Living Lab Projects

A True Campus Impact

Faculty, staff, and students have collaborated on numerous projects to solve campus sustainability challenges. These projects result in tangible changes that inspire leaders, build a stronger community, and create thriving natural systems.

EXPLORE Living Lab projects (& Add or Update Your Project)

The spreadsheet embedded below is designed to capture and describe the full scope of Living Lab projects at UGA. As of November 2022 we are still working to capture all efforts at UGA that constitute a Living Lab class, student, or intern project. Faculty and Staff are encouraged to add directly to this project list to ensure its completeness, and to inspire and share with others. 


Model Examples of Living Lab Projects

We have selected a few examples of outstanding Living Lab Projects to highlight a few of the components that help lead  Living Lab Project to successful outcomes.



Waste Reduction Services - Carbon Footprint Analysis

A Sustainability Certificate capstone course (SUST 4500) assisted WRS in calculating their operational carbon footprint.


UGA Campus Arboretum

The Campus Arboretum has nearly a quarter century history on campus and highlights the diversity and ecosystem benefits of campus trees via tree walks, interpretive signage, and sharing of tree inventory data.


UGA Pollinator Project

The Pollinator Project promotes pollinator well-being through habitat enhancement, education, outreach, research, & collaborative projects among students, faculty, staff and the community.

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Living Lab Projects


Recent UGA Living Lab Projects

Campus LED Retrofit Analysis (2020)

College of Engineering, Utility and Energy Managment 

A student team in the College of Engineering's Sustainable Building Design course was tasked with assisting UGA's Facility Management Division (FMD) in its LED retrofit project. The department has been actively replacing the existing lighting fixtures or bulbs with high efficiency LED replacements. The team identified the quantity of various fixtures to be removed and the associated costs for making the conversion in three campus buildings.