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.

How can the energy/water systems in the Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) be optimized for maximum energy and cost efficiency?

Topics: energy, buildings, food, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Which pathway is more comprehensively sustainable (in terms of cost, energy use, etc.) for food waste conversion using a biodigester: Composting or energy production?

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

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?

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.

Disciplines: engineering

Improve the campus energy Heatmap by adding features to increase engagement with the app.

Disciplines: engineering

Incorporate mitigation efforts (e.g. how Frick uses much less energy than a traditional lab building) on the campus energy Heatmap.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Use Tiger Energy/Heatmap to analyze how energy usage compares across campus buildings in terms of intended use, size, or other variables.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Use data about energy systems on campus to understand energy use over time. Plot energy use from different campus systems relative to the academic year or a smaller period of time. Do usage patterns exist?

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

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