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.

Refine and update the campus energy Heatmap by filling in data for as many of the greyed-out buildings as possible.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Evaluate the baseline heat island effects on the University and investigate cost-effective methods for reducing those effects (e.g. lighter colored asphalt installed at Grounds and Building storage area vs normal asphalt).

Disciplines: engineering

How much food is being wasted in different campus buildings?

Disciplines: social sciences

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?

Disciplines: social sciences

Incorporate community buildings in downtown Princeton into the Tiger Energy platform.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

This year Campus Dining will reach incoming freshmen over the summer with a presentation about sustainability in dining. Will it change behavior?

Disciplines: 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

Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.

Disciplines: engineering

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