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 behavioral interventions can be deployed to reduce food waste in the dining halls and eating clubs?
Investigate the relationship between fuel prices and transportation-mode choice of University faculty, staff, and commuting students.
How much food is being wasted in different campus buildings?
What are the bottled water purchase patterns on campus and what are the most effective way to reduce those purchases?
What zero-waste strategies for large campus events (e.g. Reunions) or for daily operations in selected buildings are the most effective?
Study the changes in the movement and location of the campus Adirondack lawn chairs to evaluate the cultural significance and utilization of campus green spaces.
Do diners waste more food when they know leftovers will go to a composting facility? If so, what interventions might be effective at changing behavior?
Assess the feasibility of local offshore wind power as part of the University's renewable energy portfolio.