Campus as a Living Lab Project

Linking South San Francisco Bay Campus as Living Labs in a Learning Community

In academic year 2013-2014, the California State University Chancellor's Office funded San José State University to develop a Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) program to help infuse sustainability throughout our curriculum. We developed a learning community to advance sustainability curriculum at three campuses—San José State, De Anza College and Foothill College. As a result of our program, a diversity of faculty members at the three campuses are using campus sustainability features in their courses.

Of greatest interest to instructors are the nine teaching modules we developed.  Each module is designed as a stand-alone, single-class sustainability lesson, using each campus’ sustainability features. We designed them for ANY instructor to use in their courses. Each module includes key sustainability principles and provides a hands-on experience allowing students to explore aspects of their campus—and other local campuses—that promote sustainability. The lesson plan for each module is designed to be plug-and-play.  However, for each module we provide contact information for the module developer for instructors to contact if they need assistance.

For more information and the outcomes of the CLL Project, please visit the Project Description. For summaries of each module as well as the full module for download, please visit CLL Modules.

We hope you enjoy using these materials!  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lynne Trulio, the SJSU CLL coordinator, at