Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.45
Liaison Kristina Hughes
Submission Date May 10, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Nebraska at Omaha
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Patrick Wheeler
Environmental Advocate/Sustainability Champion
EHS
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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 ---
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---
Public Engagement ---
Other ---

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:

The campus utilizes our LEED Gold Certified College of Business building (Mammel Hall) as a teaching platform for business students, by relating the features of the building to sound investment and productivity returns for business students.

The indoor air quality impact of buildings on productivity and health are essential tenets of wise sustainable investments in infrastructure.


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:

The Peter Kiewit Institute was constructed to be an open teaching-learning laboratory, both for Architectural Engineering Students and Information Science and Technology students, by leaving ceilings open and placement of large viewing windows throughout the building, revealing its infrastructure in effort to familiarize students with actual operations.


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:
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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:

In addition to students and buildings mentioned above, multiple buildings are used to help design students recognize the impact of building and HVAC design on overall energy use. In the 2013 academic year, particular attention was paid to the Biomechanics Laboratory Building.


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:

Horticulture classes use campus as teaching classroom
Educational rain garden (for students and community) (http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-business-administration/mammel-hall/leed.php)
UNO is a Tree Campus USA campus. We include our trees and tree plan in the education of horticulture students.


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:

A bioretention garden was constructed at our campus Welcome Center and has been used for educating students in landscape design and stormwater management as well as engaging our larger community through efforts involving Omaha by Design.


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:

Mammel Hall is regularly used as a tool for gathering community leaders and students and fostering discussion regarding the use of public space and demonstrations of best practices as catalysts for further community change. This has spanned the College of Business as well as Engineering Students.


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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