Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.40
Liaison David Liebman
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Santa Rosa Junior College
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.80 / 4.00 David Liebman
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Facilities Planning and Operations
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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 professor, David Kratzman, integrates analyzing the campus's solar data and greenhouse gas inventory as a part of his Environmental Studies courses.


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:

Through a Facilities Internship a student is receiving class credit while broadening his understanding of energy and water management. They are collecting data about building efficiency and conducting analysis on that information. One of the results of their internship may help inform upcoming strategic and facilities master plans.


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:

Apart of some of the engineering courses as they learn MATLAB they review and analyze campus energy metering data.

Additionally there are Facilities Interns that review the campus's energy use and identify use patterns. While they review the patterns they are also verify savings from past projects, and identify potential future savings.


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

There are several campus gardens that are used in Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture courses for hands-on experiences to see how solutions could be used on campus, while also studying urban agriculture solutions. Philosophy and multicultural studies courses use the campus oak trees in their conversations around indigenous cultures.


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 is a Facilities Intern who has addressed single occupancy vehicles as part of his work. He, along with a transportation associate proposed and implemented a pilot carpool parking pass program. By providing designated carpool parking spaces with a reduced cost for the permit, students are incentivized to carpool to school rather than drive alone. Incentivizing alternative commutes for students and staff is one way the school is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Promotional materials for the carpool parking permit included information about reducing carbon emissions by adding more passengers, directed students to a carbon calculator, and listed benefits to air quality and the environment in addition to the time and cost savings of the pass.


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

There is a Facilities Intern that is receiving class credit in the current semester for broadening his understanding of energy and water management through analysis of data collected from buildings. The results of his internship may help inform upcoming strategic and facilities master plans.


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

The Equity Office has partnered with the Sustainable Agriculture department to integrate a community garden in the courses. This connection covers the affordability and access challenges that come with agriculture and eating healthy.


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