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.

Which building materials and designs best conserve energy for heating and cooling?

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

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.

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Design a student feedback tool on building conditions (e.g. temperature, humidity).

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

Use archived data from the Sensor Network Over Princeton (SNOP) project to assess different mitigation strategies of the urban heat island effect.

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

Propose a cost-benefit analysis for issues like stormwater management, analyzing different alternatives and the impact on broader systems.

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Incorporate mitigation efforts (e.g. how Frick uses much less energy than a traditional lab building) on the campus energy Heatmap.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

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