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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 Kristi Wiedemann for more information or questions!

How can art, literature, theatre, and/or film inspire sustainable behavior change and an ethos of sustainability in ways that science alone cannot?

Disciplines: Anthropology, Art & Archeology, English, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Theatre

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?

Disciplines: Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Politics, Woodrow Wilson School

Can community gardens reduce loneliness, improve connections, improve feelings of well-being, improve mental health, etc.?

Disciplines: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Psychology, Sociology

Use a habitat integrity metric developed at Princeton, PILEA, to model how adding buildings to currently undeveloped areas of campus could alter habitat quality.

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

What are the best opportunities for Princeton's campus to increase textile sustainability? This study could survey current purchasing and reuse efforts.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Environmental Studies

Which interventions are most effective at reducing contamination in the recycling stream?

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Psychology

Design an app that tells users whether or not a certain item is recyclable in a given location (e.g., some types of plastic are recyclable on campus but not in the Municipality of Princeton).

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Computer Science, Environmental Studies

Design a rewards system for recycling properly, possibly in collaboration with existing student-designed app EcoTracker, then test to see whether recycling behavior is sustained after the reward is given.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology

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