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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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Explore several types of energy pricing forecasts. Are there any forecasts under which pursuing green energy alternatives makes more financial sense than conventional energy systems, and, if so, what are the benefits and drawbacks of using those forecasts?
Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.
What are the direct and indirect benefits and costs of installing campus electric commuter vehicle charging stations?
Refine and update the campus energy Heatmap by filling in data for as many of the greyed-out buildings as possible.
How would the carbon footprint of Princeton University be affected by a measured percent reduction in animal product consumption per student?
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).
Experiment with new and innovative operational strategies that could be added to Princeton's greenhouse gas reduction portfolio to reach our aggressive reduction targets.
Conduct a full economic analysis of green roofs to evaluate their dollar savings, including: Protection from UV radiation, temperature volatility/HVAC costs, stormwater runoff, air quality, CO2 sequestration, biodiversity, aesthetics. Use data on soil moisture, rainfall, and other meteorological parameters from the Butler green roofs.