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.

Develop a CartShare app, similar to the Zagster bikeshare program app, as a fleet management tool to allow students and staff to more easily find and reserve available golf carts. 

Topics: transportation
Disciplines: engineering

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

Conduct ethnographic studies of faculty experiences with sustainability on campus

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.

Disciplines: engineering

What combination of natural products and synthetics is optimal for sustainable and effective landscape management?

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: natural sciences

Collect baseline data on water clarity, oxygen levels, and organic carbon in Lake Carnegie to determine the effect of gasoline loads on water quality

Topics: water
Disciplines: natural sciences

Study campus roofs for viability of adding solar panels (e.g. Baker Rink, Dillon Gym) and/or test new photovoltaic technology

Topics: energy, buildings

Research and design local carbon offset projects in NJ, such as local tree planting, as potential solutions to achieve the University’s next carbon reduction goal

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

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