By Alex Caryotakis
It has been a whirlwind quarter for the ART on ART team. Defining the team’s scope and deliverables has been a difficult but exciting process. Even now, we are developing new ideas of how to measure the impact of ART and what a future ART on ART team could do to further our research. Here’s a summary of our work thus far:
We started off by reading through previous teams' final reports. We organized the impacts of all the teams into three categories: environment, economy, and equity. We found that most teams fulfilled the first category and less teams focused on the latter two. More interestingly, we found that for many ART teams, impact is hard to quantify.
That got us thinking. How could we analyze the impacts of eight years of work without relying on hard metrics? Answering this question was a creative experience for the team; we had to design a new ART on ART approach. We shifted our focus to surveying past stakeholders and alumni and getting to the human side of the program. We planned for the purchase of video equipment with which we intend to carry out and record interviews next quarter.
Lastly, we created our own “mini-projects” to examine the effect of ART on specific areas of sustainability. Some campus areas our team will delve into are: Pauley Pavilion, landscaping, the hospital, the dining halls, and the dorms. We intend to incorporate photography into these mini-projects, photo-documenting any evidence of an ART team’s influence on these areas of examination. An example of this involves documenting educational signage in the dorms, as Daniel talked about in last week’s blog post.
All in all, the team is proud to be formative members of what we hope will be an ART subject that continues past our two quarter's work. Check in next week to read about our plans for spring quarter!