Sustainability is the biggest global challenge we face today because it means rethinking everything we do.
From our day-to-day behaviour in the buildings and spaces we occupy to our teaching, learning and research, Central Saint Martins recognises the necessity of the challenge and engages with the creative opportunity it offers.
Art, design and performance can reframe problems to break down barriers and introduce unexpected and positive solutions. By leveraging this power and recognising unsustainable practices in the industries and professions we are involved with, we seek to equip our graduates with the knowledge and confidence to collaborate in transforming attitudes and outcomes in their chosen fields.
As a community, the College is particularly good at making connections and seeing things laterally, and so our approach to sustainability is one that understands the balances and interactions of the environmental, social and economic aspects of the term. Through CSM Public we look outwards and apply the transformative creativity of our staff and students to societal issues and work in collaboration with a range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations.
Sustainability at Central Saint Martins is work in progress as we continually evolve our creative practices to conceive and construct more sustainable futures. It’s there in our annual Green Week showcase, our probing debates, our use of new materials, our development of product ecosystems and new business models, and our commitment to community empowerment, raising awareness and activism. See below for a sample of CSM projects, initiatives, enquiries and collaborations.