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Living Lab

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

It is human nature that we, as humans, learn more by being an active participant in learning. The campus as a living laboratory model is exactly that; taking an active role or a hand’s on approach to learning.
Here at CSUSM, we are actively engaged in creating opportunities for students to learn through the campus as a living laboratory model. We are the recipient of two (2) CSU Campus as a Living Laboratory Grants for 2015 (both of these grants are for a full 2 years):
  1. Raising a Mixed-Use Greenhouse: Connecting Students, Facilities, Courses and Research

    Working with the Biology department, Dr. Tracey Brown will be working to re-design Biology 338, Human Impact on the Environment, to include a more holistic theme of sustainability and to showcase and connect students to our campus operations, buildings and grounds. In addition, the grant will fund the partial construction of a campus greenhouse, which will be used for hand’s on learning.
  2. Developing and Reporting Sustainable University Business Practices Course Redesign

    The College of Business Administration (COBA) faculty member, Dr. Catalin Ratiu will be re-designing his Management 474 course to focus on internal business practices within CSUSM.

Current courses that use this model include:

  • Community Ethnobotany Course (Anthropology 470):
    Professor Dr. Bonnie Bade teaches this unique, hand’s on course. If you haven’t checked out the Ethnobotany Garden - please do so! It’s located between Kellogg Library and the University Student Union.
  • Food Systems and Emerging Markets (Geography 460)
    Professor Dr. Greig Guthey teaches this course which uses the Sustainable Food Project Garden, located by the Center for Children and Families. The garden allows students to understand food justice, organic practices and growing practices along with the classroom work.  



Students working in drought tollerant garden

Living Lab group