campus as lab
Learn about Campus as Lab projects that have studied sustainability challenges right here on campus at PEI Discovery Day and Princeton Research Day. Featured projects include plant communication in agriculture, rammed earth construction, geothermal energy, smart-lighting systems, and electric marine propulsion.
PEI Discovery Day
Frick Chemistry Atrium
The Campus as Lab program was recently featured at the semi-annual Spring Flexitarian Night dinner at Forbes College. While students enjoyed barbecue jack fruit tacos and made-to-order salad bowls, a screen projected rotating slides with fall courses and research opportunities that use Princeton’s campus as a test bed to solve real-world sustainability issues. The Campus as Lab team then touched on these opportunities in a brief presentation, and met with students afterwards for further discussion.
The Office of Sustainability held a Campus as Lab Spring Open House for students to learn about new sustainability research projects, and internship opportunities on Princeton’s campus.
"We want to make it easy for you to know how much energy you're using right now," said Savraj Singh ‘03 in his opening remarks about Tiger Energy, a live energy dashboard developed by his company, Wattvision. Singh presented the visualization tool that he developed in partnership with the Office of Sustainability to a group of students at a Campus as Lab lunch seminar last month on energy data visualization efforts on campus.
by Somi Jun '20
In 2012, Princeton’s Office of Sustainability began a partnership with Savraj Singh ‘03 to track and visualize the university’s live energy usage. The collaboration with Singh’s company, Wattvision, has since culminated in Tiger Energy, which breaks down campus energy supply and usage in colorful, easy-to-understand charts.
This past fall, students in Dr. Shana Weber’s seminar, ENV 327: Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton, engaged with faculty and staff of diverse expertise to examine global sustainability issues and how they manifest locally on the Princeton campus. For the final assignment, students proposed demonstration-scale campus interventions with the overall goal of strengthening the sustainability ethos at Princeton.
Below is a summary of the students’ recommendations by topic:
The University’s Office of Sustainability celebrated its tenth anniversary with a party at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment on Friday, Oct. 21. Office of Sustainability Director Shana Weber said that over the past decade the Office has focused on turning campus into a demonstration of sustainability. Read more at the Daily Princetonian.
The Princeton University campus is full of opportunities to explore sustainability within a variety of disciplines. However, many students are unaware of sustainability efforts being pursued by the University, and the opportunity to tie sustainability into their independent work through the Campus as Lab program.
This spring, Dr. Sander van der Linden, a social psychologist based in the Department of Psychology with joint appointments in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, taught a course titled The Psychology of Environmental Decision Making. Students in the course split up into three teams to explore environmental education and climate change, recycling behavior, and different prompting strategies in the context of plastic bottle consumption.