campus as lab

By Emily Aronson for the Office of Communications

The original article can be found on the Princeton University Homepage

The AMS Col(LAB) is a series of research affinity groups aimed to build bridges and create opportunities for research scholars and practitioners from across campus to explore major issues in America today. In partnership with the Office of Sustainability’s Campus as Lab program, we are seeking proposals for a semester-long new Col(LAB) module on the topic of Sustainability and Social Justice.

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by Jared Flesher

The choices that people collectively make at dinner time—more burger, or more broccoli?—will impact the future of our warming planet. That’s because red meat consumption is widely recognized as a significant driver of a range of environmental woes, from climate change to deforestation and biodiversity loss.

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research. This article originally appeared on the Princeton University Homepage.

Several new research projects that promise to expand the bounds of knowledge have been selected to receive funding through Princeton’s Office of the Dean for Research.

For their junior papers, students in Professor Denise Mauzerall’s WWS 402 junior task force: Sustainability at Princeton University: Lessons for Campus and the World, recommended policy frameworks to guide sustainability efforts both on and off campus. Backed by both qualitative interviews and quantitative survey data, the students’ recommendations emphasized scalable initiatives that could be demonstrated at Princeton, but also applied more broadly by others to address a range of global challenges.

Ethos – Daily Culture

In last spring’s course, ENE 202: Designing Sustainable Systems taught by Dr. Forrest Meggers, eight teams of students gained hands-on experience with designing and testing solutions to address sustainability challenges on campus. A summary of the design projects is provided below:

Dean for Research Innovation Fund for the Campus as a Lab: Faculty Research in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

Proposals due: November 20, 2017

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

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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.


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