How It Works

UGA Living Lab

The UGA campus functions as a living laboratory where students, faculty and staff work together to solve sustainability challenges. Operational staff benefit from student energy and faculty expertise while students gain hands-on opportunities to apply their knowledge to real problems. UGA Living Lab leverages existing resources across the university to improve operational effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.

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Have a Campus Need?

UGA Living Lab is looking for campus needs that can be addressed by faculty and students across campus. The needs of UGA's operational units will be shared with our faculty partners.

Share a Need

Looking to Solve a Need?

UGA Living Lab is looking for faculty partners who have an interest in incorporating campus needs into their curriculum. Our current needs are gathered from operational partners across campus.

Find a Project

Completed a project? 

UGA Living Lab helps facilitate the cataloging of past projects through our online library. Please fill out the Project Reflection document and submit it to our reflection survey.

Log a Project

Connect to solve

The UGA Living Lab Partner Network serves to connect problem-solvers with solution-seekers across campus. Operational staff and academic faculty are publicly listed on our partners page to facilitate collaboration. Please explore our database to find campus partners with related interests and campus needs.

Find a Partner

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Join the Partner Network

Complete the partner sign-up form to begin participating in UGA Living Lab.  Publicize your willingness to collaborate on projects by sharing your responsibilities and interests.

Share your campus needs

Complete the campus need form when you or your department has identified a sustainability-related challenge. To facilitate your search for a solution, campus needs will be publicly available. 

Connect to solve

Search through our campus need database for relevant challenges and contact the project partner. Use our partner database to find collaborators who may not have specific needs at the time.

Looking for a Sustainability Grant Project?

The Office of Sustainability provides Campus Sustainability Grants up to $5,000 to current UGA students who wish to initiate projects that advance sustainability through education, research, service, and campus operations. If you are an individual or team looking to work on a grant project, we welcome you to look through the current Campus Needs. Please reach out to the listed project partner to express your interest in solving their challenge.

Looking for a sustainability internship?

The Office of Sustainability Student Internship Program provides opportunities for experiential learning while making a positive and tangible impact within the University of Georgia and Athens communities. If you are a student interested in solving campus and community sustainability problems, we welcome you to apply for our intern program. Community partners can submit potential projects to the Partnership for a Sustainable Athens program.