Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.15
Liaison Hector Davis
Submission Date June 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Tarleton State University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 4.00 Hector Davis
Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
Risk Management & Compliance
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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 No
Buildings No
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No
Public Engagement Yes
Other Yes

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:
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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:

The Aquaponics class at Tarleton is developing a business plan for a student-governed food cooperative. They are currently working on a subscription lettuce, cucumber and tomato cooperative based upon their harvest from last year.


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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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:

Every year the Office of Diversity & Inclusion performs a campus survey to identify trans-friendly restrooms and shares that information with the campus community. This information is used to develop future plans for placement of additional facilities.


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:

A series of summer camps focusing on sustainability is being offered by Tarleton State University’s Department of Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem Sciences.

The three camps are: Green Gardening, Green Cooking, and Recycle-Mania, The camps teach students the relationship between food, consumers and the environment. Campers will learn how to make the most of what we are given; how to reduce, reuse and recycle; and how to prepare delicious, healthy foods and snacks.

Green Gardening will include outings to Tarleton’s Sustainable Teaching Garden where campers will learn basic gardening techniques and have the opportunity to plant something to begin their very own backyard garden.

Green Cooking will teach campers the basics of healthy cooking using fresh produce and other ingredients grown in a typical backyard garden. Campers will utilize the university’s food lab.

During the final camp, Recycle Mania, participants will focus on reduce-reuse-recycle efforts, repurposing old materials into new and useful items.


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:

Tarleton's Southwest Regional Dairy Complex provides enabling infrastructure support for teaching, research, and service/outreach programs to meet the need of higher education, the dairy industry and society in Texas and the southwest.


The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
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