|Submission Date||Nov. 4, 2016|
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory
|4.00 / 4.00||
Sustainability Assessment Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||Yes|
|Diversity & Affordability||Yes|
|Health, Wellbeing & Work||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:
"The IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science (""CEES"") was established by the Department of Earth Sciences and named an IUPUI Campus Signature Center, an initiative of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research at IUPUI. CEES is also sponsored within IUPUI by the IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences and the School of Science.
An Urban Environmental Center
Applied environmental research is important in bringing solutions to critical problems and gives CEES its uniqueness. Research and outreach programs are focused in central Indiana with local, state, national, and international collaborations and implications. Activities include the following core areas:
Research and Restoration
Research initiatives cross traditional science boundaries and facilitate science-based decision making. We also strive to help IUPUI researchers use the local environment in their basic research interests.
• Water Resource Evaluation and Watershed Management
• Stream and Wetland Assessment and Restoration
• Assessment of Environmental Constituents
• Environmental Data Management, Modeling, and Visualization
Environmental Science Education
Educational programs are discovery based and make science real and relevant. In addition to serving our community, they also provide opportunities for IUPUI students to get involved in science education and provide a living-laboratory for STEM education research.
• Environmental Education Resources
• Discovering the Science of the Environment
• K-12 Teacher Workshops and Support
• Practical engagement experiences for undergraduates interested in the environment and science education
• Continuing Education Workshops for Environmental Professional
Public Service, service learning and community engagement through restoration and environmental stewardship
Our public service programs immerse participants in experiential projects that address current environmental issues and improve natural areas in central Indiana. CEES provides service learning opportunities and partnerships with various city and state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
• Stewardship Activities for Students, Corporate Volunteers, and the Community
• Environmental Data Production and Dissemination
Ecosystem Restoration at CEES
• Restoration Overview
• Lilly Arbor
o Urban Floodplain Restoration
o Project Planning
o Experimental Design
o Data, Maps, and Images
o Advisory Board
o Participant List
• Pleasant Run
• Ritchey Woods
• Crooked Creek
• Goose Pond
• Pogue's Run
• Southwestway Park
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:
Title: IUPUI North Hall residence hall
Estimated Completion: August 2016
The 172,000-square-foot building will be on North Street in close proximity to University Tower -- IUPUI’s newest residence hall with a state-of-the-art dining hall -- and will offer 700 beds for students and spaces to support student life activities, fitness programs, a computer lab, game rooms and laundry. The building will also feature a state-of-the-art multipurpose media room and two classrooms that will each accommodate 40 students.
The new residence hall will reflect the sleek, modern style of the IUPUI campus by use of brick, glass and precast accents and offer two residential wings varying in height -- one four stories and the other six stories. This design will allow more natural light into the semi-enclosed courtyard as well as the large windows of each sleeping room.
A centralized tower will connect the wings and house community spaces on the first floor. The tower will be expressed architecturally with extensive glass and roof elements for a dramatic sense of entry and offer a preview of the activities inside.
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:
]• Food Services has partnered with IU Healthy Engagement, Office of Sustainability, and University College to bring a farmers market to IUPUI. The first market was held October 25th during the IUPUI Health and Benefits Fair. The market is held monthly and chefs provide recipes and preparation demonstrations on food items from IUPUI’s Urban Garden and the Fresh Produce Market inventory. There are also two gardens on campus that student groups utilize to harvest and then sell produce at the farmers market.
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:
Sustainable Energy Analysis
Description: Students investigate the concept of globally and locally sustainable energy by examining electric energy consumption and renewable (wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wave/tidal) and nonrenewable (coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear) energyresources. Using a given criteria, students calculate their school’s electric energy consumption and predict the feasibility of using on-site renewable energy resources to meet a portion of the calculated electric energy consumption. Using GPS units, Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds, light sensors, anemometers, and forestry calipers, the students collect site location, wind, solar and biomass data measurements at different locations around their school grounds. Data measurements are compiled on a large school ground map, analyzed, and conclusions are drawn about the practicality of utilizing sustainable energy resources.
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:
IUPUI's Office of Sustainability and Campus Facility Services have created a Campus Tree Advisory Committee to participate in the Tree Campus USA program. Tree Campus USA colleges and universities strive to engage their student body as well as their broader community to establish and sustain healthy community forests for the benefit of current and future residents.
There are five standards that must be met for Tree Campus USA recognition:
Campus Tree Advisory Committee
Campus Tree Care Plan
Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
Arbor Day Observance
Service Learning Project
IUPUI named a 2012 Tree Campus USA
IUPUI named a 2013 Tree Campus USA
IUPUI named a 2014 Tree Campus USA
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:
The project goal is to troubleshoot a POS (Point Of Sale) Database. There are some problems with queries about returned damaged equipment. The return table is only showing POS data and not return data. Also, returned items field tickets show up in the database, but are not showing up in field ticket items. This database uses Microsoft SQL Server on backend and Microsoft Access on the front-end.
