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.

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

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

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

Disciplines: engineering

How much food is being wasted in different campus buildings?

Disciplines: 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

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: 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

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

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