Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.16
Liaison Ellie Perry
Submission Date June 30, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Dominguez Hills
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Ellie Perry
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement:

The Digital Media course (COMMS 110) performed a video documentary research project in fall semester to cover the Office of Sustainability and the different sustainability projects on campus in order to engage the campus in sustainability efforts.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Public Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Public Engagement:

Multiple professors support student research on the local community in terms of accessibility to sustainable food, services, resources, etc. These ongoing research projects are apparent from what is presented at Student Research Day.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Air & Climate?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Air & Climate:

IDS 101 and IDS 201 are actively engaged in regenerative agriculture studies and projects at the Campus Urban Farm to use crop growing activities to reduce greenhouse gas impacts.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Buildings?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Buildings:

In 2019, UNV and IDS classes conducted campus lighting audits with the Sustainability Club to determine retrofit opportunities for lighting on campus.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Energy?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Energy:

Chemistry 102 and Sports Management integrate an energy efficiency 101 lesson taught by the campus energy manager at least once a semester, and also include a tour of the campus Central Plant which supplies 90% of the HVAC on campus. Students learn about energy in the context of use on campus, and are assigned homework and activities based on this experience.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Food & Dining?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Food & Dining:

Interdisciplinary Studies professor Jenney Hall supports student research in addressing food insecurity issues among students on campus. This includes projects related to supporting the on-campus farm, food distribution, and food surveys evaluating access and preferences amongst the student population.

KIN 235 also visits the Farm once a semester to study the connection between food and health. They also collaborated with Campus Dining in Fall 2019 as a part of general food systems.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Grounds?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Grounds:

Biology professor Brynne Bryan supports multiple research projects related to evaluating the quality of reclaimed water on campus and its impacts on landscape, and also co-runs the Biology greenhouse which supports native plant propogation and study (also supported by Biology professor Kathryn Theiss).

IDS professor Jenney Hall and Biology professor Kathryn Theiss regularly supports student research projects in the Dominguez Hills Wetland Area on campus as well as the Heritage Creek bioswale at the end of Parking Lot 7 and the Campus Urban Farm.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Purchasing?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Purchasing:

As part of the Environmental Science master's internship requirement, a student developed a Sustainability Procurement 101 training in spring 2020 to help CSUDH students practice more sustainable purchasing habits while on campus.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


IIs the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Transportation:

As part of the Environmental Science master's internship requirement, a student developed a Sustainable Transit 101 training in spring 2020 to help CSUDH students understand their alternative transportation options while on campus.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Waste:

Two student interns from the Office of Sustainability from Public Policy and Earth Sciences conducted formal student research on recycling trends, and presented their results at Student Research Day. (https://www.csudh.edu/gsr/research/student-research-day/)

They also helped facilitate an Earth Sciences class to conduct waste audit research during Fall 2019.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Water:

Under the Office of Sustainability, a student is conducting a GIS mapping project to map hydrozones of planted areas on campus and determine more efficient watering schedules for Grounds.

This supplements a 2018-19 campus-wide survey conducted by students (presented at 2019's Student Research Day) to measure gpf and gpm of all indoor fixtures on campus and identify retrofit opportunities.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning:

Volunteer for-credit interns are invited to, and expected to attend and participate in the formal Sustainability Committee meetings that occur once per semester. They receive formal learning pre/post tests and objectives as a part of their volunteer internship.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability:

Multiple student research projects focus on Diversity & Affordability from multiple hosting departments. See the most recent Student Research Day agenda to see the full list of projects.

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance:

The Entrepreneurial Institute and CSUDH Enactus Team offers students start-up and small business development support, and encourages them to pursue a variety of projects. Many have a focus on sustainable development and social solutions, and their programs have supported over 400 past and present student members with hundreds of student designed social entrepreneurship projects (https://enactus.org/).

California State University (CSU) policies support overarching success, access, and basic needs by system wide initiatives and programs that empower students with an inclusive, affordable, high quality education. As part of the 2014 CSU Sustainability Policy, the CSU focused on integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum without compromising core values and goals. As a result of these efforts, the Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program was set as an initiative towards faculty and facilities operations to create or redesign courses that incorporate specific sustainability or environmental challenges while supporting the CSU commitment to higher education and workforce development.

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work:

There are many student research projects related to health and psychology which use the campus as a living laboratory. Some recent examples included analyses of the effectiveness of on-campus programs and their services. (Examples available from Student Research Day program).

The CALL initiative set an ambitious goal of addressing sustainability goals while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to solve a real-world campus problem. Faculty present or redesign a course to incorporate student learning and activities that respond to that particular campus’s challenge. At the same time, the CSU wants to keep closing the achievement gap for students through academics that better prepare them for their careers by having or creating unique experiences that translate into the world through active and experiential learning. The CALL initiative has resulted in substantial work (e.g. class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers) by students and/or faculty utilizing infrastructure and operations for multi disciplinary learning and/or applied research that has contributed to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in various areas.


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