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Liaison Jennifer Asman
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Georgia State University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jennifer Asman
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 No
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No
Public Engagement No
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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:

The Department of Geosciences has a research initiative to confront one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century: fostering healthy and sustainable cities that are home to thriving and resourceful communities. Community, Soil, Air, Water (CSAW)’s mission is to bring together scholars and community partners to address the multifaceted relationship between urban communities and their environment by advancing an integrated physical- and social-scientific approach profoundly shaped and informed by the values, visions, and knowledges of our partner communities.

CSAW realizes this mission through three inter-related objectives. First, by building on the strengths and expertise of Georgia State’s Geosciences department, the initiative provides a vehicle for interdisciplinary collaboration and academic inquiry on topics related to the interactions, relationships and feedbacks in the urban environment through an ongoing speaker series, workshops, and grant activity. Next, it provides a context for partnering with community groups to identify research and data collection priorities around environmental issues. CSAW strives to tackle the specific challenges of integrating the experiential knowledge and values of communities with the scientific knowledge of the urban and earth science scholars involved. Finally, the CSAW initiative provides opportunities for GSU student researchers to engage in experiential, field-based learning in collaboration with professors and community groups. This includes a student-focused research symposium and sponsorship of students to attend community and professional meetings to present CSAW research.

See: http://sites.gsu.edu/csaw/


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:
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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:

Every year, Dining Services conducts a "Weigh the Waste" campaign where students measure the amount of post consumer waste being produced in the dining halls and then publish the data through an awareness campaign.


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:

Currently, a student group is working with facilities on a wind project. They have placed a wind turbine on one of the buildings on campus and are collecting data to see if wind energy is a viable option for campus.


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:
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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:
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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:

Currently, students and staff are collecting commuter data as part of the university bike plan.


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:
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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:

The Department of Geosciences has a research initiative to confront one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century: fostering healthy and sustainable cities that are home to thriving and resourceful communities. Community, Soil, Air, Water (CSAW)’s mission is to bring together scholars and community partners to address the multifaceted relationship between urban communities and their environment by advancing an integrated physical- and social-scientific approach profoundly shaped and informed by the values, visions, and knowledges of our partner communities.

CSAW realizes this mission through three inter-related objectives. First, by building on the strengths and expertise of Georgia State’s Geosciences department, the initiative provides a vehicle for interdisciplinary collaboration and academic inquiry on topics related to the interactions, relationships and feedbacks in the urban environment through an ongoing speaker series, workshops, and grant activity. Next, it provides a context for partnering with community groups to identify research and data collection priorities around environmental issues. CSAW strives to tackle the specific challenges of integrating the experiential knowledge and values of communities with the scientific knowledge of the urban and earth science scholars involved. Finally, the CSAW initiative provides opportunities for GSU student researchers to engage in experiential, field-based learning in collaboration with professors and community groups. This includes a student-focused research symposium and sponsorship of students to attend community and professional meetings to present CSAW research.

See: http://sites.gsu.edu/csaw/


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