Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Richmond
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Rob Andrejewski
Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Tucker-Boatwright Festival of Literature & the Arts Parking Lot Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The Parking Lot Project transformed a University of Richmond parking lot into a yearlong, collaborative artwork, driven by students from diverse disciplines enrolled in a course through the Department of Art and Art History. The spring section was cross-listed with the Department of Geography and the Environment. Additional spaces were transformed by select students, faculty, and staff from across the University.

Individual parking spaces were excavated to be green spaces alongside functional spaces, disrupting the parking lot’s identity. Students redeveloped the spaces as sites for independent research and public art, while considering questions about sustainability, land use, and landscape on their own terms – as artists, scholars, and citizens. The public was invited to engage with the project and students through presentations and critiques.

At the end of the 2014−15 academic year, the parking lot was repurposed as part of the Campus Master Plan. Students were encouraged to focus their attention on producing a meaningful work that will last in memory and effect.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

~20 living lab projects, 10 research presentations


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
The role of public art in sustainability

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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