Use the campus as a living laboratory for developing global solutions.
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Faculty use the campus as a living lab space to educate their students on issues of sustainability. Below are faculty examples across a variety of disciplines reported in our 2015-2016 Academic Survey to inspire further usage of the campus as a living lab.
Usage of Campus as a Living Lab
In Environmental Communication, student teams research and develop communication materials for the SCU Center for Sustainability to influence behavior on a host of issues on campus.
In 2015, students in Dialogue and Deliberation organized a campus dialogue on how the University should conserve water during the California drought and made policy recommendations to the University.
|Economics||Student teams led a sustainable agriculture simulation in the Forge Garden. Roles included farmers, agriculture lobbyists, and government bodies.|
Students studying microgrids used the SCU grid as an example. This also initiated additional thought on the future of the SCU microgrid and the future of microgrids in general.
A student research group used social media to study food and farming. They posted articles, facts, stories, and more related to the topic to get their groups talking about sustainability. This group also featured the Forge Garden frequently and learned a great deal about the produce in the garden.