Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.84
Liaison Kalyna Procyk
Submission Date June 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Muhlenberg College
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
4.00 / 4.00 Kalyna Procyk
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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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:

A student intern has worked on assessing scope 3 carbon inventory emissions.


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:

There are multiple student interns who have worked on energy audits of buildings, and there is also a class that worked on dorm and MILE house energy audits. Muhlenberg’s Tree House can also be considered a learning experiment. The Tree House is meant to educate students on how to live sustainably, and is located in front of the Community and Permaculture gardens, currently has a rainwater capture system and a solar hot water heater. As of now, a group in a Sustainable Solutions class worked on getting a compost system installed, complete with signage. More information can be found at its website:
http://bergtreehouse.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/hello-world/


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:

Students were involved in developing and installing a solar hot water heater on the Tree House through the Sustainable Solutions class. There are multiple interns working on energy audits of dorms and independent houses.


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:

There is a sustainability dining services intern, and there are multiple classes involved with working with the Community Garden, including “Sustainable Solutions”. Students developed a plan for a hydroponic herb garden as a class in Sustainable solutions.


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:

Several student interns have worked on creating a tree inventory, doing tree engagement events, and completing the process to become an accredited Tree Campus. Students are working on taking soil and water samples on campus as part of an Environmental Science course. Students worked on researching and installing equipment and materials for the Green roof as part of the Sustainable Solutions class. Students also developed and installed a community garden and permaculture forest garden.


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?:
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:

There was a Local Sustainability class that developed suggestions for utilizing public/group transportation.


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:

A Local Sustainability class years later looked into waste and recycling outcomes among various buildings and areas around campus. Numerous waste audits have been completed. Students researched suggestions for minimizing waste on campus.


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:

Students developed a system for rainwater harvesting for the tree house as part of a Sustainable Solutions class.


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:

There is a student intern, the Sustainability Metrics Intern, who is planning and analyzing solutions for the future.


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

There is social media and marketing sustainability intern.


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:

Students in the Sustainable Solutions class have researched the possibilities of linking the Bike Share program with athletics programs.


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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