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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.
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Incorporate weather-normalized data into the residential college ranking on the Tiger Energy platform.
Which building materials and designs best conserve energy for heating and cooling?
How can the energy/water systems in the Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) be optimized for maximum energy and cost efficiency?
What is the effect of "living walls" on indoor air quality? Use sensors to monitor the indoor air quality in the Office of Sustainability's trailer, comparing the West side (with wall plants) vs East side (no wall plants).
Refine and update data displayed on the Tiger Energy platform by conducting a submetering pilot.
Conduct a full economic analysis of green roofs to evaluate their dollar savings, including: Protection from UV radiation, temperature volatility/HVAC costs, stormwater runoff, air quality, CO2 sequestration, biodiversity, aesthetics. Use data on soil moisture, rainfall, and other meteorological parameters from the Butler green roofs.
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.