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 would the carbon footprint of Princeton University be affected by a measured percent reduction in animal product consumption per student?

Topics: energy, food
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

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

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

Topics: buildings, food
Disciplines: engineering

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

This year Campus Dining will reach incoming freshmen over the summer with a presentation about sustainability in dining. Will it change behavior?

Disciplines: social sciences

Use the Urban Cultivator, an indoor hydroponic growing system located in Café Vivian, to explore yield and nutritional quality from different types of growing methods.

Topics: food
Disciplines: natural sciences

Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Assist with outreach/marketing efforts of the sale of the farm's harvest production to Campus Dining, Terrace Eating Club, and/or greater community

Topics: food, purchasing
Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Do diners waste more food when they know leftovers will go to a composting facility? If so, what interventions might be effective at changing behavior?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences