Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 84.99
Liaison Pierre Lemay
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Universite Laval
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Pierre Lemay
Development Advisor
Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health
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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:

In August 2018, a student wrote a paper with the title “Comparison of carbon balance and climate change mitigation potential of forest management strategies in the boreal forest of Quebec (Canada)” supervised by Évelyne Thiffault and published in Forestry, an International Journal of Forest Research. This study aimed to determine how management of boreal forest stands could contribute to climate change mitigation in the context of ecosystem-based management using the Université Laval’s forest (Montmorency Forest).


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:

As a part of master degree in architecture and design (Urban design lab, ARC-7003), teams of students had to redefind the campus with high goals of creativity. https://designurbain-ulaval.wixsite.com/a2018


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?:
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:

Under the supervision of 4 researchers associated with Université Laval, student Stéphanie Vézina conducted a study on the analysis of ecoefficiency with a university service as part of a master's degree in food science. This analysis focuses on the assessment of environmental impact and nutritional quality score.


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:

Each year between 225 and 350 students carry out research projects at Montmorency Forest, Université Laval's research and teaching forest. The work of these students helps Forest managers maintain an advanced understanding of the land and continuously improve its sustainable management practices.


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

In collaboration with the School of Desing, the students of the ecodesign course evaluated the pilot project of implementing a returnable cup system. Following their analysis, the students will propose courses of action to implement the system on the entire campus.


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:

To complete their master degree, graduated students were invited to analyze and study the impacts of futur public transportation changes on the campus life and on the commuting habits (Lab-Essay AME-6601 and AME-6602). https://www.esad.ulaval.ca/files/esad/ESAD-Perspecto2019.pdf


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:

Under the academic supervision of Rosa Galvez, Ph.D., Ing, Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering as well as Guylaine Bernard, M.Sc. Operations Coordinator at the Université Laval Building Department, the student Moïse Keumoe Djeukem has conducted a study project on the management of residual materials at Université Laval. This project was conduct as part of the course DDU-2200 (community intervention project) and focused on the management of residual materials at the Vandry (one of the campus’ building).


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:

During their Supervised Work Project in Sustainable Development I (DDU-3010), two students produced a report on the integration of sustainable development into activities at the campus's La Charmille childcare centre (CPE). The study will help the centre’s managers draw up a structured plan to improve their sustainable development practices and prioritize the most important steps.


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?:
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 Investment & Finance:

Under the supervision of Olivier Boiral, Professor at the Faculty of Administration Sciences, Alice-Anne Simard presented her thesis (MNG-6114) on divestment of fossil fuels at Université Laval.


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:

Every year, students in Heath Education I (EPS-2101) hold a blood drive as part of their course. Besides helping them develop event planning skills, the drive also allows students to understand the importance of community involvement.


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:

Every year, students in Heath Education II (EPS-3101) hold the 5-10 km Challenge as part of their course. Besides helping them develop event planning skills, the drive also allows students to raise awareness among the campus community of the importance of adopting healthy lifestyle habits. The university continues awareness efforts on this topic throughout the year.


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)?:
No

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