shut off lights when you leave an empty room. Electricity is generated
from fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and oil. Turning off lights
will reduce our carbon footprint and also save the university lots of
money — we spend $3.5 million a year on electricity.

2) WATER BOTTLES

Directive: “Use Reusable Water Bottles”
The sale of bottled water is banned on campus because plastic bottles
are made from petrochemicals and they sit in landfills for ages. Plus
NYC tap water is among the best drinking water in the world. Water
bottle filling stations on campus filter and chill water for your use.
And best of all, it’s free!

3) COFFEE CUPS

Directive: “BYOMug” (Bring Your Own Mug)
Coffee cups make up much of our trash at The New School. These cups go
into landfills and take a long time to break down because of their
plastic lining. A reusable mug keeps coffee hotter longer and saves
you money – The school cafeterias offer discounts when you bring your own mug, which can save you $80 a semester.  Now that’s dollars and sense!

4) RECYCLING

Directive: “Recycle Right”
Recycling is the law in NYC, but most people don’t know how to recycle
properly. Plus recycling correctly helps The New School keep as much
waste as possible out of landfills.  Please be mindful of the posted recycling instructions before you toss it in the bin!

5) BAGS

Directive: “Say No to a Bag”
Bags are more times than not an unnecessary item. Plastic bags are
made from petrochemicals and NYC does not recycle them.  Often these

bags end up in landfills or are dumped into the ocean. Paper bags are

wasteful, too, as they take up space in landfills. Bring your own reusable bag or consider if you need a bag at all.

6) COMPUTERS AND PHONE CHARGERS

Directive: “Power Down”
Screensavers are not energy saving. Setting your computer to “sleep”
or “hibernate” uses 87% less electricity. Or better yet, shut down your
computers and electronics when not in use. Unplug chargers too, which
still draw a small amount of electricity when not attached to a
device.

7) WINDOWS

Directive: “Shut The Windows”
Many of our buildings are very old with old heating and cooling
systems. And opening windows in classrooms and dorm rooms can solve
this problem often but also throws a lot of energy and money…right
out the window!  When you leave a classroom or dorm room, or head out of town before a holiday break, be sure to close the window.

8.) COMPOST

Directive: “Compost Your Organic Garbage”

Don’t just throw it away — return your organic waste where it belongs: the soil!  You’ll reduce the amount of energy used to send this waste to the dump, and fewer compostables in the landfills mean less landfill mass.  Use the compost bins located in cafeterias on campus.

9) WATER FAUCETS

Directive: “Turn off the water”

Water is a finite natural resource and it takes energy to treat it, heat it, and deliver it to your tap.  See a faucet dripping? Turn it off!  That water loss adds up over time.  Protect our freshwater resources by turning off faucets (and taking shorter showers!) before a cup of wasted water becomes an ocean.

10) BATTERIES

Directive: “Don’t Throw Away Batteries, Recycle Them”

Two billion batteries are thrown away each year. They contain hazardous materials that can leak into landfills which contaminate the dirt. Contaminated dirt leads to contaminated plant growth.  Battery Recycling stations are located throughout the school.

11) PRINTER AND COPIER PAPER

Directive: “Do you really need to print that?”

Whenever you’re about to print an email or other document, consider whether or not a hard copy is essential.  Conserve paper, trees, and energy by only printing out what is necessary.  If you do have to print, print double sided and you’ll use 50% less paper!

12) STAIRS

Directive: “Take the Stairs”

Since elevators use electricity, taking the stairs instead can gradually cut back on electricity usage in The New School’s buildings.  Taking the stairs is not only the healthy choice for the environment, but it’s better for your health, too.  And just imagine the time you’ll save by not waiting for them to pick you up…

13) NAPKINS

Directive: “Use fewer Napkins”

During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins — around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.  Don’t forget to throw them in the compost bin!

INSTRUCTIONS AND DELIVERABLES

THINK ABOUT BRANDING

There is currently no consistent signage system in place at the school, and no clear brand identity for “sustainability” at the school.  This is your chance to develop something entirely new that could have a lasting visual impact on campus.

-What colors represent sustainability?

-What colors, fonts, and shapes will catch the community’s eye?

-How do you make it clear that this message is official, and is coming from The New School’s Office for Sustainability?

THINK ABOUT DESIGN

-How do you make a variety of signs and maps with different messages that still look cohesive/related?

-How do you make the signage stand out among all the other signs, plaques, and posters that are plastered all over campus.

