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.

Use archived data from the Sensor Network Over Princeton (SNOP) project to assess different mitigation strategies of the urban heat island effect.

Disciplines: engineering

A pilot waste collection bin is being implemented at 20 Washington. Assist with baseline data collection and assess the efficacy of design interventions. Propose recommendations for improvements.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: social sciences

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

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

What is the difference between the quality of harvested rainwater compared to domestic water? Are the impacts on plants of each different over time?

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Which pathway is more comprehensively sustainable (in terms of cost, energy use, etc.) for food waste conversion using a biodigester: Composting or energy production?

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Use the Urban Cultivator, an indoor hydroponic growing system located in Café Vivian, to explore yield and nutritional quality from different types of growing methods.

Topics: food
Disciplines: natural 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

What are the direct and indirect benefits and costs of installing campus electric commuter vehicle charging stations?

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences