Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Oct. 16, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Kentucky
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Shane Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
Office oF Sustainability
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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 ---
Buildings ---
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing ---
Transportation Yes
Waste ---
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---
Public Engagement ---
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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 Lemon Tree provides real world, science-based experiences to students in the Quantity Food Production class, a capstone course for dietetics and hospitality, management and tourism undergraduate students. Chef Bob Perry, the department's Food Laboratory Coordinator, and other faculty maneuver students through a series of stations designed to provide excellence in instruction and hands-on experiential learning activities. The class encompasses principles of quantity food preparation and processing, food production and controlled processes, sanitation and safety, equipment and facility planning, waste management, food science, and sustainability. Students also practice leadership, ethical practices, and hospitality with the public.


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:

There is a 30KW solar PV system installed on the roof of the engineering quad that is integrated with several engineering courses.


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:

Through the Sustainability Challenge Grant Program, student in the Department of Landscape Architecture, have been working on bioswale to demonstrate green infrastructure and low impact development for storm water management.


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:

Through the Sustainability Challenge Grant Program students in the College of Design and the College of Engineering have been working to develop models for sustainable bus stops that could be integrated with the campus transit system.


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 Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment organizes an annual water week that integrates multiple courses and assignments with water related aspects of the physical campus environment. Several courses in biosystems and agricultural engineering utilize campus-based hydrology as the basis for course material.


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:
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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:
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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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