Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.37
Liaison Calandra Lake
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

College of William & Mary
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.60 / 4.00 Calandra Waters Lake
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Air & Climate?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Air & Climate:

The yearly greenhouse gas audit for the W&M campus is completed by two students for an independent research credit under the supervision of a professor. This report includes suggestions for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Buildings?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Buildings:

A funded research project applied anti-bird strike films to the windows of Swem Library that are known for bird collisions. Studies were conducted prior to the film being applied and are being conducted now that the film has been installed to determine its impact and possibilities for expansion to other bird-strike prone areas on campus.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Energy?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Energy:

Projects include multiple independent research projects into solar possibilities for the campus and a funded vending miser study to determine the costs and benefits of equipment that regulate the energy use of vending machines.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Food & Dining?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Food & Dining:

Our dining services department has partnered with a local farm so that students, faculty, and staff may work on specific rows of the farm and the produce is weighed and used at our dining facilities. The students learn about sustainable agriculture from the farm owners, share knowledge about the local produce with other students, and randomly sample waste through weigh-the-waste days.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Grounds?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Grounds:

A professor has 4 plots in the Campus Garden that are used by his class to learn and practice sustainable agriculture and a student led permaculture garden was attempted with the intent of it becoming a learning garden. Multiple projects also take place in the College Woods, forest abutting the campus that includes a diversity of flora, fauna and Lake Matoaka.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Purchasing?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Purchasing:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Transportation:

The Bike Alliance, a group of faculty, students, and staff, has conducted multiple transportation surveys, utilizing many students, to inform decisions about needed bike racks and fix-it stations as well as traffic density, all leading towards a more bike friendly campus. Students and this research are integral in exploration into varying bike-shares and the long-term plan for bike related transportation at the campus and in the community.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Waste:

A current project has a student studying the impact of recycling container location (classroom/hallway/both) in academic and lab buildings to help inform standards at the campus. Students collect and manage waste data for the yearly RecycleMania competition which is also used to help inform larger decisions about diversion on campus. Students also conducted research, wrote proposals, and received funding for recycling containers and compost bins on the campus.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Water:

Projects have been funded to study the effectiveness of certain runoff reducing methods on stormwater (mats, bioswales) and the subsequent impact on some of the bodies of water on campus.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Coordination & Planning:

An independent research project is underway to gather information on best practices when constructing and implementing an eco-representative program. This includes exploration into similar programs on campus and suggestions for partnerships and implementation.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Investment & Finance:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Public Engagement?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Public Engagement:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Wellbeing & Work:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to other areas (e.g. arts & culture or technology)?:
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A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to other areas:
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