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.

Conduct a cost-benefit analysis for building a recycling center on campus

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

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

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

Design an exhibit for the Office of Sustainability’s GreenSpace in Frist to increase awareness and behaviors around the University’s sustainable systems (i.e. recycling guidelines, reuse options…etc). What other strategies could help increase the GreenSpace’s visibility and level of student interaction?

Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts

Study the campus biodigester to explore research opportunities around food waste conversion  

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Use your design skills to think about how Princeton might communicate and enact its sustainability initiatives more effectively through e.g. signage, logos, iconography, and so on.

Disciplines: humanities and arts

Update and/or design a new chapter that captures the essence of Princeton in the environment/sustainability category for the Mapping Princeton project

Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts, natural sciences, social sciences