Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.77
Liaison Joe Herbst
Submission Date Jan. 17, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Minnesota State University Moorhead
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.40 / 4.00 Joe Herbst
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus 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 ---
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste Yes
Water ---
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---
Public Engagement Yes
Other ---

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:
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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:

Students from Construction Mangement have conducted inventories of sustainable attributes of buildings, as well as the project management of sustainable improvments to buildings.


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:

Biosciences students are researching the efficacy of aquaponic systems to grow food that is fertilized by fish tanks.


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:

Physics students have helped to design a renewable energy component to an aquaponics system. Also, a student PR group has designed and implemented a campus campaign to encourage energy conservation.


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:
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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:

Biosciences students are assisting a faculty member in testing the ability to compost various pieces of campus waste.


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:
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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:

Environmental Policy interns work with the MSUM Student Senate to analyze, draft, recommend, and shepherd the adoption of sustainability-related policies on campus.


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:

Environmental interns work with members of the business community to educate them about sustainability and opportunities for students to help them design and advance sustainability intitiatives of their own.


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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