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.

Perform a thermal camera assessment on cold days to identify thermal leaks.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

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

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).

Topics: buildings
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Incorporate community buildings in downtown Princeton into the Tiger Energy platform.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Incorporate weather-normalized data into the residential college ranking on the Tiger Energy platform.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Incorporate educational components (e.g. how to decrease usage or energy usage calculator of an office/dorm) on the Tiger Energy platform.

Disciplines: engineering

Expand the campus energy Heatmap to include all buildings in the campus carbon footprint (e.g. the High-Performance Computing Research Center at the Forrestal Campus).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Use Tiger Energy/Heatmap to analyze how energy usage compares across campus buildings in terms of intended use, size, or other variables.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

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