Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

Professional role and organization: Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder CO

How do you define sustainability?

To me, sustainability means enabling a thriving, modern quality of life for all people in a way that continues this prosperity indefinitely for generation after generation

How does your work relate to sustainability and how did Princeton prepare you for your role?

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

Proposals due: November 20, 2017

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. 

Arriving at Princeton last year, behavioral scientist Sander van der Linden was intrigued by bright posters that appeared in the spring, provocatively urging students to “Do It in the Dark.” The signs referred to a campuswide competition among the University’s residential colleges to see which could conserve the most heat and electricity. The campaign came to Princeton in 2009 and since has spread to colleges across the country. 

Read more on the Princeton Alumni Weekly website.

Deborah Sandoval '16 spent the summer in 2015 at Yellowstone National Park and Montana State University as the Office of Sustainability's first Yellowstone Sustainability Software Development/Technical Intern. The Internship was funded by the High Meadows Foundation Fund. Learn more about her experiences through this Q&A: 

Describe your role as the Yellowstone Sustainability Software Development/Technical Intern?

In the nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, attention has fallen on Princeton University's "microgrid," an efficient on-campus power generation and delivery network that remained active while surrounding areas lost power for days, as a national example of how to keep power running for residents, emergency workers and crucial facilities when the next disaster strikes.

Denise Mauzerall bridges science and policy to study the effects of air pollution on health, agriculture, and climate change. A professor of environmental engineering with an appointment at the Woodrow Wilson School, Mauzerall identifies ways to improve air quality while reducing climate warming. Princeton Alumni Weekly spoke with Mauzerall about opportunities to address air pollution and climate change.

"Energy: Now and Forever," was the theme of this year’s National Chemistry Week event hosted by Princeton University and the Princeton section of the American Chemical Society on Friday, November 8. Nearly 650 people attended the “Energy Activities Night” held in the laboratories and atrium at Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Children and adults alike enjoyed several demonstrations and over 25 hands-on activities focused on chemical energy and chemists' ideas about energy for the future.

Princeton University reports, "Growth of 'distributed' electricity generation could transform utility systems."

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