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.
Access research questions (.pdf) on the long-term monitoring and data analysis of the Washington Stream Restoration.
Evaluate the feasibility of use of water recovery from sewage for irrigation purposes (regulations, permits, etc).
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.
Evaluate the costs and benefits of more sustainable equipment options for landscape maintenance (hedge trimmers, weed whackers, leaf blowers, etc).
Conduct an ecological assessment of campus natural systems including habitat types, biodiversity, soil characteristics, and more.
What combination of natural products and synthetics is optimal for sustainable and effective landscape management?
Sample catch basins from surface water monitoring to identify higher levels of surface water pollution