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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.

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

Experiment with new and innovative operational strategies that could be added to Princeton's greenhouse gas reduction portfolio to reach our aggressive reduction targets.

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Refine and update the campus energy Heatmap by filling in data for as many of the greyed-out buildings as possible.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Help construct a robotic webcam tracking device for monitoring the plants

Topics: buildings, food
Disciplines: engineering

Perform a thermal camera assessment on cold days to identify thermal leaks.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Investigate the relationship between fuel prices and transportation-mode choice of University faculty, staff, and commuting students.

Disciplines: social sciences

Examine ways of using occupancy sensing for other utilities in campus dorms, such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning systems).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

How is climate affecting the physiology of tree species? Monitor metrics of tree health over time to determine whether there is a correlation between changing climate patterns and tree health or decline.

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: natural sciences

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