Campus as a Living Laboratory

The Ohio State University is a world-renowned research institution that has experts conducting research in nearly every field imaginable.  The academic mission of the university generates a necessary but large operational need.  Ohio State seeks to integrate campus operations and life into the classroom and research of the university.  This hands-on experience will enhance the knowledge of Ohio State graduates.  The campus can be used to research areas of energy, water, materials management, logistics, healthy environments, food and food security, social and psychological issues, marketing and communications, and much more. 

We invite the campus community to submit their ideas to our Idea Foundry – which some day may become projects.  We also encourage the community to browse the database of potential projects for classroom or project ideas.  If you are just curious or would like to build on completed research and projects, please visit our Campus as a Living Laboratory Library.


What Qualifies as a Living Laboratory Project?

A Campus as a Living Laboratory project is a paper, poster, report, video, and or study that analyzes an issue related to The Ohio State University’s campus. Categories typically range from energy, community, materials, transportation, and stewardship.

Projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Involve collaboration between Ohio State staff, faculty, and students.  A faculty or staff member must sponsor the project.
  • Involve a real-world, sustainability issue at Ohio State
  • Contribute to academic credit for students
  • Document goals, steps both planned and taken, final outcomes


Potential Projects

Whether you need an idea for your upcoming paper or you're a staff member that would like to see examples, our database holds some ideas. These ideas are fluid and can be used as a starting point or as a way to spur other ideas. Please browse our current database.

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