Using the Resources at Hand: Sustainable Exhibition Design Guide Now Available!

Every step of exhibition design, from the initial organization to the deinstallation, can benefit from a lower carbon footprint.
Using the Resources at Hand is a guide designed primarily to help students think about eco-friendly options in designing exhibitions. Skills learned here can also be used elsewhere and can help to make the cultural sector as a whole more sustainable. The booklet offers tips for low-carbon design, outlines resources in Southwestern Ontario (with a focus on London), and includes information on borrowing and sharing resources and materials so that we can reduce and reuse at Western University.

If you’re interested in the guide, but not located in Ontario, Using the Resources at Hand is open-source and can be adapted and used by anyone hoping to share information about ecologically-friendly exhibition design. Email us at for the source files – we’re happy to share! 

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