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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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What should Princeton’s energy sources and infrastructure look like in 2046? Provide evidence-based recommendations to the campus energy team for which sustainable energy options we should plan to use to power campus in the future.
Develop a tool to help visualize interactions between complex campus systems, e.g. energy and water use, transportation and storm water runoff, purchasing and waste, etc.
What impacts of climate change should Princeton expect to see in 2046, and what should we be doing now to prepare?
Apply game theory to sustainability challenges
What are the economic, quality of life, and/or social justice impacts of Princeton’s purchasing, consumption, and waste of food on surrounding communities?
Conduct a Life-Cycle Analysis of strawberries grown hydroponically in the Princeton Vertical Farm versus field-grown strawberries in different soil types.
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?