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Public and Collaborative – Green Camden is a joint initiative from UAL DESIS Lab and the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. In partnership with: London Borough of Camden Sustainability Team.
 
 
The Project
Camden Council has identified 30 Green Zones – local neighbourhoods in London Borough of Camden (including Kings Cross) that are characterised by the presence of community champions and/or community groups that are committed to delivering sustainable change. 
In partnership with Camden Council this project explores opportunities to make it simpler and easier for residents to take green action with the aim of helping Communities to:.
 
reduce carbon emissions
adapt to a changing climate
reduce, reuse and recycle
improve air quality 
improve biodiversity
 
Specifically, the project seeks to facilitate community services delivered by residents and other social actors, which contribute to reducing carbon emissions and improving quality of life in the London Borough of Camden. The project will be ongoing and iterative, involving different student groups and engaging different Green Zone at different times. The first of these iterations runs between February and May 2012. A second iteration will run between March and May 2012. Student engagements will be facilitated by SRVDI staff, working in partnership with staff from Camden Council's Sustainability Team, to ensure continuity and sustainability for project actions and outcomes. In this way staff and students of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, located in Kings Cross, Camden will work with Camden residents and community groups and Camden Council's Sustainability Team to facilitate, and where appropriate co-design and implement new sustainable ways of living and working in Camden. 
 
Over the summer and autumn of 2012, the project team will synthesize and document findings, and work with London Borough of Camden Sustainability Team and community partners to select the most promising ideas, further refine those concepts, and develop preliminary implementation proposals for pilot projects.
 
 
Academic Courses
 
BA Product Design
Staff: David Scothern (Course Director), Carlos Peralta, Dominic Stone working with Adam Thorpe, Lorraine Gamman and Matt Malpass.
Students will work with the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub and course tutors to explore and assess existing community initiatives for sustainable ways of living within Camden Green Zones and facilitate and collaborate with residents to generate concepts that facilitate the success of these initiatives. 
 
MA Creative Practice for the Narrative Environment
Staff: Tricia Austin working with Adam Thorpe, Lorraine Gamman and Matt Malpass.
Students will work with the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub and course tutors to review the proposals from BAPD and to explore and deliver similar work within another of the Camden Green Zones. 
 
Findings
After the completion of the workshops and academic courses, the project team will select and review the most promising service concepts, create more realized visualizations and documentation that describe and support those findings. Facilitate testing and revision of the service concepts. Work with Camden Council Sustainability Team to monitor and evaluate pilot programs.
 
Main Partners
 
 
The Camden Sustainability Team are responsible for implementing major waste and CO2 reduction projects, co-ordinating sustainability initiatives, monitoring against CO2, waste and other environmental targets, and communicating environmental issues to staff and the general public via Green Camden.