Living Lab


The PSU Living Lab program matches 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, urban planning, arts, and sciences have participated in the program. Staff partners include Campus Planning, Capital Projects & Construction, Transportation & Parking Services, and more. The program is facilitated as a partnership between the PSU Campus Sustainability Office, Facilities & Property Management department, and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.


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 Living Lab team "brokers" to implement course projects that deepen learning by engaging students in real campus sustainability challenges. Students benefit from increased knowledge about a range of sustainability-related topics and by gaining tangible skills through experiential education.

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.

2018-19 pages 10-13 of CSO Annual Report

2017-18 End of Year Report

2016-17 End of Year Report

2015-16 End of Year Report

Project Archive