Thanks for taking the time to help us understand how to make the Library of Creative Sustainability as useful as possible. Depending on how familiar you are with the Library already, you may want to take some time to explore the interface and the content of some of the articles before you take a look at the questions. The survey itself should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. 

Reading everything in the Library would take a while, so there’s a summary of the content below to help give you an overview. If you have any questions or issues, please contact lewis.coenen-rowe@creativecarbonscotland.com.  

About the Library 

The Library of Creative Sustainability is a digital resource for individuals and organisations working to address environmental sustainability and climate change, demonstrating the benefits of collaborating with embedded artists and using cultural approaches to address complex issues. 

The Library presents detailed case studies highlighting the range of skills, expertise and practices that embedded artists have contributed to bringing about positive change as part of broader projects or organisations, addressing social, environmental, economic and cultural sustainability. 

The Library of Creative Sustainability aims to: 
  • Provide a practical resource for organisations working in research, advocacy, governance, business and elsewhere to understand how to effectively work with embedded artists. 
  • Showcase inspiring and innovative examples that show the potential of working with artists to achieve sustainability aims.
  • Demonstrate to commissioners and funders the types of outcomes and likely costs that can result from integrating artistic roles into sustainability projects.
Each article includes detailed information on partners and stakeholders, sustainability outcomes and funding, as well as tips and links to further resources.
Summary of Library Content

Velocommunities Embedded Artist Project As part of Glasgow-based Bike for Good’s Velocommunities project, two artists worked with users of their facilities to produce films about cycling and climate change.
Cuningar Loop As part of the development of neglected land near Rutherglen into a woodland park, two artists worked with local community members to ensure that plans for the park reflected their needs.
Peat Cultures An artist worked within a peat restoration project in Dumfries and Galloway to engage residents and build understanding of the importance of peat bogs and how to protect them.
The Blackwood of Rannoch: Future Forest A collaboration between Forestry and Land Scotland and two artists on the cultural importance of the Blackwood of Rannoch and potential frictions between access to and conservation of nature.
Maintenance Art An artist worked as New York Sanitation Department Artist in Residence, raising their profile and drawing connections between personal, civic, and environmental maintenance.
Recycled Artist in Residence A US-based artist in residence scheme that gives artists the opportunity to work using the resources and materials of a waste recycling company.
City as Living Laboratory A US-based artist-led organisation that engages residents on sustainability issues within an urban context through creative interventions in parallel with infrastructure planning.
Natural Resource Defense Council Artist in Residence An artist in residence scheme with this US-based organisation, involving the artist in decision making and policy as well as communications and engagement.
Dundee Urban Orchard An artist-led project working with residents to set up urban orchards, providing training and development opportunities, creative outlets, and green space.
SLOW Clean-UP Civic Experiments A US-based artist-led project working with residents to restore sites previously occupied by petrol stations providing opportunities for education and carbon sequestration.
Invisible-5 A collaboration between artists and not for profit organisations creating audio guides documenting environmental justice issues surrounding a stretch of Californian highway.
Glenrothes Town Artist Glenrothes Planning Department employed a town artist for ten years who built an understanding of the town's residents into planning decisions and produced works of public art.
The Stove Network A Dumfries-based, arts-led organisation that works on engaging local people in imagining and creating change and contributing to the regeneration of the area.
HighWaterLine An artist-led project drawing a line on the New York cityscape demonstrating sea level rise to develop community dialogue on climate change and the impact of flooding.
WATERSHED+ A long-term project embedding artists in the Calgary City Utilities and Environmental Protection Department, using artistic interventions to engage citizens in valuing water.
Sutton Tidal Attenuation Barrier and Falkenham Salt Marsh Tidal Management Scheme An artist worked within a project setting up defences to prevent wetland erosion, carrying out research and understanding the needs of stakeholders. 

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* 1. Which of the categorisation systems offered by the Library are most useful? Please rank in order of preference.

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* 2. Which issues would you like to see more of in the case studies featured in the Library? Tick all that apply.

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* 3. Which types of partner organisation would you like to see featured more heavily in the Library? Tick all that apply.

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* 4. What supporting materials would be useful to add to the Library? Tick all that apply.

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* 5. What do you think about the size of the projects covered by the case studies? Are you able to find case studies that feel appropriate to what you might be able to do?

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* 6. What do you think about the time scale of the case studies?

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* 7. Do the articles provide all the information that you feel you need in order to understand how the collaboration was organised?

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* 8. How useful are artist instigated projects (ie projects planned and set up by the artist rather than by the organisation they collaborate with) in this resource?

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* 9. How would you rate your current interest in collaboration between organisations and creatives as a means of achieving sustainability goals?

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* 10. How would you rate the ability of the Library to make you more prepared to consider this kind of work?

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* 11. And what one thing would most improve this?

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* 12. If you have any recommendations for topics or projects that could usefully feature in future case studies, please let us know here, providing a link to further information if possible.

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* 13. We’re looking for more places to publicise the Library through articles, guest blogs and features with other organisations that have a relevant audience. If you have any recommendations for useful places to publicise the Library, please let us know here, providing a link if possible.

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* 14. If you have any further thoughts about the Library then please let us know here.

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