Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.78
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

South Dakota State University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.20 / 4.00 Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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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:

FY 19
A student did a design report for his English 277 class on reducing air pollution at SDSU.


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:

FY17
As part of an introduction to planning course, a student assessed the economic benefits of switching outdoor lights to LED, the effects of light pollution, how to minimize light pollution. This was a theoretical assessment done for the outdoor lights located around the dorm area.

FY19
A student in ME 498 analyzed wind velocities for SDSU/Brookings for turbine applications (wind roses) for his independent study research project.


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:

FY19
A student did a class project on how our campus can produce our own food and how campus food waste can then be used to enhance food growth for campus.

Local Foods Education Center (LFEC) students have been involved in initial meetings with Aramark to sell LFEC food at campus c-stores. The students have done all the research necessary to design and brand LFEC all the way through the university system. They developed packaging needs and have produced nutritional cards for every food item LFEC grows. Another student is currently helping design "how-to" classes for canning, preserving, etc.

Several grad students (from Health & Nutritional Sciences department) helped set up Jacks Cupboard (campus food pantry) as part of their masters program.


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:

FY19
A faculty member and grad students worked to produced native plants for the American Indian Student Center landscaping.

A class aided in the design of the pollinator plant list for SDSU's Bee Campus USA certification.


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:

FY18
A student researched the feasibility and possibilities for a compost operation on campus.

FY19
A student researched and proposed plans for initiating composting at SDSU.

A student’s capstone project focused on two things: 1) the impact of single-use plastics on our world, and 2) the benefits and current rates of recycling. The student’s project involved a presentation, research, assisting with a single use plastic display, and collecting plastic bags for recycling.

A group from a Small Communications class researched how to better promote recycling dos and don’ts for campus.

Students in ADV 370 analyzed a survey about recycling and then created a recycling campaign.

A student created composting promotion & education in the community.


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:

FY17
A class competed in the EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge. As part of this competition, students drafted a storm water master plan for campus.


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?:
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?:
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?:
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:

FY17-FY19
The Counseling and Human Development Department has students who provide counseling to volunteer students across campus including college student-athletes.
They also provide graduate assistants and internship students who provide support in the counseling center, residence halls, etc


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)?:
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 other areas:

FY18
A small group communications group helped plan and execute an Earth Hour celebration.

FY19
Students in ADV 370 Advertising Principles created social media posts (Facebook) about the Jack’s Cupboard or Sustainability.

A group from the Organizational Leadership and Team Development course, worked with the Sustainability Specialist on how to increase sustainability awareness on campus through specific projects.


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Some of these projects came to fruition. Others were strictly theoretical.

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