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!
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Evaluate the psychological, social, and cognitive effects of entering dark spaces to more accurately quantify the cost and benefit of turning dorm corridor lights off more frequently.
Do campus programs, such as Earth Day, contribute to changes in behaviors of attendees?
Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?
What are the most effective mechanisms to encourage University faculty, staff and commuting students to utilize public transportation, bicycles, and walking to get to and from campus?
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?
Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.
Is there a connection between habits formed at Lawnparties and later behaviors at Reunions?
Collect baseline data on dorm waste left behind during move-out, both through empirical analysis of the waste, and qualitative surveys, to greater clarify and inform the need for a more reliable, less economically challenging avenue of dorm item management.