Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.23
Liaison Kerry Case
Submission Date Aug. 15, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Westminster College - Utah
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kerry Case
Environmental Director
Environmental Center
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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?:
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 Air & Climate:

Students in an Economics 325 course completed a Cost Benefit Analysis of Westminster's Plan for Carbon Neutrality, and came to the conclusion that there was room for improvement in the college's purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), and suggested the purchase of wind turbines.


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:

Students in Social Justice by the Numbers course used campus energy/GHG data to identify impacts and potential reduction strategies. Students identified over lighting as a problem and proposed interventions to address the issue.


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:

Student energy analyst conducted research into comparative building energy intensity on campus and made recommendations about which buildings to target for future improvements.


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

Campus garden, orchard, and beehive areas are used for class-based student learning about food production, sustainable urban agriculture, and soil improvement.

Students have worked with dining services to conduct research about plant-based food preferences, bottled water purchasing, and food waste generation. These all have identified specific challenge areas and proposed strategies for improvement.


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:

In addition to the learning in the orchard and garden, students have used the grounds for projects, research, and learning related to pollination, wildlife habitat, native species, restoration, and water conservation. Student projects have led to improvements in all of these areas. Gardens and natural areas have been research foci in history, biology, and environmental studies.


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:

Students have conducted research into campus bike use, preferences, and barriers. Their research identified key barriers that allowed the college to revise bike services to better meet the needs of our campus community.

Students also assessed the potential demand for electric vehicle charging on campus.


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:

Students conducted a campus-wide waste inventory and used that, along with waste hauler data, to inform a campus waste management 3-year plan.

Students also conducted a post-consumer food waste audit to help determine the feasibility of sending food waste to new biodigester in our city.

Computer Science students also built a database for tracking and analyzing campus waste.


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:

The natural area surrounding Emigration Creek, which flows through campus, serves as a source of student learning related to water quality and ecology. The college partners with the local Division of Water Resources to collect and analyse data on stream flow and aquatic life. This work has identified challenge related to the urban water way.

Computer Science students also built a database for tracking and analyzing campus water use.


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

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

Students in a Fielding History course researched the college's historic participation in assimilation and conversion of Native American students. The work informed and was incorporated into a land acknowledgement proposal.


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:

Students in Psychology hold an annual mental health assessment day and analyze the findings from our campus population.


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)?:
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 other areas:

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