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.
What is the optimal ratio of sand:clay:silt for campus plant health? What is the optimal ratio of sand:clay:silt for stormwater mitigation?
Study the life cycle costing of common campus building materials (stone, metal, etc.), energy technologies, and labor analysis and establish recommendations.
How would the carbon footprint of Princeton University be affected by a measured percent reduction in animal product consumption per student?
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?
Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.
Incorporate weather-normalized data into the residential college ranking on the Tiger Energy platform.