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.

What are the bottled water purchase patterns on campus and what are the most effective way to reduce those purchases?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Is there a connection between habits formed at Lawnparties and later behaviors at Reunions?

Disciplines: social sciences

Design several recycling signs with different messaging. Which most effectively reduces contamination in recycling bins and reduces landfill waste?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, 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

Which building materials and designs best conserve energy for heating and cooling?

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

What are the most effective mechanisms to encourage University faculty, staff and commuting students to utilize public transportation, bicycles, and walking to get to and from campus?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Refine and update data displayed on the Tiger Energy platform by conducting a submetering pilot.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

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

Disciplines: engineering

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