Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Massachusetts Lowell
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.20 / 4.00 Juliette Rooney-Varga
Director & Associate Professor
Climate Change Initiative & Biological Sciences
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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 No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
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:
85 UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering students conducted an analysis of North Campus windows to support the facilities department goal of reducing GHG emissions. http://www.uml.edu/Engineering/SLICE/Course-Offerings.aspx

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:
Student interns work with energy manager to assess energy efficiency in buildings.

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:
Student completed an honors thesis on composting.

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 facility department employs work study students and interns to analyze energy and electricity data.

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:
NA

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:
NA

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:
NA

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:
Students in courses work with City of Lowell Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator to do trash bin audits on campus.

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:
Computer science students developed a web-based data portal, used in conjunctions with other science courses such as those that focus on water research in the Merrimack and Concord by the Inn and Conference Center.

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:
Students can take an active role on Climate Action Plan (CAP) subcommittees and Climate Change Initiative (CCI).

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:
NA

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:
NA

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:
NA

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:
Last Spring a student club managed 4 plots in the UMass Lowell Community Garden, specifically with the intention of donating all of their produce and herbs to the local Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
+ Date Revised: July 20, 2015

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:
NA

The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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