Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 31.22
Liaison Emily Deeker
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.20 / 4.00 Matan Gill
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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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 Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing ---
Transportation Yes
Waste ---
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment ---
Public Engagement Yes
Other Yes

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:

In disciplines of both Architecture and Construction Management students develop and design building proposals for renovating old campus buildings and buildings new ones.
In addition to considerations for the design and construction processes, student also place great emphasis on sustainability related aspects their work.


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:

A number of Environmental Studies students observed that UNL was lacking one growing portion of agriculture, Organic Farming. They students then, as part of their senior capstone project, developed and created UNL’s first Student Lead Organic Farm.


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:

Part of a Construction Management and Architecture joint course, students are lead on a tour of the campus Central Plant where they learn about the methods and processes used to heat, cool, and power the campus.

Several student also elect to study a campus energy related topic for their thesis. Like the Mechanical Engineering student who studied methods for reducing the consumption of electrical energy in the UNL Jorgensen Hall (JH) air handling unit 2 (AHU2).


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:

A variety of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture courses are taught using the physical campus landscape,arboretum, and greenhouses.


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:

Students in Architecture and Community and Regional Planning have studied transportation issues on and relating campus. Those studies resulted in a guide to implementing a bike sharing program and a study on a multi-modal transit stations.


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:

Landscape Architecture students work to analyzing feasibility of and propose locations for the creation bioswales on campus to reduce water runoff into storm drains. Their findings were used to inform the creation of the Campus Landscape and Physical Master Plan.


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:

A number of student Interns at the Center for Civic Engagement work closely with community organization to set up Alternative Spring Break Trips, Service Day program, and other volunteer opportunities for UNL 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:

Behavior Change: A Physiology student studied the role of emotion in environmental decision making using a variety of on campus sustainability and recycling events.


The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
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