SustainLab was founded in September 2017 by several frustrated eco-conscious service design students. The initiative intends to replace the college's defunct sustainability department, SustainRCA, which was quietly shut down in 2016. Our intention was to support and inspire the work of fellow students and create a much-needed place for sustainability at the world's highest ranking postgraduate art & design university.
SustainLab hosts talks, events and workshops at the RCA, as well as running trips and building connections with a diverse pool of artists, designers, organisations and businesses that are at the forefront of imagining a sustainable future.
After graduating, the running of SustainLab was passed on to newer students in various programs in the school of design so that it might live on and continue to make noise about the lack of proper attention given to sustainability at the university.