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

What behavioral interventions can be deployed to reduce food waste in the dining halls and eating clubs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Are sustainability/recycling efforts at Reunions effective at capturing recyclables and/or changing behaviors?

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: social 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

A pilot waste collection bin is being implemented at 20 Washington. Assist with baseline data collection and assess the efficacy of design interventions. Propose recommendations for improvements.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: social sciences

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

Disciplines: social sciences

Perform a micro-level waste audit in outdoor dumpsters or common buildings (e.g., Frist) to find out which types of materials are being sent to the landfill.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

How much food is being wasted in different campus buildings?

Disciplines: social sciences

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