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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!
If you have a campus as lab research question that should be included on this list you can submit it using our contact form.
Evaluate the efficacy of long-term gamification to promote sustainable behaviors by developing a smartphone app that creates a year-long competition around recycling quality.
How do artificial athletic turf fields compare in temperature to natural grass athletic fields? Is there a significant difference in heat profiles?
Write the history of sustainability initiatives at Princeton. How have they changed, and why—and what’s been lost and what’s been gained?
Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.
What is the effect of "living walls" on indoor air quality? Use sensors to monitor the indoor air quality in the Office of Sustainability's trailer, comparing the West side (with wall plants) vs East side (no wall plants).
Conduct a cost-benefit analysis for building a recycling center on campus
Incorporate mitigation efforts (e.g. how Frick uses much less energy than a traditional lab building) on the campus energy Heatmap.