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Liaison Dan Wakelee
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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California State University, Channel Islands
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Dan Wakelee
Assistant Provost
Academic Affairs
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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 No
Transportation Yes
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No
Public Engagement Yes
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:

Recent senior capstone projects conducted on the CI campus that informed campus planning include:
The Effects of Climate on Local Plant - Pollinator Interactions
Effects weather conditions in Camarillo, California have on ground level ozone concentrations

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

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:

Professor and students examine energy loss through older vs newer windows in classrooms and are working to compute an energy and total dollar value lost per year. They are taking the approach to inform staff and students to keep windows closed. Also they are prioritizing the buildings that are in need of window improvement.


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:

Students initiated composting effort to divert food and coffee grounds from landfills. With the assistance of Facilities Services, yard waste from campus is provided to students to create an active learning opportunity.


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:

Light switches are installed in bathrooms to encourage students and staff to turn off lights when not in use.


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:

The University has begun a wetland restoration on Long Grade Creek that adjoins the main campus. Four acres of riparian habitat have been restored through student efforts.


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:

Students are currently installing solar powered chargers at our isolated bus stop. This allows students to charge their cell phones while they wait for the bus which they hope will encourage increased ridership.


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:

Students initiated and funded installation of Hydration Stations across the campus. Ongoing monitoring quantifies the impact of the project in reducing the use and disposal of plastic water bottles on the campus.
In addition, two groups of Art students completed senior capstone projects using posters and social media to promote use of hydration stations and encourage student recycling behaviors.

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

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:

Students have explored the efficiency of pollution filters in areas of particular concern. This resulted in the introduction of new storm-water filter systems and the reduction of non-point scarce pollution loads coming off of campus lands.
Another faculty/student project involved monitoring ground moisture in campus landscaping. This project led to changes in irrigation practices.

Additional senior capstone projects conducted on the campus or which informed campus water practices include:
Analysis and Parallels between Australian and California Water Conservation
Monitoring Recovery of Duleya Verity Following the May 2013 Springs Fire and Continuing Drought
Stream Channel Efficiency of Long Grade Creek, Santa Monica Mountains, California
111 years of Change in CSUCI’s Long Grade Creek
Assessing and Mitigating Surface Water Runoff From the California State University Channel Islands Campus: Stage Two
Evaluating Groundwater Pollution Potential Using DRASTIC Method and Assessing the Correlation to Water Quality Measurements for Southern Ventura County, California

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

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:

Students changed campus policies to permit skateboarding on campus. Encouragement of students biking and skateboarding to and from campus has positive effects to students.


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:

Students and Faculty have created a variety of new curriculum for various grades tied to state science standards. Water-related,hydrology and pollution training are are offered to local middle schools mentored by CSUCI undergraduates. A senior capstone project on "Social Media's Influence on Student Engagement in Residence Halls at CSU Channel Islands" provided information on how to better engage the campus community.

+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

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:

Students use a NOAA- funded Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program to support the designing and building of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) for monitoring for local water quality.


The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
http://www.csuci.edu/rsp/student-research-conference/2015/poster-abstracts-v1.pdf
+ Date Revised: June 26, 2015

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