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Campus as a Living Laboratory: The Built Environment

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

This book chapter focuses on Florida Gulf Coast University using its campus as a living lab to teach sustainability to students and the way that this type of learning affects ...


Improving Laboratory Water and Energy Efficiency at Tufts University

  • Tufts University (MA)

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Departments at Tufts University installed a small autoclave (a laboratory sanitation machine) to reduce energy and water consumption in our ...


Smart practices in HEIs and the contribution to the SDGs: implementation in Brazilian university

  • University of Passo Fundo

Smart campuses can be seen as the future of higher education efforts, especially for their contributions to sustainability and to encourage innovation. This paper aims to present the benefits of ...


Landscapes as living laboratories for sustainable campus planning and stewardship: A scoping review of approaches and practices

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

Living laboratories are increasingly employed to support campus sustainability and student learning. This research explored how living labs are defined in relation to the biophysical landscape, how they are integrated ...


CFR 7/22 Higher Education Webinar: Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation

  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)

V.S. “Raghu” Raghavan, director of sustainability and associate director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College, discusses actions campuses can take toward greater sustainability ...

  • Posted May 2, 2022
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Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability Funding

  • Syracuse University (NY)

The Syracuse University Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) program is offering up to $75,000 for faculty or student projects that advance the University’s goals of reducing ...


Campuses as Living . . . Archives: Using Campus Histories to Explore Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Are you working at an institution struggling to effectively respond to and support student-led-protests for social justice and equity? You may have an unexplored treasure trove of useful and inspirational ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Bridge Builders: Sustainability Staff as Mission-Tied Project Developers

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

How do you go about developing a sustainability initiative that hits on all four cylinders, university operations, academics, research and community impact? This session will provide a methodology, tools and ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Equipping Students with Data for Change - Chestnut Living Lab Study

  • Ithaca College (NY)

In 2018, Ithaca College's Office of Energy Management & Sustainability received funding from the Office of the President to design a research project focused on equipping students with the ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Duquesne University's Sustainable MBA: Keeping our Facilities & our Students Ahead of the Pack

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • AUROS Group (PA)

To stay at the top in their field, Duquesne University's thought leaders are embracing technology to inform and advise their choices on building renovations and upgrades. Duquesne University is ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Goats, bees, and native species: A 'living' lab stream restoration experience

  • University of Richmond (VA)

The Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor revitalized 13 acres of campus at the University of Richmond. What began as a plan to upgrade a trail, turned into the creation of a vibrant ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Leveraging Different Constituencies to Extend the Campus as a Living Lab Concept

  • Connecticut College (CT)

Involving students in hands on sustainability projects on campus can drive both student learning and increased campus sustainability. However, limitations in student's schedules, availability of staff to work with ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Research, Innovation and Student Engagement: University Field Stations as Sustainability Praxis

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Field stations are rich venues for engagement and investigations of natural science and social science connections to the environment. Universities of all types have a history of using field stations ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Campus as a Living Lab Curriculum: Lessons from a Diversity of Institutional Types

  • Michael Roy Iversen, Urban and Campus Sustainability Consultancy (IL)

The 'campus as a living lab' approach blends academic curriculum and campus facilities management, so as to both benefit students with experiential, real-world learning, and institutions with a purposeful means ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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A Living Lab Approach to Saving The Farm

  • Butler University (IN)

The Farm at Butler University has existed for 10 years without dedicated administrative funding. With no immediate funding support from the University planned, the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Engaged Learning in the Landscape

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)

Land grant institutions have historically used the campus landscape as a classroom and laboratory for teaching, research and outreach on agricultural topics. Contemporary challenges urged us to expand this model ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Building Your Campus Energy Workforce: Opportunities for Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are exploding with interest from students while colleges and universities across the country are working to rapidly deploy both solutions. How can these interests be ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Building Energy Quotient, A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability and Engagement in Universities

  • ASHRAE (OR)
  • Hanson Professional Services (FL)

The ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) program empowers facility owners to understand their building's energy performance in comparison to facilities of the same type in the same climate ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Let's Be Real: An Honest Conversation on Student Engagement Programs

