UBC Living Lab: Innovation In Accelerating The Adoption Of Sustainable Technologies For Campus Infrastructure

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2014-11

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Save, P.W.
Froese, Thomas M.

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Any group that creates challenging goals also requires a strategy to achieve them. In the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) case, the goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 33% below 2007 levels by 2015, and 100% by 2050. A part of the strategy is a Campus as a Living Lab program to simultaneously meet increasing infrastructure capacity requirements while achieving sustainability goals. The Campus as Living Lab collaborates with industry partners, operations, and researchers to utilize the campus as a test bed for commercialization of sustainable technologies. This paper explores this program and its replicability to other institutions. This exploration involved developing business process models for current practices at UBC, and an ethnographic study to extract key transferable characteristics for replicability. The research culminates in a series of generic business process models that illustrate what is required to create a Campus as a Living Lab program.

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P. Save, T. Froese. UBC Living Lab: Innovation In Accelerating The Adoption Of Sustainable Technologies For Campus Infrastructure, 2nd International Conf. On Urban Sustainability and Resilience, University College London, London, UK, Nov. 3-5, 2014