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Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
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Dalhousie University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Tarah Wright
Professor
Environmental Science
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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 Yes
Transportation Yes
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment Yes
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:

Discussed in lecture and part of student's projects. An example of student project is: Climate Change Survey for the Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, NS. The aim of
this study was to identify problems on the campus related to climate change in order to be able to provide solutions and recommendations.


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:

Examination of sustainability features in buildings on campus using student's projects. Example of such projects include greening Dalhousie’s Built Environment, and researching sustainable sites at Dalhousie to achieve LEED certification for existing buildings: Life Sciences Centre


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:

Discussed in lecture and part of student's project. Examples of student projects include The edible campus research project to identify ways of increasing campus sustainability by providing student access to fresh, local food through urban agriculture, and Fair Trade Campus: Identifying Support within the Dalhousie Community


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student' s projects. Examples of student projects: Energy Star in Residences: A Comparison of Energy Star vs. non-Energy Star appliances in three Dalhousie University Student Residences, and University of King’s College Energy Audit: A Study of the School of Journalism Computer Labs


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects. Example of student project: Green Space Project: The Desirability of Exposure to Nature at Dalhousie University


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects. Example of student project: Sustainable Furniture Procurement at Dalhousie University


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects. Example of student projects includes Identifying the Desirability & Feasibiility of a Passenger Ferry Across the Northwest Arm, Dalhousie University Bike Parking Audit, Alternative Vehicle Fleet at Dalhousie University, and Incentives to Winter Cycling


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects. Examples of student projects: Perceived Barriers Impacting Participation of Dalhousie University Residents in Waste Diversion Programs, and Washing Away Waste and Effective Placement and Design of the four-bin waste disposal system in lobby and classroom areas at Dalhousie University


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects. Examples include Assessment of Water Usage and Conservation Concerns on Carleton Campus, Dalhousie University, Water Conservation on Dalhousie’s Studley Campus: An Audit of Dripping Faucets and Assessment of Attitudes Towards Water Waste, and Research into Dalhousie Water Consumption Through Drinking Fountain Usage


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects.


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:

N/A


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects


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:

Part of lecture presentation


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:

Discussed in lectures and part of student's projects. Example include Dalhousie’s Eco-Olympics: Gaining an Understanding to Participation.


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:

Use of art forms and visual effects to promote sustainability on campus. Example of such project is the Art in the Staircase: A Step Toward Sustainability


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

Campus as a Living Laboratory is a hands-on course offered in the Environmental Science program and cross-listed with the College of Sustainability. This course requires students to carry out various projects using Dalhousie as a template. Some of the results of these projects are used to inform decision making around key areas of campus operations.

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