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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!
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Use mass spectrometry to compare the concentrations of organic pollutants in Princeton and Trenton.
How do ancient and/or modern religious scholarship inform how sustainability should be practiced on Princeton’s campus?
How do Princeton's purchasing, consumption, waste, and other interactions with surrounding communities contribute to a narrative of environmental justice or injustice?
Conduct a before-and-after study of renovations to the Frist Gallery food waste disposal area. Test whether upgrades to the area (tentatively planned for March 2019) result in less contamination of the compost or recycling streams, ease of access of the new system, or other variables.
How are beliefs and practices around sustainability for religious students on campus different (or similar) from the sustainability beliefs and practices of their parents, and generations before?
In which spheres of campus sustainability do we see conflicts between environmental and societal interests?
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?