Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.64
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date April 23, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

State University of New York at Cortland
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Beth Klein
Campus Sustainability Coordinato
Early Childhood Education
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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 Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No
Public Engagement Yes
Other No

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:

Green House Gas (GHG) inventory and student analysis for campus. using a survey instrument and campus utility use data.


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:

The campus Physics' Department performs assessment of building envelope using IR cameras and data loggers. They also perform periodic assessment of the campus ground-source heat-pump well field with Building Automation System data.


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:

Model Garden program which demonstrates various agriculture techniques and incorporates local food into the dining program. Biology and Education courses incorporate the garden into their coursework.


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:

The campus Physics' Department performs analysis of the campus solar PV using the inverter on-line dashboard and data-loggers.


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:

The campus Biology Department is studying native plantings within the landscaping to assess plant health and bio-diversity. The Campus continues on-going studies at our satellite campus locations of Hoxie Gorge, Raquette Lake, and Brauer Field Station.


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:

Students and faculty in the Physics Department use the campus Green House Gas (GHG) inventory and students implement a survey instrument to analyze campus transportation patterns.


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:
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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:

The Geology Department conducts studies of stormwater quanitity at various locations across campuses locations, Main Campus, Hoxie Gorge, Raquette Lake, and Brauer Field Station.


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:
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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:

The campus has hosted several conferences on Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice over the past three-years. These events spur on campus activities as well as foster regional activities as they relate to Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. The events are paired with the office of Multi-Cultural Life and Diversity for SUNY Cortland who works through Civic Engagement Office and Women's Studies Department to coordinate the conferences.


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:

Kinesiology, Physical Education and Health departments work with campus populations to assess and improve health and wellbeing.


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:

The Office of Civic Engagement studies the engagement of students in campus and off-campus activities.


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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