Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Lima
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Roger Nimps
Assistant Dean
Dean's Office
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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?:
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 Air & Climate:
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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?:
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 Energy:
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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:

Dr. Jackie Augustine continually works with undergraduate students to understand the habitat of the Tecumseh Nature Preserve, located on OSU-Lima's campus. The work impacts the management of that land.

Here is a list of the undergraduate presentations from 2014-present:

1. Elting*, R., and Augustine J.K., Poster Presenter. "A test of the effectiveness of permethrin to reduce arthropod abundance and increase nesting success of the house wren (Troglodytes aedon)." Presented at the OSU-Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, Lima, Ohio, United States. (Apr 2016)
2. Crawford*, A.D., and Augustine J.K., Oral Presenter. "The effectiveness of diatomaceous earth to reduce mite load and increase reproductive success in a cavity-nesting species." Presented at joint conference of the American Ornithologists Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, Oklahoma, United States. (Jul 2015)
3. Davis III*, A., and Augustine J.K., Oral Presenter. "Do house wrens signal predator type in their alarm calls?" Presented at joint conference of the American Ornithologists Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, Oklahoma, United States. (Jul 2015)
4. Ahrns*, M., and Augustine, J.K., Oral Presenter. Effectiveness of predator guards on nest boxes for House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon). Presented at joint conference of the American Ornithologists Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, Norman, Oklahoma, United States. (Jul 2015)
5. Davis III*, A., and Augustine J.K., Poster Presenter. "Do house wrens signal predator type in their alarm calls?" Presented at the OSU-Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, Lima, Ohio, United States. (Apr 2015)
6. Philpot*, K.M., and Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. "Are male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) open-ended or closed-ended learners?" Presented at the OSU-Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, Lima, Ohio, United States. (Apr 2015)
7. Smith*, J., and Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. "A hematological study of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) and its association with reproductive success." Presented at the OSU-Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, Lima, Ohio, United States. (Apr 2015)
8. Smith*, J., and Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. "A hematological study of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) and its association with reproductive success." Presented at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Mar 2015)
9. Crawford*, A.D., and Augustine J.K., Poster Presenter. "A test of the effectiveness of diatomaceous earth to reduce mite load and increase nestling size in the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)." Presented at Ohio Avian Research Conference, Granville, Ohio, United States. (Oct 2014)
10. Davis III*, A., and Augustine J.K., Poster Presenter. "Do House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) signal predator type in their alarm calls?" Presented at Ohio Avian Research Conference, Granville, Ohio, United States. (Oct 2014)
*Tied for the Ohio Biological Survey Award.
11. Philpot*, K.M., and Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. "Are male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) open-ended or closed-ended learners?" Presented at Ohio Avian Research Conference, Granville, Ohio, United States. (Oct 2014)
*Tied for the Ohio Biological Survey Award.
12. Crawford*, A.D., and Augustine J.K., Poster Presenter. "A test of the effectiveness of diatomaceous earth to reduce mite load and increase nestling size in the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)." Presented at Fall Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Sep 2014)
13. Davis III*, A., and Augustine J.K., Poster Presenter. "Do House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) signal predator type in their alarm calls?" Presented at Fall Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Sep 2014)
14. Philpot*, K.M., and Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. "Are male House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) open-ended or closed-ended learners?" Presented at Fall Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Sep 2014)
15. Smith*, J., and Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. "A hematological study of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) and its association with morphology." Presented at Fall Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Sep 2014)
16. Ahrns*, M., Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. “Effectiveness of predator guards on nest boxes for House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)” Presented at the OSU-Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, Lima, Ohio, United States. (Apr 2014)
17. Kinn*, R.S., Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. “Response to chemical cues from a predator in a cavity-nesting bird species, the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)” Presented at the OSU-Lima Undergraduate Research Forum, Lima, Ohio, United States. (Apr 2014)
18. Ahrns*, M., Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. “Effectiveness of predator guards on nest boxes for House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon)” Presented at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Mar 2014)
19. Kinn*, R.S., Augustine, J.K., Poster Presenter. “Response to chemical cues from a predator in a cavity-nesting bird species, the House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)” Presented at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, Ohio, United States. (Mar 2014)


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?:
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?:
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 Water:
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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:

To study and assess the footprint of the Lima campus, a committee of 4 faculty and 4 staff members, also open to 2 student representatives, was established in December 2015. The committee was responsible for a proposal for a recycling program and has been responsible for its implementation, currently under way. In addition, the same committee has been in charge of providing sustainability-related input on the construction plans of our Student Life building, expected to break ground in Spring 2017 and open by Autumn 2018.


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:

To help a faculty member with her duties involving the box office for our two annual theatre productions, we have offered a practicum theatre course, of interest to theatre majors and minors. In the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, we have had one student enrolled in it for credit in each semester, helping engage the public at large with the campus.


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:

In response to requests from the campus community, in Autumn 2015 we started offering a Yoga class open to faculty, staff, and students on campus to help balance health/well-being with work/study demands. The 2-day/week course has been scheduled around lunch hour every semester and has seen enrollment grow from 6 to 11 between Autumn 2015 and Autumn 2016.


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:

In 2014, one student’s research thesis aimed to develop the content for a sustainability curriculum for the university. Despite Ohio State’s national recognition for several achievements in sustainability, a recent sustainability survey indicated that many students are not as knowledgeable about sustainability concepts as the university would like. In response, university decision makers aim to further enhance student sustainability comprehension and awareness by creating an online curriculum that will reinforce the most essential concepts of sustainability. The thesis project examined and recommended the best content for this curriculum through a literature review and a series of semi-structured interviews and iterative conversations with key sustainability stakeholders and educators at the university. A participatory development process was used to identify and summarize the main sustainability definitions, concepts, and resources that the Ohio State sustainability community recommends as most important for inclusion in an OSU sustainability curriculum. It was found that Ecology, Biodiversity, Energy, Justice/Equity, Community, Growth, and Externalities, were among the top environmental, social, and fiscal stewardship concepts recommended. Using this information, the university has continued to develop the online curriculum to increase the students’ knowledge of key sustainability concepts.


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