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • University of Denver (CO)

Co-curricular and extra-curricular student engagement stands as a primary focus of sustainability work in higher education. Furthermore, institutions are continuing to grow and explore various delivery models for applied learning ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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University Annual Fund - Campus as a Living Lab Designation

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

The University Annual Fund is comprised of private philanthropic support/donations from individuals and organizations. Each year, 25% of this fund is designated for Campus as a Living Lab projects ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2021
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The George Mason University Arboretum

  • George Mason University (VA)

The George Mason University Arboretum cultivates curiosity, education, and well-being through stewardship of its trees, gardens, and other natural spaces. It was established in 2015, earned ArbNet Level II accreditation ...


Archiving the Campus as Living Laboratory : Preserving a long memory for transformative change

  • University of Utah (UT)

This is part of the Campus as Lab webinar series. To see the full series visit our YouTube Channel.

Sustainable change on campus is often driven by student-led projects, project-oriented ...

  • Posted July 26, 2021
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Campus as Lab Webinar Series - 2021-5-14 - Archiving Campus Sustainability Efforts

  • University of Utah (UT)

This Campus as Lab webinar focuses on the University of Utah's efforts to create a campus wide hyper-local archive for sustainability knowledge that is available to all campus and ...

  • Posted July 14, 2021
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Climate Action Plan Sustainability Ambassador Course

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) ambassador course was piloted in the spring 2021 semester as an opportunity for students to have a direct role in assessing and recommending building-level ...


University Students Harvesting the Benefits of a Garden Laboratory

  • Mount Saint Vincent University (NS)

Community gardens (CG) are areas of land where individuals or groups grow food in single or shared plots, typically in an urban setting, providing fresh produce, urban greening, and opportunities ...


Campuses as living labs for sustainability problem-solving: trends, triumphs, and traps

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Colleges and universities around the world are increasingly using their campuses as living laboratories for sustainability problem-solving and engagement. “Campus-as-lab” (CAL) projects emphasize experiential learning and campus sustainability through the ...


Leveraging sport as a venue and vehicle for transformative sustainability learning

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Given greater awareness of environmental issues and the acceleration of climate change, universities are increasingly requiring undergraduate students to complete coursework in environmental issues. Research has shown that environmental courses ...


SFU's Living Lab

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

SFU's Living Lab is an approach that facilitates sustainability-themed research at SFU by creating structured collaborations between staff, faculty and graduate students to achieve University commitments and strategic priorities ...

  • Posted April 30, 2021
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Ecological Restoration on BCIT Burnaby Campus

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

The ecological restoration of Parking Lot O on the BCIT Burnaby campus is well under way. What was a gravel parking lot is being transformed into a landscaped natural area ...

  • Posted April 30, 2021
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Identifying and addressing reverse salients in infrastructural change. The case of a small zero emission campus in Southern Norway

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the relevance and use of the concept “reverse salient” in ambitious infrastructural change. Thomas Hughes, in his seminal study of socio-technical ...

  • Posted April 22, 2021
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Student-led sustainability transformations: employing realist evaluation to open the black box of learning in a Challenge Lab curriculum

  • Chalmers University of Technology

While sustainability-oriented education is increasingly placing importance on engaging students in inter- and transdisciplinary learning processes with societal actors and authentic challenges in the centre, little research attends to how ...

  • Posted April 21, 2021
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Transdisciplinary sustainability research in real-world labs: success factors and methods for change

  • ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research (Darmstadt)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • TELEINTERNETCAFE
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Universität Ulm
  • University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • Concordia University (QC)
  • Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer
  • Wuppertal Institut
  • Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart
  • Hochschule Heilbronn
  • Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

The transdisciplinary research mode has gained prominence in the research on and for sustainability transformations. Yet, solution-oriented research addressing complex sustainability problems has become complex itself, with new transdisciplinary research ...

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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Evaluation and Lessons Learned from a Campus as a Living Lab Program to Promote Sustainable Practices

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • University of Victoria (BC)
  • Yaşar University

Any group that creates challenging goals also requires a strategy to achieve them and a process to review and improve this strategy over time. The University of British Columbia (UBC ...

