University at Albany

Campus as a Living Lab

A living lab is a given place where problem-based teaching, researching and applied work combine to develop actionable solutions that make that place more sustainable. These living labs accelerate transitions to a more sustainable place through joint commitments from students, faculty, staff and local residents to design, implement, adapt and teach new approaches that address issues of equity, economy and ecology.

Living labs that couple academic rigor with applied learning on sustainability-related campus infrastructure projects provide an opportunity for community colleges to address many of these objectives simultaneously:

  • Facilitate experiential learning and make curricula relevant
  • Reduce the carbon footprint
  • Use institutional resources efficiently
  • Improve college completion

The University at Albany utilizes its infrastructure and operations for multidisciplinary student learning, applied research and practical work that advances sustainability on campus in at least one of the following areas:

  • Air & Climate
  • Buildings
  • Dining Services/Food
  • Energy
  • Grounds
  • Purchasing
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Coordination, Planning & Governance
  • Diversity & Affordability
  • Health, Wellbeing & Work
  • Investment
  • Public Engagement

Explore some of the Campus as a Living Laboratory opportunities and examples at the University at Albany here.