Tania Lewis, Yolande Strengers and Andrew Glover
A part of the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP), RMIT, January 2015 – December 2017
This project aims to understand staff and students’ broader lifestyles as part of a work-life ecology, occurring a cross a range of spaces, both physical and virtual. Of particular focus is the relatedness of these practices to the consumption of energy and water resources, and the opportunities for integrating sustainability into these in a holistic way. In this respect, the research recognizes that RMIT is embedded into a range of socio-technical systems that extend beyond it’s own ‘carbon footprint’. This requires novel and innovative ways of understanding how resource use straddles the boundaries of RMIT as a social institution, digital hub ,and urban space.
The project will identify and describe a range of everyday practices that are amenable to being investigated in this way, and attempt to identify potential avenues for shifting these practices to less resource intensive configurations. Such practices include:
Heating and cooling: the ways in which staff and students achieve comfort within selected buildings.
Eating and drinking: the ways in which staff and students use RMIT buildings to store, prepare and consume food and beverages.
Working/ studying: the ways in which RMIT staff and students use buildings to conduct their day-to-day working activities, such as printing documents, preparing documents, and communicating with staff and students.
Travelling to/ from work: the ways in which RMIT staff and students travel to/ from work and the facilities they draw upon within buildings (e.g. showers, bike storage).
Meetings (on campus): the ways in which staff and students meet on campus, including the locations in which meetings take place (cafes, offices, meeting rooms etc.) and the ways in which these practices are mediated by buildings.
Meetings (off campus): the ways in which staff and students meet with external colleagues and partners, including by phone, plane or other forms of transport.