Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.07
Liaison John Lerczak
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Lewis University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 John Lerczak
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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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:

Environmental Science students conduct tree assessments throughout campus doing calculations to figure out the benefits of trees. They use a carbon calculator to configure emission reductions.


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

Many of our buildings on campus are LEED certified and through various incentive programs we are able to reduce our overall consumption. There have been energy audit projects that have involved student workers collecting data pertaining to energy efficiency in buildings.


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:

Yes, we host events and activities in relation to our dining facilities. We host weigh the waste events that help to educate students/faculty about proper disposal.


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:

Through conservation biology courses they have been expanding the prairie plot and creating bioswales around campus to reduce runoff.


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?:
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 Transportation:
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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:

Yes, students participate in weigh the waste events through the semester in which they utilize that data to understand consumer behavior in regards to food waste.


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:

Through the Facilities department under the direction of the Director of Sustainability water usage data is collected and managed to understand how we can reduce on campus. Sustainability coordinator works on our water reduction strategies by monitoring trends, installing sub-metering on units where needed and ensuring the services provided are most cost-effective for the university.


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:

Yes, currently we are working on a recycled cap project. This involves a lot of coordination among other students, faculty and external organizations to plan out in terms of sorting, collecting, logistics and fundraising. Sustainability Club students have collected over 1100 lbs and raised funds to obtain a recycled picnic table. This table symbolizes the efforts and demonstrates a way to re-purpose.
Through the Student Sustainability Club during the semester there is a lot of coordination among student organizations to plan events involved in increasing the opportunities for advancing sustainability on campus.


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:

There has been recent capstone projects that involve census data and research local communities in regards to accessibility, affording and inclusion. Understanding building data and zoning codes to understand the overall impact on our local communities.


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:

Through our peace studies courses and sustainability club that has been many projects that have involved the public. Through our community garden project in Fairmont to cleaning up our local communities. By conducting these projects it has helped to increase food security in our neighborhoods and helped beautify these areas.
Students getting involved in advocacy around sustainability issues and how getting involved in local issues can be impactful.


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:

The occupational therapy department has conducted research to analysis people's working environment and how their work surface can impact their productivity.


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)?:
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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:
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