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.

How would the carbon footprint of Princeton University be affected by a measured percent reduction in animal product consumption per student?

Topics: energy, food
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.

Disciplines: humanities and arts

Design and test an inexpensive, small-scale compost system to prevent compostable diningware from campus events from going to the landfill.

Disciplines: engineering

Evaluate the psychological, social, and cognitive effects of entering dark spaces to more accurately quantify the cost and benefit of turning dorm corridor lights off more frequently.

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Princeton Vertical Farming Project: Assist in carbon sequestration, energy consumption, and/or economic comparative analyses to traditional growing methods (e.g. greenhouse production)

Topics: energy, buildings, food, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Which non-recyclable materials are the most prevalent contamination in recycling bins?

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: natural sciences, social sciences

Which pathway is more comprehensively sustainable (in terms of cost, energy use, etc.) for food waste conversion using a biodigester: Composting or energy production?

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

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