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.

Are current strategies effective at improving the water quality of Carnegie Lake? Which regional strategies would improve it further?

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Study the life cycle costing of common campus building materials (stone, metal, etc.), energy technologies, and labor analysis and establish recommendations.

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Incorporate educational components (e.g. how to decrease usage or energy usage calculator of an office/dorm) on the Tiger Energy platform.

Disciplines: engineering

Evaluate the feasibility of use of water recovery from sewage for irrigation purposes (regulations, permits, etc).

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Which non-recyclable materials are the most prevalent contamination in recycling bins?

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

Expand the campus energy Heatmap to include all buildings in the campus carbon footprint (e.g. the High-Performance Computing Research Center at the Forrestal Campus).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

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