  • Posted April 8, 2021
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Campuses as living labs for integrated sustainability research, education, and practice

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)

Campuses as living labs for integrated sustainability research, education, and practice

Ximing Cai, Morgan White#, Evan Delucia, Madhu Khanna Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and ...

  • Posted March 15, 2021
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Smart and learning campus as living lab to foster education for sustainable development: an experience with air quality monitoring

  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Universidade federal de Santa Maria

Higher education institutions are widely known both for their promotion to education for sustainable development (ESD) and for their contribution as living labs to urban management strategies. As for strategies ...


Business Schools as Living Labs: Advancing Sustainability in Management Education

  • Duquesne University (PA)

The buildings in which we teach management and decision analysis are ideal labs for advancing sustainability in management education, experiential learning, and integrated performance measurement. Utilizing building-based learning and design ...


College of Lake County Living Lab Trail

  • College of Lake County (IL)

Visitors to the College of Lake County are welcomed with a sign that introduces them to the Living Lab Trail on campus.


University living learning labs: An integrative and transformative approach

  • La Trobe University (Victoria)
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • International Islamic University Malaysia

Having the global movement of the University’s third mission of co-creation for sustainability, the living lab has mentioned as one of innovative and transformative approach for university response to ...


Office of Sustainability Living Lab Case Study

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

The Gonzaga University Office of Sustainability is the living lab for testing renewable energy technologies on Gonzaga’s campus. The purpose of this student initiative is to push for renewable ...


Universities as the engine of transformational sustainability toward delivering the sustainable development goals: “Living labs” for sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)

Universities can do more to deliver against the sustainable development goals (SDGs), working with faculty, staff and students, as well as their wider stakeholder community and alumni body. They play ...


Improving Health in the Built Environment Through a Class-Based Approach to Chemicals of Concern

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Center for Environmental Health

This panel introduces purchasers (and manufacturers) to the targeted chemical class-based approach to help provide clarity grounded in science about how to avoid the most common chemicals of concern in ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Harvard's Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund: Bringing Students, Faculty, and Staff Together

  • Harvard University (MA)

In 2016, Harvard University enhanced its Living Lab Initiative by launching the Campus Sustainability Innovation Fund. This fund supports projects that use Harvard's campus or the neighboring community as ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Creating Living Laboratories Through Campus Ecological Restoration

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)

At Eastern Washington University we are currently working to restore 120 acres of campus farmland back to native habitat with the goal to preserve natural landscapes, sequester carbon, promote sustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Harvard University's Holistic Approach and Model for a Sustainable Food System

  • Harvard University (MA)

The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) convened a multi-disciplinary committee of world-renowned faculty to translate their research into action on campus to create a more sustainable food system that contributes ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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An In-House Energy Dashboard: Challenges and Achievements from Oregon State University

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Digital energy dashboards have proven to be a convenient tool for energy data management, analysis and reporting. Dashboard software can be leveraged to not only support campus operations, but also ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Incorporating Stakeholder Values: Assessing Renewable Energy Options at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

To determine options for renewable energy development and procurement, the Campus Sustainability Office at Portland State University (PSU) turned to it's Living Lab program to engage students in this ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Experiential Learning Lab: Coproduction Through Campus Staff/Faculty/Community Partnerships

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Challenges in implementing and sustaining on- and off-campus experiential learning projects continue to deter staff, faculty and community partners from engaging in them. Persistent challenges include: student schedules and time ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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"Living Labs" that Integrate Sustainability Education, Community Engagement & Workforce Development

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

A growing number of sustainability-related internships, practicum and fellowship opportunities are available, and increasingly, such programs are also working explicitly to integrate with community sustainability efforts, becoming network hubs and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Campus as Lab - Networking Session

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Campus as Lab Networking Session will provide an opportunity for both new and experienced campus as lab practitioners and researchers to meet, network and share best practices.

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Design Your Own Ecovillage: Playing the Ecovillage Game to Explore Sustainability

  • State University of New York at Potsdam (NY)

Ecovillages are living laboratories of sustainability and they can be found all over the world. They are intentional or traditional communities 'using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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