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Campus as classroom

Staff and students tour the HotRot in-vessel composting unit

The Campus as Classroom concept is about utilising the University's beautiful and ecologically diverse campus and practical environmental management initiatives as a learning tool to teach students real-world skills.

Benefits of using the campus as a classroom include:

  • The campus offers an ideal laboratory for students to test out classroom theory
  • Campus projects require no travel and fit easily into your course schedule
  • The concepts of sustainability can be applied to any discipline - students enrolled in courses from Science to Arts to Business have all completed campus sustainability projects for assessment.
  • Involvement in campus projects offers a form of experiential learning that truly engages students in a hands-on learning process.

Example projects include:

  • Sustainability reporting and business plans
  • Marketing green office or residential programs
  • Cost - benefit analysis of sustainability policies
  • Energy or water conservation planning, analysis and implementation
  • Green design
  • Applied environmental management
  • Ecological footprint studies
  • Carbon emissions and mitigation studies

For a complete list of academic projects that have utilised this concept since 2006, see Campus as Classroom Student Projects.

Watch the Campus as Classroom video to see some of the ways that campus sustainability initiatives have been integrated into research and teaching.

Have questions? Want ideas for campus projects that would meet your course's learning objectives? Contact for more information.

ANU publications on the Campus as a Classroom theme:

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