Chapters in Section Three feature perspectives that focus on sustaining spaces. Discussions in this section include best practices for engaging multiple stakeholders in sustainable space-design practices, purchasing technology, training and supporting usage of technology within spaces, considerations for disposing of and recycling outdated and broken technology, and, ultimately, examining the ways spaces are reducing their carbon footprints through reduced energy consumption, paper recycling, and water conservation.
Section Three highlights the intersection of sustainable space design and sustainable practices. The authors approach these concepts from different perspectives, advancing our understandings of sustainable practices in space design and our considerations for how programs might revisit these practices as they look toward the future.
Kimberly M. Cuny, Kathy Crowe, and Sara Littlejohn, in “The Digital Media Commons and the Digital Literacy Center Collaborate: The Growing Pains of Creating a Sustainable, Flexible Learning Space,” explore the opportunities and challenges of redeveloping a collaborative and flexible space for students to compose digital artifacts.
In “Sustainable Commons: Bringing Multimodal Composition and Digital Media Production to the (Physical) Center of Pacific University,” Alfred Weiss and Marita Kunkel discuss the renovation of the library space that will become the Media Commons at their university, a collaborative effort among multiple stakeholders.
Offering a look to the future, Kristi and Shawn Apostel explore sustainability through the lens of eWaste in “Designing Our Future: Sustaining Space and Encountering eWaste.” This chapter analyzes practices for environmental responsibility in the design (and redesign) of technologically sophisticated spaces.