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SBU's Office of Sustainability manages the Campus Learning Laboratory, which serves to organize and communicate many sustainability-related student research projects under one umbrella. Within the Campus Learning Laboratory, the Office of Sustainability partners with a number of academic Departments in order to establish initiatives which allow students to solve complex, real world University challenges. Laboratory initiatives allow students, faculty and staff to collaborate and develop solutions which are framed around sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and energy efficiency.

The Campus Learning Laboratory incorporates initiatives with a variety of different academic disciplines, including those with the Sustainability Studies Program, Department of Computer Sciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Department of Transportation & Parking Operations and the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, which serve to provide students with exciting learning environments that yield progressive solutions.

In 2011, the Campus Learning Laboratory launched its' first initiative when the Department of Transportation & Parking Operations teamed up with the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and Department of Computer Science to develop SBU Smart Transit, which is an information system that uses GPS technology and mobile applications to communicate SBU Transit bus/shuttle information. The system provides real-time transit information to the University community, which enables SBU Transit operators to review ridership and adjust operations accordingly with sustainability and fuel efficiency in mind.

Many Laboratory initiatives are organized across a number of semesters, which enables each project to be continually enhanced by different students each semester. In addition to transportation, the Laboratory also incorporated initiatives that involve building energy efficiency studies, energy harvesting, landscape/planting and sustainability planning. The following is a list of current Campus Learning Laboratory initiatives;

Timeline Sustainability
Focus Area
Department Initiative Name Initiative Description
Started
Summer
2011;
2011-12,
2012-13,
2013-14,
2014-15,
2015-16
Transportation Center of Excellence in Wireless Information Technology & Computer Science SBU Smart Transit Development and enhancement of SBU Smart Transit, which is an information system that integrates vehicle GPS routers, tablet displays, passenger counters, card readers and software. System communicates transit arrival times using on websites, campus signage and mobile applications. System also designed to provide passenger utilization reports and allow operators to enhance sustainability by using smaller vehicles at non-peak times.
2012-13,
2013-14,
2014-15
Energy Mechanical Engineering Energy Harvesting Shock Absorber Harvest energy from vehicle shock absorbers and use harvested energy to power systems onboard vehicles to increase fuel economy.
2012-13,
2013-14,
2014-15
Energy Mechanical Engineering Speed Bump Energy Harvester Harvest energy from parking lot speed bumps, store energy in batteries and use energy to power area systems, such as lighting, to potentially decrease utility consumption.
2012-13,
2013-14,
2014-15
Energy Mechanical Engineering On Road Energy Harvester Harvest energy from on road devices, store energy in batteries and use energy to power area systems, such as lighting, to decrease utility consumption.
Fall 2012 &
Spring 2013
Energy Mechanical Engineering Thermoelectric Heat Energy Harvester Harvest energy from thermoelectric devices on power plant piping, store energy and use it to power information systems when power plant is not operational.
Spring 2012 Energy Efficiency Sustainability Studies Student Lighting Audit - Phase 1 Study of Student Activities Center, Earth Space & Sciences, Library and Social & Behavioral Science building interior and exterior lighting use, fixtures type, energy consumption, controls, exterior window treatment use and occupant behavior in order to identify potential opportunities for conservation, behavioral changes and education.
Fall 2012 Energy Efficiency Sustainability Studies Student Lighting Audit - Phase 2 Study of Life Sciences, Math/Physics and Grad Chemistry building interior and exterior lighting use, fixtures type, energy consumption, controls, exterior window treatment use and occupant behavior in order to identify potential opportunities for conservation, behavioral changes and education.
Fall 2013 Energy Efficiency Sustainability Studies Building Utility Consumption Audit - Fall 2013 Survey buildings utility use focusing on energy utilization, elevator utilization, occupant behavior patterns, scheduling and use, in order to reduce energy consumption and limit impact on the natural environment.
Fall 2014 Environment & Urban Planning Sustainability Studies Urban Environment Study Study to analyze urban environments and identify sustainability-related recommendations which may be used for future planning. The urban environment that will be the primary focus of the Study is the transportation and pedestrian hub that encompasses the Student Activities Center (SAC) and Engineering Drive vehicular traffic circles.
Fall 2014 Transportation Department of Mechanical Engineering Traffic & Transportation Study Study University traffic patterns and existing transportation services in order to potentially enhance services and mitigate traffic impact during peak days and times.
Spring 2015 Sustainability Sustainability Studies Sustainable Landscapes Develop a detailed design plan for the large planter located on the north side of the Student Activites Center. The design plan goal was to improve the overall aesthetics of the plant redesign as well as maximize University resources and address sustainability related issues.

For additional information on the Office of Sustainability's Campus Learning Laboratory or to suggest a sustainability-related student initiative, please contact:

Stony Brook University
Office of Sustainability
E-mail: sustainability@stonybrook.edu


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