Project Student: Khurram Khan
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:
Faculty and students in the Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI) within the School of
Engineering and Technology were featured in the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet show aired
on May 21st, 2015 for their world’s advanced pedestrian crash mannequin system. This system
can be used for testing and evaluation of pedestrian pre-collision systems for vehicle emergency
braking systems and self-driving cars. he Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI) developed and delivered the world’s first
advanced articulated mannequin system to the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration Vehicle Research and Testing Center for mannequin technology evaluation for
standardized tests. One of TASI’s sponsors Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center has
also acquired TASI’s pedestrian mannequin system for their research and development efforts.
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:
The Industrial Assessment Center within the School of Engineering and Technology conducted
energy assessments for 43 Indiana manufacturing companies. The audits have resulted in
recommended waste savings of $5.5M and productivity saving of $342K. The assessments
resulted in recommendations for improving energy efficiency. The students were trained on real
world engineering while the companies benefited from audit for energy efficiency improvement
and cost reduction.
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 concept of a "living laboratory" for water technologies has been developed in partnership with several local companies and Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). This would allow new solutions for "people + pipes + policy" to be tested in real-world conditions so that a "smart water grid" can be created with better measurement, more efficient delivery and greater customer education on water use and conservation.
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:
"The ""Polis Center"" at IUPUI Indianapolis is a self-funded research unit of the IU School of Liberal Artsthat utilizes collaborations and understanding in the communities as entrepreneurial and practical, effective, and cost-efficient way for communities to enhance their capacity for meaningful change. We develop the nation’s largest community information system, SAVI, as an interactive data and mapping resource for individuals and organizations in Central Indiana, and our annual Spirit & Place Festival is an example of our efforts to promote Central Indiana as a leading example of how communities can work together to encourage civic engagement and enduring change.
We work with professional and scholarly communities, especially through application of digital technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other geospatial tools. Major efforts include projects with national and state departments of homeland security, notably in helping communities with hazard mitigation and planning. We also have significant partnerships in health geoinformatics, linking clinical and community information to understand issues relating to public health and enlisting community organizations in effective interventions. In collaboration with research centers in the U.S. and internationally, we have helped to lead the development of the new field of spatial humanities, which uses geospatial technologies to understand the role and meaning of place in modern society.
In all of our areas of emphasis, we have earned a national reputation as a dynamic learning environment with highly professional staff who excel in collaborative, practical, and effective solutions for the communities in which we live.
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:
"The Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI has been awarded a grant to launch a project aimed at revitalizing Riverside, a neighborhood on the west side of Indianapolis, just north of IUPUI’s campus. The School of Engineering & Technology and the Riverside Civic League are joining forces for the Riverside Watershed Environmental Living Lab for Sustainability (RWELLS) initiative, developed to improve quality of life by creating jobs through entrepreneurship in the area of sustainability.
“RWELLS is unique because it will involve neighbors helping neighbors in developing long-term sustainable solutions in which they have ownership,” explained Dr. Tom Iseley, Program Director and Professor of Construction Engineering Management Technology at the School. “We were delighted to receive an IUPUI Solution Center Community Venture Fund grant to provide student support for developing a strategic plan. The Buried Asset Management Institute-International (BAMI-I) has also agreed to provide matching funds through a special Industry Advisory Board program for RWELLS sponsored by the Plastic Pipe Institute, Midwest Mole, Inc., AP/M Permaform, Sanexen Environmental Services and CH2M Hill. We’re extremely grateful for the many groups sharing and supporting our vision for Riverside.”
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:
campus wide programming, the office also supervises the Peer Educator program, an initiative that enables and certifies students to educate one another on topics of personal wellness. This program provides students with practical experience in the areas of health services and leadership skills.
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:
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:
Lugar Center It is only with the support of local businesses, community outreach, volunteers, students, government and university laboratories and equipment that The Lugar Center has become the world-class research center it is today.
Also, Lilly ARbor Projec- trees that were installed in 2000-01 were monitored for growth and survivability over several years to determine the best method for reforestation of riparian areas. The location of these trees were recorded with GPS upon installation and tagged for future identification. Tree height and diameter were recorded over the next several years. These measurements were last taken was 2009 and we hope to update these soon. Several monitoring wells in the project area need to be cleaned and begin taking readings once again on a regular basis. While we are still working out the details, we hope these activities can accomplished through additional service learning projects and/or as a form of hands on learning in a related course.
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:
"CEES is excited for our first-time service learning partnership with the Nina Mason Pulliam (NMP) EcoLab at Marian University for environmental service learning events. The NMP EcoLab is a 55-acre, restored, natural area on the campus of Marian University.
Not only is the NMP EcoLab an environmental treasure, but it is a historical one as well. The property that is now the NMP EcoLab was part of the Riverdale estate built by James Allison (founder of the Indy 500 and Allison transmission) in the early 1900's. The landscaping was designed by master landscape architect, Jens Jensen, known as the ""Prophet of the Prairie"" for his use of native plants. Many of Jensen's original landscape features can be seen in the NMP EcoLab today, including bridges, cisterns, and original trails."
The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.