Models and the use of virtual reality (VR) techniques have the potential to contribute to sustainability, both directly by making certain processes sustainable and indirectly by encouraging people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles by building models. ARR/VR technologies can be used by geographically dispersed teams to reduce the need for travel and reduce their carbon footprint. In the design and manufacturing sector, the introduction of real-time photorealistic rendering capabilities combined with VR technologies can help to reduce the number of physical prototypes needed in the visual design process, thereby reducing material waste.

VR in combination with augmented reality can help us to connect with people on a visual level, thereby emphasising the importance of sustainable living. Outreach material based on these technologies can be used to inform people about the global impacts of climate change through interactive storytelling in ways that are more engaging and persuasive than standard approaches.

The use of new techniques use the power of VR to raise awareness of environmental issues.