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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, cs35@princeton.edu, 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 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”

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

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 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.

Hydrology

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

CEE 306   

Undergraduate-level course with the potential to study hydrologic cycles on campus

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 and test them as a viable building material in Princeton’s climate.

Physical Hydrology

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

CEE 586

Graduate-level course with the potential to study hydrologic cycles on campus

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. If any WWS seniors are interested in being a senior commissioner for the course, please contact Professor Mauzerall.  

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