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.

Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Assist in carbon sequestration, energy consumption, and/or economic comparative analyses to traditional growing methods (e.g. greenhouse production)

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

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

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

Disciplines: social sciences

How much food is being wasted in different campus buildings?

Disciplines: social sciences

Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Define the economical sustainability (profitability and affordability) of producing wheat flour and/or soy milk with only indoor plants and define opportunities to improvement.

Disciplines: 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

Design and test an inexpensive, small-scale compost system to prevent compostable diningware from campus events from going to the landfill.

Disciplines: engineering