Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.76
Liaison James Speer
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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Indiana State University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 James Speer
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Earth and Environmental Sciences
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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:

Every Spring semester we have our ENVI 460: Conservation and Sustainability class with over 30 students study ISU and develop individual research projects on many different aspects of campus and community sustainability. We use ISU and the Wabash Valley as a living laboratory where our research projects work to improve the quality of life in the local community. We also have guest speakers from many facilities departments speak in the class and the class usually talks to them about sustainability on campus related to their projects which leads to real changes on campus. Other classes also take on sustainability aspects of campus to be studied each semester.

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Indoor air pollution
Light Pollution


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
White board versus chalk board cost benefit
ISU Flight School carbon footprint analysis
LED Lighting Technologies for ISU
Volatile Organic Compound’s effects and the education of the community
Tiny houses
HVAC Sustainability: Solar-Assisted Air-Conditioning
Waste Building Materials
Greenroof versus solar panels on a grocery/housing project
Qualitative and quantitative research on eco villages around the globe


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Ryves Neighborhood energy audits
Ryves Hall solar panels
Oil spill location and causes
Energy cap to reduce energy use in residence halls
Residence hall energy savings and behavior
Solar powered campus
Fracking and the environment
ISU Geothermal
Electricity Use at ISU: A Correlation Between Electricity Use and Population Size
Methane Production at ISU by Anaerobic Digestion
Renewables in Costa Rica and possibly other countries
Wind speed around Campus. How much energy could we produce and is it economical?
Lifecycle of Coal versus Natural Gas
The effect of energy production on wildlife
Average Terre Haute houses power consumption and finding green energy sources that can be applied to it.

Our students have examined the possibility of installing a solar array on campus over multiple years. Their work has helped to inform facilities and the administration about the possibility of bringing more alternative energy to campus.


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Going trayless
Garbology
Food waste at Sycamore Towers


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Sustainable Water Systems and Their Effect on Storm Water Drainage
Soil testing in a grid across the ecovillage site
Effect of outdoor recreation on the appreciation of nature
Trash in parks

Students from this course and other Environmental courses utilize the ISU Community Garden to collect information about ground chemicals, invasive species, and various other related issues.


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

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Normalize reusables
ISU Fluorescent versus LED cost benefit of transition

An applied marketing course partnered with the Office of Sustainability and the FMA student organization to create a detailed marketing strategy for a re-use store on campus.


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Bicycle Friendly Campus
Environmental impact of travel
Gas, Hybrid, Pure Electric, and Hydrogen Concept, Vehicles
Asphalt pavement versus concrete, previous pavement, and solar roadways
SPIN Bike data from Fall 2017

A student project started the conversation that lead to our current Enterprise Car Share program on campus that is succeeding well.


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Recycling in the residence halls
Garbology
Paper towel versus hand towel driers
Recycling at the Village Quarter
Recycling at ISU and in apartments
Recycling in their frat house with survey of people about recycling

The Office of Sustainability also partners with a Nutrition & Dietics class to collect waste from the dining halls during specific periods and weigh it. The class utilizes this information to produce a research project at the end of the semester.


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:

Economic and environmental sustainability using the Wabash River in Terre Haute
Grey water use at the Towers
Water chemistry and nutrients in fish farming with Greener Scenes
Aquaponics water evaporation


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:

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
A Content Analysis of Sustainability Articles by the ISU Office of Communications and Marketing
Recycled benches on campus or possibly recycled glass
Bottle policies to improve recoverable recyclables in Michigan compared to Indiana

We have had a number of students examine sustainability marketing at ISU which helps to inform the Office of Sustainability about how well they are reaching the students and public with their message. Our students have provided input for sustainability planning at ISU, have developed an activism club on campus, and have also protested some actions by the administration that were not sustainable.


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

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Conservation and poverty
Gender differences in recycling in residence halls


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:

Business Cafe Alternative financing situations.
How much a sustainable farm would cost to operate.


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:

The intersections between sustainability curriculum, horticulture, nutrition, and cultural competence are practiced each day at Indiana State University in the Community Garden. The leading problem of student-led gardens is that the vast majority of students leave through the summer months and cannot commit time or effort to the garden when it needs the most tending as crops come into fruition. The ISU garden does not have a substantial lull in numbers through the summer months as its primary constituents are community members. This scenario creates an added benefit that as the garden successfully functions throughout the year on its own but allows students to obtain experiential learning through working, volunteering, or through school projects that can be utilized in the spring and fall semesters when the student populace is back at the university. The ISU Community Garden concept has a third benefit in that students, faculty and staff who come to work, visit, or learn also get to connect with the larger community through conversation and interactions between diverse populations.

ENVI 460 Topics:
EcoVillage ecological footprint analysis with thoughts on ecotourism
Early childhood education and gardens


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

These are some of the example titles of projects from the ENVI460 class in this category:
Environmental effect on psychological wellbeing
Greening prisons
Fitness and sustainability
Alkaline hydrolysis: A Green Alternative to Cremation
Meditation and Environmental Concern
Rain barrels on campus
In patient and nursing home care and waste


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)?:
No

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