THINK ABOUT CONSTRUCTION

-Since the project is about sustainability, how to do you actually create the signage?  Are they printed on paper or plastic?  How big are they?  How are they affixed to the wall?  Are there certain choices that are more sustainable than others?

STEP 1 – PICTOGRAMS

Develop a pictogram system for sustainability at the school.  Ultimately, this system would be applied to all 13+ categories/topics, but you will be selecting 6.

Choose at least 6 categories/topics from the supplied list and develop 6 cohesive, consistent, and recognizable pictograms that represent each category.  The pictograms should be either positive or negative silhouettes, one color, and use NO TEXT.  They should be easy to recognize in or out of context.  Design them in Illustrator.  (You must not rely on “Live trace.”  They must be created or cleaned up by hand in Illustrator.)

STEP 2 – RESEARCH

Choose at least 4 of your 6 issues to focus on.  Using the provided topical factoids as a jumping off point, do some research on your 4 chosen topics to better understand why they are important for sustainability and the environment, and how they impact The New School.  Post your research to your blog, explaining what you’ve learned.

STEP 3 – INFORMATIONAL SIGNAGE

Using your pictograms, factoids, and research, design at least 4 informational signs that could be placed throughout the school to engage and educate the community on sustainability issues.  These signs are intended to educate as well as guide behaviors.

You may use text, quantitative (graphs), or qualitative (diagrams) means to convey your message, as long as the end result is the user following the directive.

How should the signs be produced?  What materials?  What printing technology?

Once signs are done, print them or mock them up and photograph them in action, or use Photoshop to make composites of them to appear as though they are in place.  These photos will be used in your Pitch Presentation.

STEP 4 – MAPPING THE CAMPUS

Create a map of the New School Campus that shows where each of your 6 directives can be practiced.  Which buildings have Composting?  Where can you find Battery Recycling stations?  Where can you take the Stairs instead of an elevator?

What is the best way to convey this information on a map?  Through pictograms, color coding, a table?  Maps must be worked by hand in Illustrator and should at least encompass the Union Square/Greenwich Village campus, if not the entire campus and all of Manhattan!  Don’t forget to include the legend!

STEP 5 – PITCH PRESENTATION

Now that you’ve created your pictogram system, signage, and map, it’s time to sell the Office for Sustainability on your idea.  You are going to create a pitch presentation document that provides an overview of the challenge and your solution.

Document to be 8.5×11, laid out in In Design, and should include:

Page 1:  CHALLENGE

Explanation of the challenge, your research and findings, an overview of your approach

Page 2:  PICTOGRAMS

Introduce your pictogram system (6 pictograms)

Page 3, 4, 5, 6:  SIGNAGE CONCEPTS

Present your informational signage (1 per page x 4)

Page 7, 8:  MOCK UPS

Show the signage in place (photos or composites of 1 location per topic.  4 photos total.  You may place 2 photos per page.)

Page 9:  CAMPUS MAP

Map of campus; include explanation of map, as well as a legend

Page 10: Any additional information, documentation, materials that you would like to include.

This document will be submitted in PDF format to The Office for Sustainability for review.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read about sustainability at The New School:

http://www.newschool.edu/sustainability/Default.aspx

REFERENCE MATERIALS/SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:

DOWNLOAD: Comprehensive New School Campus Map (Map shows all Cafeterias, Dorms, Computing Centers)

LINK: Official New School Campus Map

DOWNLOAD: New School Building Address and Phone Information

DOWNLOAD:  New School Compost Audit Checklist (Includes composting locations on campus)

DOWNLOAD: New School Climate Action Plan (Comprehensive overview of current situation and next steps)

LINK: Sustainability at the New School (The Office for Sustainability’s website)

DOWNLOAD: The New School Color Palette (OPTIONAL – NOT REQUIRED TO USE PALETTE)

The student pitch presentations are complete!

You may download and view them here:

Zabludovsky_Daniela_SignagePresentation

Weselcouch_Helen_SignagePresentation

Singer_Emily_SignagePresentation

Romero_Dominique _SignagePresentation

Phang_Hannah_SignagePresentation

Olsac_Jordanna_SignagePresentation

Lin_Tracey_SignagePresentation

Kenney_Elizabeth_SignagePresentation

Henao_Venronica_SignagePresentation

Frizzell_Angelique_SignagePresentation

Czech_Simone_SignagePresentation

Chen_Ruimou_SignagePresentation

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