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.

Implement a sensor system in mail slots or bathrooms so staff can avoid unnecessary trips

Topics: buildings
Disciplines: engineering

How do artificial athletic turf fields compare in temperature to natural grass athletic fields? Is there a significant difference in heat profiles?

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

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

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

How would the carbon footprint of Princeton University be affected by a measured percent reduction in animal product consumption per student?

Topics: energy, food
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

Determine the efficacy of free food listserv compared to a free food camera at MIT. How could Princeton's current Free Food listserv be improved to optimize consumption of leftovers?

Disciplines: engineering, 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

Perform a micro-level waste audit in outdoor dumpsters or common buildings (e.g., Frist) to find out which types of materials are being sent to the landfill.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: natural sciences, 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