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Current Course Offerings - Spring 2017

Princeton University offers a wide range of sustainability-related and sustainability-focused courses across multiple disciplines, some of which specifically integrate the campus environs or infrastructure into the curriculum. Examples are featured below:

Advanced Programming Techniques

campus heat map Princeton Energy Heatmap

Brian Kernighan, Acting Director, Digital Humanities Center

COS 333

Opportunity to analyze a campus system in your software design project. For example, a previous group of COS 333 students created a campus Heatmap to visualize energy usage across campus buildings. Contact Caroline Savage,, or browse our list of research questions for project ideas.

Designing Sustainable Systems

Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

ENE 202/ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206

Final project involves designing a sustainable system for campus.

The Environmental Nexus

Stephen Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values; Robert Nixon, Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment and Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute; Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

ENV 200A-F

The laboratory section will feature two Campus as Lab projects. One will use data from Tiger Energy to compare building energy usage by square foot, and another will be a biodigester experiment in which students will process food scraps collected from the dining halls, and incubate them with an inoculum from a local waste treatment plan into sealed jars. The production of biogas (mainly methane) will be monitored over time. The goal is to demonstrate how waste can be used to generate energy, in a process that decreases dramatically the carbon footprint of our food.

The Ecocritical Exhibition: Pursuing Sustainability at the Princeton University Art Museum

Alan Braddock, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities of Art and Archaeology and the Princeton Environmental Institute

ENV 330/ART 342

Contribute to an interdisciplinary data visualization project on the environmental impact for the Princeton University Art Museum’s 2018 exhibition “Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment”

Hydrology/Physical Hydrology

James Smith, William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE 306 / CEE 586

Undergraduate/graduate courses with the potential to study hydrologic cycles and climatology by analyzing flux and surface exchange measurements from data loggers around campus.

Environmental Engineering Laboratory

Elie Bou-Zeid, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Acting Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources; James Smith, William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE 308

Materials in Civil Engineering

Claire White, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

CEE 364/ARC 364

Students will experiment with sustainable concrete solutions.

Soil Mechanics

Raymond Sandiford, Geotechnical and foundation practice leader at HNTB Corporation

CEE 365

Design project will research campus soils

State of the Earth:  Shifts and Cycles (in France and Spain)

Adam Maloof, Associate Professor of Geosciences
Frederik Simons, Associate Professor of Geosciences

FRS 124

In this freshman seminar, you will combine field observations of the natural world with quantitative modeling and interpretation to answer questions such as: How have Earth and human histories been recorded in the geology of Princeton, the Catskills, France, and Spain, and what experiments can you do to query such archives of the past? In the classroom, through problem sets, and around campus, you will gain practical experience collecting geological and geophysical data in geographic context. You will analyze these data using statistical techniques such as regression and time series analysis, with the programming language MATLAB.

Sustainability at Princeton University

Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Environmental Engineering and International Affairs at Princeton University

WWS Task Force (.docx)

Open to Woodrow Wilson School juniors as an option for the Task Force departmental requirement. 

For the most current information, consult course listings of the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Past Course Offerings

Course Title Instructor(s) Dist. Area Project Examples
ENV 327 Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton Shana Weber EM Fall 2016
ENE 561/WWS 586C The Psychology of Environmental Decision Making Sander van der Linden

Spring 2016

Spring 2015

ENE 202/ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206 Designing Sustainable Systems - Applying the Science of Sustainability to Address Global Change Forrest Meggers STN Spring 2015
Development of Policy Initiatives for the Sustainable Use of Energy at Princeton University Denise Mauzerall WWS Junior Task Force Spring 2007