Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.05
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date June 13, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

The University of Texas at Dallas
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.20 / 4.00 Thea Junt
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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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 No
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation Yes
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No
Public Engagement No
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:
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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:

Student interns within Facilities Management provide support in assessing building efficiency & operations. The internship program at Facilities Management is in partnership with academics and contracted service providers to ensure students meet learning outcomes during their tenure.

For example, student interns gain hands-on experience in efficient design & operations, construction management and LEED green building requirements.


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 interns within Facilities Management gain experience in sustainable operations, composting and waste reduction.


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:

Student interns within Facilities Management gain experience working with PV technologies and smart city infrastructure design.


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:

Student interns within Facilities Management gain experience in food production, healthy eating, water conservation and composting. Student volunteers with the Office of Student Volunteerism participate in habitat restoration and conservation events on campus and across the area. A monarch waystation and a community garden operate as on campus living labs for 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:

Student interns within Facilities Management gain experience working with and learning about green vehicles, city infrastructure and the use of alternative fuels.


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:

Student interns within Facilities Management gain experience in waste management, recycling, and producing and reusing composted materials.


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:

Student interns within Facilities Management gain experience in quantifying water consumption inside buildings and on landscape. Interns also perform calculations to determine water usage per capita.


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:

Student interns within Facilities Management gain experience in designing green buildings and tracking the performance of those buildings post-construction.


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:
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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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