Cedar Valley College Launched Living Lab Initiative




Utilizing the dynamic sustainability learning opportunities available to students on campus, Cedar Valley College launched a living lab initiative last month that gives students the hands-on work skills they need as part of the education they receive in academic and technical programs. Dr. Maria Boccalandro, sustainability director at Cedar Valley College, says, “This is a unique opportunity to merge academics and campus facilities management to provide students with real-world skills and for our institution, a pathway to meet our sustainability goals.”

The living lab initiative focuses on four components: buildings, energy, transportation and community. Students will help conduct energy audits in the neighboring community of Cedar Hill to provide data and recommendations to home residents and commercial businesses on how they can reduce energy costs.

 

For more information, call 972-860-8142 or visit CedarValleyCollege.edu.

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