Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Black Hills State University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.40 / 4.00 Dan Asunskis
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry
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Is the institution utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in the following areas?:
Yes or No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
Water ---
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---
Public Engagement ---
Other Yes

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Air & Climate and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The campus's greenhouse gas report is used to educate students about the effects that campus activity has on the climate. Students aid with the data collection and calculations for the greenhouse gas report. Participation in the carbon footprint report allows for students to be more conscious of their impact as individuals.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Buildings and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The student union is a LEED certified building which has a sustainability tour, which is commonly used in classes as a living lab. Tours are able to see the various points that make up the building certification and this is used in the coursework.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Dining Services/Food and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Dining turns produce grown in our campus vegetable garden into meals for students in the Hive Dining hall. We utilize the farm to fork produce for an education Brown Bag lunch series during the summer.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Energy and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The university has faculty engaged in solar energy research that use the several renewable energy devices (solar cells, wind turbine) on campus in student discussions and experiments. On campus student fabricate and measure solar cell activity and have received grants for funding in this area.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Grounds and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

BHSU science professors Dr. Ben VanEe and Dr. Dan Asunskus worked with their students to develop a native plant ethnobotanical garden on campus located on the southwest corner of the Life Sciences Laboratory. The plants grown there are native to the region and use less water and require less care than the green grass elsewhere on campus. Students continue to maintain the garden and utilize it in their coursework.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Purchasing and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Transportation and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Waste and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Water and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Coordination, Planning & Governance and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Diversity & Affordability and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Health, Wellbeing & Work and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Investment and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Public Engagement and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory in Other areas and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

BHSU GIS classes use the campus for practical applications for their course work. After Storm Atlas in October 2013, GIS students created tree damage inventories for a class project.


The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:

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