Campus as a Living Lab

Utilizing the IUPUI campus as a living laboratory for sustainability

Universities are uniquely situated to address their own operational sustainability goals while also providing real-life sustainability experiences for students and researchers.  IUPUI Sustainability often partners with faculty to use courses, capstone classes, research projects, and internships to provide students with hands-on sustainability opportunities that advance IUPUI's sustainability goals.

Example living lab projects

  • A group of students enrolled in the O'Neill undergraduate capstone benchamarked campus buildings against LEED Operations + Maintenance practices to make recommendations for how to improve operations in pursuit of LEED O+M certification for campus buildings.  
  • The Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) offers service learning experiences that collect data for IUPUI's annual biodiversity assessment, as well as updating the campus' tree canopy data. Students from any class and major are welcome to sign up for these service learning events.
  • The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) conducts energy audits of campus buildings and makes energy efficiency recommendations back to the campus.