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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!
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Collect baseline data on water clarity, oxygen levels, and organic carbon in Lake Carnegie to determine the effect of gasoline loads on water quality
What zero-waste strategies for large campus events (e.g. Reunions) or for daily operations in selected buildings are the most effective?
Incorporate mitigation efforts (e.g. how Frick uses much less energy than a traditional lab building) on the campus energy Heatmap.
Is there a connection between habits formed at Lawnparties and later behaviors at Reunions?
Investigate the relationship between fuel prices and transportation-mode choice of University faculty, staff, and commuting students.
Are current strategies effective at improving the water quality of Carnegie Lake? Which regional strategies would improve it further?