Living Lab

What is Living Lab?How to Participate |Program Highlights| Archive

 

What is Living Lab?

The PSU Living Lab program is a partnership between the PSU Campus Sustainability Office, Facilities and Property Management department, and Institute for Sustainable Solutions that matches motivated faculty and students with University staff to work on projects that support PSU’s campus sustainability goals. Students and faculty across disciplines such as engineering, business, planning, arts, and sciences have participated in the program. Staff partners include Campus Planning, Capital Projects & Construction, Transportation & Parking Services, and more.

Mission 

The Living Lab program aims to bridge the gap between opportunities in education and improved campus operations by bringing together a diverse team of campus stakeholders to solve a problem, explore an applied research question, or ignite an initiative that assists the University in achieving its sustainability goals. Operational staff benefit from high-quality research on projects directly targeting campus plans. Faculty benefit from the support of brokers such as ISS to implement course projects that deepen learning by engaging students in real campus sustainability issues. Students benefit from gaining tangible skills through experiential education focused on campus sustainability issues. 

How to Participate

Check out the get involved page to review projects currently seeking participants. 

Program Highlights 

Learn more about Living Lab projects by viewing the academic year reports and project archive, below. You can also read about current and past projects on the project highlights page.

2017-18 End of Year Report

2016-17 End of Year Report

2015-16 End of Year Report

Project Archive