Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of South Florida
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.60 / 4.00 Jennifer Lister
Associate Dean
Undergraduate Curriculum, Undergraduate Studies
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Air & Climate?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Air & Climate:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Buildings?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Buildings:

The USF Student Affairs Green Energy Fund regularly funds projects to improve the efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of
buildings on campus, as summarized here - http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energy-fund/projects/projects-by-type.aspx
As an example, a multidisciplinary team of five students and staff were recently funded to complete the Collins Parking Garage LED lights
project ($321,279; http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energy-fund/documents/project-proposals/led-in-collins-garage.pdf), the goal of
which was to upgrade the Collins parking garage's 487 light fixtures to longer lasting and more energy efficient LED lighting.


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Energy?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Energy:

The USF Student Affairs Green Energy Fund regularly funds projects to improve energy efficiency, as summarized here -
http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energy-fund/projects/projects-by-type.aspx
As an example, a team of five students and staff from the College of Engineering was recently funded ($50,000) to install power
management software on 8,000 desk top computers at USF to place them in sleep mode when not in use. This operation significantly
reduced power consumption of individual computers to 5 watts (rather than the 70-100 watts consumed when not in sleep mode). This
achieved a significant energy savings for USF. Details may be found here - http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energyfund/
documents/project-proposals/campus-computer-sleep-mode-software.pdf


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Food & Dining?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Food & Dining:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Grounds?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Grounds:

The USF Student Affairs Green Energy Fund regularly funds projects to improve the grounds, as summarized here -
http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energy-fund/projects/projects-by-type.aspx
As an example, a team of five students and staff was awarded $86,385 for a tree-planting project designed to reduce carbon by 33,250
kg/year. The team planted 73 live oaks, the first of which were planted during a National Arbor Day celebration. The project included the
purchase and planting of trees and installation of an irrigation system. The locations for tree planting were selected to enhance tree
coverage where needed on campus and provide shade on the sides of walkways to encourage walking around campus. Details may be
found here - http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energy-fund/documents/project-proposals/tree-planting-reduce-proposal.pdf


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Purchasing?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Purchasing:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Transportation:

Under the guidance of Dr. Sean Barbeau, Center for Urban Transportation Research, College of Engineering, three computer science and
engineering students developed the USF Transportation Maps App. This was a multi-year project. These students are Joseph Fields, Jean-
Baptist Subils, and Anil Kandula. It is a mobile trip planner that layers all types of alternative transportation in one convenient place.
Using the Trip Planner link, you can plan trips to and from USF buildings and areas around campus via USF Bull Runner, HART bus,
Share-A-Bull bike share (including real-time availability), bike, and walking (based on actual USF sidewalks). It is also available via the
MyUSF App on Android and iOS, under Tampa Maps. Using the Layers link, you can see where different travel-related resources are on
the Tampa campus including USF Bull Runner routes (stops and live vehicle locations), parking lots (permit types and link to pay by phone
for pay stations), bike rack locations. USFF Share-A-Bull bikes, and Electric Vehicle charging stations. It is also available via the MyUSF
App on Android and iOS, under Tampa Maps. USF Maps App encourages use of cleaner transportation alternatives.Details may be found
here -
http://www.usf.edu/administrative-services/parking/maps/index.aspx
Supplementary information may be found here - https://www.cutr.usf.edu/research-1/research-in-progress/


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Waste:

The USF Student Affairs Green Energy Fund regularly funds projects to reduce waste, as summarized here -http://www.usf.edu/studentaffairs/
green-energy-fund/projects/projects-by-type.aspx
As an example, a team of 3 students and staff were awarded $106,000 for a project that generates biodiesel from waste oil (from dining
halls and other sources within and outside of the USF campus) using a supercritical process technology. The first phase of the project built
a pilot system that generated about 400 gallons of biodiesel per week. The biodiesel generated from this project is used as a fuel for USF's
Bull Runner buses and replaces the purchase of biodiesel from other vendors. In addition to biodiesel, the project will also produce liquid
and solid soap as byproducts to achieve maximum utilization of the resource and generate additional income.
Details may be found here - http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/green-energy-fund/documents/project-proposals/renew-a-bull-biodieselproject.
pdf


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Water:

Anthropology / NSF Pire Living Laboratories for energy and water:
This PIRE (Partnerships in International Research and Education) project addresses integrated water and energy systems fundamental to
social, economic, and environmental well-being and prosperity. The project seeks to merge water and energy concerns with appropriate
cultural models of local knowledge, institutions, and resource limits. It also seeks to initiate a cultural shift in individual and university
research and education programs by developing international research competence and building capacity through global partnerships.
Engineering systems will be adapted to environmental and cultural changes associated with growth in human populations, urbanization,
and resource consumption by focusing on the interstices of geographical context, cultural analysis, and how the scale of implementation
of a solution impacts results. The overarching research question is: can effective, geographically-appropriate, and culturally relevant
engineered systems be established that utilize wastewater as a resource for recovery of energy, water, and nutrients.
https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1243510


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Coordination & Planning:

A Student Engineering team studied the feasibility of installing gym equipment that can be modified to create energy. This included
investigating the possibilities of energy generation in new equipment, Identify how much energy will be generated by changing the gym
equipment, determining the upfront cost the changes would incur vs the final savings the changes would produce.
PDF of presentation is included in the Additional documentation at the bottom


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Investment & Finance:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Public Engagement?:
No

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Public Engagement:
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Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Wellbeing & Work:

In partnership with St. Joseph’s John Knox, the AlwaysNear in-home sensory system is installed in a 506 sq-ft one bedroom apartment in
Tampa FL near USF campus. This “Living Lab” serves as a test bed for new technology evaluation, sensory system validation, and alert
and notification testing.
The sensory system consists of a combination of custom made and off-the-shelf sensors. Presently, there are 4 types of sensors operating in
the Living Lab (LL): Contact Sensors, Proximity Sensors, Motion Detectors and Pressure Switches. Details may be found here -
http://www.usf.edu/engineering/create-health/showcase/


Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to other areas (e.g. arts & culture or technology)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to other areas:

Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement” – a grant program from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. USF College of
The Arts in conjunction with Arts2Action introduces students and audiences to the diversity of Muslim and Arab identities, cultures, and
aesthetics. Partners in the project included schools in the College of The Arts, departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, multiple
centers and offices of the university and multiple student organizations of the university. Details may be found here -
http://theatreanddance.arts.usf.edu/content/templates/?a=4016&z=374


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