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.
Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Assist with outreach/marketing efforts of the sale of the farm's harvest production to Campus Dining, Terrace Eating Club, and/or greater community
Do diners waste more food when they know leftovers will go to a composting facility? If so, what interventions might be effective at changing behavior?
Design several recycling signs with different messaging. Which most effectively reduces contamination in recycling bins and reduces landfill waste?
Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?
Are current strategies effective at improving the water quality of Carnegie Lake? Which regional strategies would improve it further?
Which building materials and designs best conserve energy for heating and cooling?
Conduct an ecological assessment of campus natural systems including habitat types, biodiversity, soil characteristics, and more.