Campus as a Living Laboratory
At Rutgers University, we view all of our campuses as a living laboratories for students, faculty, staff and community members to develop, test, and implement solutions to address the sustainability challenges threatening the health of people and the planet. By linking the creative new ideas of students with the expertise of our faculty and staff, we are able to implement innovative solutions that not only benefit our campuses, but our local communities and the State of New Jersey as well.
The continuous research and collaboration supports the mission of Rutgers, and also contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“Rutgers will create living laboratories for sustainability by performing discovery and applied research, and by implementing models of sustainable practices on our campuses in New Jersey. The University will seek to provide students with opportunities to live and work in a sustainable environment, leverage the University’s field stations and extension services in support of both discovery and community outreach, and become a national center for measuring sustainability outcomes for industries, businesses, and communities. Furthermore, Rutgers will form strategic alliances with business and government to address sustainability challenges.”
– A Strategic Plan for the New Rutgers, February 2014: p 50.