Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.32
Liaison Ken Lindeman
Submission Date April 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Institute of Technology
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.60 / 4.00 Ken Lindeman
Professor, Sustainability Studies
Ocean Engineering & Marine Sciences
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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:

Many students or student teams do their formal senior research course projects on campus. by definition, these projects engage many corners of the campus community as they require engagement with diverse campus offices, students groups and other staff or faculty to complete. Specific examples of these occur in part in the sections below. Campus-wide engagement on the processing and final results of these projects is also accomplished by placement of select student campus SUS research posters during the large Northrop Grumman Showcase event and within common areas of the first floor of Evans library for months each year, and by educating students, faculty and staff during in separate events during campus Earth Week.


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:

In the last three years, many students have done their formal senior research course projects in the community. Many of these projects have focused on planning, writing, and implementing first-ever city sustainability plans. These plans have been very successfully completed and implemented in the City of Satellite Beach and the Town of Melbourne Beach. We are now completing these plans for the cities of Pam Bay and Cocoa.


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:

A first-ever GHG emissions inventory of all FIT campus operations developed by a student project team for 2018. They engaged many offices around campus. This project was presented as a research poster at the Northrop Grumman Science Showcase. This work also helped catalyze additional GHG inventory work for 2019 that will be ongoing


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:

For their sustainability capstone projects, students from diverse majors in the Sustainability minor and the Sustainability major have worked with many campus staff to research LEED certification of campus buildings. In recent years, several student teams have completed senior research reports and business plans on alternatives for LEED certification of several campus buildings.


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:

For their sustainability capstone projects, students from the Sustainability minor and the Sustainability major have worked on solar energy design and cost estimates for campus buildings with resulting posters in the large Northrop Grumman Showcase event which engages many hundreds of campus and community members.


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:

In the last three years, two student teams have done their formal senior research course projects working with Dining Services staff on improving and measuring SUS dining practices on campus. These projects have helped redesign the campus grocery to have more organic and green products and to also initiate the first SUS data measurement efforts for the main dining facilities on campus.


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:

Several students have done year to year composting projects for applied sustainability classes that involved both vermiform and tumbler-based compost production. research into scaling up with outside partners is now underway. The compost has been used for soil on campus.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Purchasing?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Purchasing:
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IIs the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Transportation?:
No

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

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

Several student teams have done projects on recycling on campus and also during spring move-out, with multi-year results in terms of waste diversion. With the recycling crisis in the last 2 years that has affected many institutions, student teams through several campus student organizations worked directly with Facilities and other offices on campus to answer questions and develop FAQs to help educate the campus.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Water?:
No

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

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

Several students via several campus programs have been involved in C&P. The first full campus sustainability plan is being developed currently by a student doing an academic senior research project in conjunction with the campus Facilities Office and SUS Academic Program.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
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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 Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance:
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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 Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s living laboratory program is available:
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Student projects on the topics above include required capstone sustainability research by all majors and minors in two courses (Sustainability Project Design, ISC 3999, and Applied Sustainability, ISC 4000). Many projects by individual students and teams apply to this credit (guided by faculty course instructors).

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