Need a Research Question?

The following topics have been identified in partnership with University operational departments and faculty from various academic departments to assist students in identifying potential JP, Senior Thesis and graduate research topics using the campus itself as a living laboratory for sustainability problem-solving.

Please browse below, or use the sorting options to the right to narrow your search by topic or discipline. Contact the Campus as Lab team, Caroline Savage and Gina Talt '15, for more information or questions!

If you have a campus as lab research question that should be included on this list you can submit it using our contact form.

Study the campus biodigester to explore research opportunities around food waste conversion  

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

What behavioral interventions can be deployed to reduce food waste in the dining halls and eating clubs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Build and pilot a “Red Light – Green Light” visual system for bathroom showers and sinks that indicates an individual’s water usage and assess its effectiveness on water conservation 

Disciplines: engineering

Study the changes in the movement and location of the campus Adirondack lawn chairs to evaluate the cultural significance and utilization of campus green spaces.

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

How would the carbon footprint of Princeton University be affected by a measured percent reduction in animal product consumption per student?

Topics: energy, food
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

Conduct a cost-benefit analysis for building a recycling center on campus

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Use archived data from the Sensor Network Over Princeton (SNOP) project to assess different mitigation strategies of the urban heat island effect.

Disciplines: engineering

Explore the influence of the deep, historically-rooted cultural meanings of the Princeton landscape and/or of its architecture on the university’s approach to sustainability

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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