Campus as a Living Laboratory

For details about this credit, including the criteria, reporting timeframe, applicability, scoring, and more, please review the full credit language.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of programs count for this credit?

The intent of this credit is to recognize substantive work that involves active and experiential student learning and contributes to understanding or advancing sustainability. Examples include, but are not limited to, class projects, thesis projects, term papers, published papers.

Can projects be counted under multiple categories?

Yes. Projects that address multiple topics can be counted in each of those areas. Institutions earn 0.4 points for each area covered, regardless of how many projects there are in each area.

What is the difference between co-curricular activities and campus as a living lab activities?

Living lab activities have a course or classroom dimension (i.e., there are opportunities to formally document and assess what students are learning). In contrast, co-curricular activities typically do not have a formal course or classroom component.

Can employment opportunities or internships be counted for this credit?

Yes. Employment opportunities and internships that contribute toward sustainability can be claimed in this credit as long as there is a clear curricular or learning component reflected in the description.

Templates & Tools

Example Responses

Common Issues Identified During Review

  • If highlighting student co-curricular activities, employment opportunities and internships, there must be a clear curricular or learning component reflected in the description.
  • To count, an initiative must “contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability”, and the description provided should reflect that.

Additional Resources

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