Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Kathleen Hilimire
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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Fort Lewis College
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
-- Reporter Kathleen Hilimire
Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies
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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:

Biology 110: Modern Issues in Environmental Biology. Students designed projects to collect baseline data on the food forest and natural ecosystems to understand the data needed to determine climate change impacts.

ENVS 395: Environmental Colloquium. Students conducted research how to advance FLC's Carbon Commitment.


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:

ENVS 395: Environmental Colloquium. Students conducted research how to advance FLC's Carbon Commitment.


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:

ENVS 395: Environmental Colloquium. Students conducted research how to advance FLC's Carbon Commitment.


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:

ENVS 319: Ecological Agriculture. Students used the campus garden to analyze how to provide sustainable food to the campus dining hall.


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:

ENVS 320: Environmental Research Methods and Design. Students conducted campus research on the biodiversity of lawns and gardens on campus.

ENVS 395: Environmental Colloquium. Students conducted research on campus xeriscapes; how to advance FLC's Carbon Commitment; and wildlife-friendly habitats on campus.


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:

ENVS 320: Environmental Research Methods and Design. Students conducted research on commuting behaviors among campus users and opportunities to improve sustainable commuting.


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:

ENVS 320: Environmental Research Methods and Design. Students conducted campus research on how to improve the recycling program.


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:

Biology 110: Modern Issues in Environmental Biology. Students designed projects to collect baseline data on the food forest and natural ecosystems to understand the data needed to determine climate change impacts.

Bio 245: Ecology. Snow sampling methodologies and we head down to the river for a series of river labs. Experimental design for ecological studies is the focus of this course's labs.


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

SOC 331: Environmental Sociology. We organized a campus event where students who travelled to Standing Rock could talk about their experiences and how they relate to social/environmental justice


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)?:
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 other areas:

BA 334: Sustainable Tourism. Students have to create sustainable centerpieces for the Etiquette Dinner.


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