Research Questions

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 search the questions below, or use the sorting options to narrow your search by action area or discipline. Contact Kristi Wiedemann for more information.

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  • What is the environmental impact of bonfires on campus? Are there more environmentally friendly but still culturally salient ways to celebrate as a campus community?

    Discipline:
    Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Sociology
  • What messages, if any, do current campus physical and social infrastructures send about a sustainability ethos on campus? How can campus best cultivate an atmosphere of powerful daily experiences that embody sustainability?

    Discipline:
    Anthropology, Architecture, Art & Archeology, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Religion, Sociology
  • What would Princeton’s greenhouse gas emissions profile have to look like in order for our university to achieve carbon neutrality, and which technologies or policies will help us get there? What about for the Municipality of Princeton?

    Action Area:
    Discipline:
    Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Politics, Public and International Affairs
  • Which interventions are most effective at reducing contamination in the recycling stream?

    Action Area:
    Discipline:
    Environmental Studies, Psychology
  • Which themes found in past or modern plays apply to shaping a sustainable campus and sustainable communities?

    Discipline:
    English, Environmental Studies, Theatre
  • Which themes of modern urban literature apply to shaping a sustainable campus?

    Discipline:
    English, Environmental Studies
  • Would providing financial incentives encourage departments to reduce use/purchase of bottled water? Conduct a pilot study or controlled experiments within some departments.

    Action Area:
    Discipline:
    Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Public and International Affairs