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No More Plastic Bags Recap

Negligence is described as doing the same thing over and over
even though you know it is dangerous, stupid, or wrong.
Now that we know, it’s time for a change. Negligence starts tomorrow.
“Cradle to Cradle” by William McDonough & Michael Braungart


December’s #NoMorePlasticBags student temporary art exhibit brought 1,020 bags to American River College. It took 8 hours and nearly 50 people to put up.

To put those numbers into perspective, here in the US, we go through 60,000 plastic bags per second and of those, only 1-2% of them are recycled. This item is made to last about 15 minutes and yet takes 500 years to decompose. The goal of this installation was to make you think about those numbers the next time you are at the grocery store and you watch the bagger put your 6 items into 8 bags and to consider alternatives. The entire life cycle of a product needs to be factored into it’s cost. Bottom line, please consider using reusable bags when doing your shopping.

Art New Media Professor Jiayi Young’s Fall class project was to give a jump start to our Sustainability @ARC website. They came up with posters; redesigned this site to have a better flow; and the #NoMorePlasticBags event as a way to bring a large scale art project to launch it all off with. One major addition worth watching is the new Student Corner where we’ll be incorporating information from the student ECOS Club & Student Sustainability Committee as well as whatever they have to say…a centralized place for their voice.

We asked that people passing by take photos and share them with the hashtag NoMorePlasticBags so that we could find them after it was all over. The gallery below is comprised of some of what turned up. I’ve posted all of them to the Sustainability at ARC Facebook photo gallery, so follow that link if you’d like to see them in their entirety.

All in all it was a very solid day. A great big thank you to the students, staff & faculty involved in this event, some of whom are shown below.

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Wishing Bags: A Temporary Art Project on ARC Campus

ARC Sustainability, ArtNewMedia 331 class and ArtNewMedia 410 class have collaboratively created a temporary public art project to promote the concept of “sustainability” on American River College campus.  American River College faculty member, Jiayi Young’s Artnm 410 class, has been working with Don Reid of ARC Sustainability to redesign green.arc.losrios.edu web site and downloadable posters to promote more green efforts to take place on campus. With this public art project, we are hoping to:

  • Announce the new green.arc.losios.edu web site
  • Get more faculty and staff to participate in the ARC Acorn Games for greener offices
  • Increase awareness of green practice in our daily lives

Artwork Design & Installation Process
The artwork will utilize thousands of used white grocery bags. The bags will be strung together in rows between the trees like lanterns. Since the bags are very light, they will naturally take in wind/breeze, quietly swing in the air. The overall installation will resemble “Wish Flags” which embodies rich tradition cross-culturally. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate by bringing and hanging their own bags on the day of installation.

The design and installation of the artwork will be managed and guided by Don Reid, Jiayi Young and Dolores White (Art Dept IA), and created by a group of Jiayi Young’s students on Friday December 14, 2012.

Site Description
The artwork will be installed in the large lawn area between the Fine & Applied Arts Theatre and the Administration buildings.

Experiment and photos by Stacy Bernstein, student from artnm410