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.

Use archived data from the Sensor Network Over Princeton (SNOP) project to assess different mitigation strategies of the urban heat island effect.

Disciplines: engineering

Design a student feedback tool on building conditions (e.g. temperature, humidity).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

Study campus roofs for viability of adding solar panels (e.g. Baker Rink, Dillon Gym) and/or test new photovoltaic technology

Topics: energy, buildings

Monitor and analyze water levels in stormwater retention basins under athletic fields to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing flooding

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

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

What is the effect of "living walls" on indoor air quality? Use sensors to monitor the indoor air quality in the Office of Sustainability's trailer, comparing the West side (with wall plants) vs East side (no wall plants).

Topics: buildings
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

View research opportunities with the Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) to tackle challenges around food and sustainable development

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

Design an exhibit for the Office of Sustainability’s GreenSpace in Frist to increase awareness and behaviors around the University’s sustainable systems (i.e. recycling guidelines, reuse options…etc). What other strategies could help increase the GreenSpace’s visibility and level of student interaction?

Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts