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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!

If you have a campus as lab research question that should be included on this list you can submit it using our contact form.

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.

Topics: energy
Disciplines: Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics

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.

Disciplines: Anthropology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre

What impacts of climate change should Princeton expect to see in 2046, and what should we be doing now to prepare?

Topics: energy, food, landscape, water
Disciplines: Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Physics

Apply game theory to sustainability challenges

Disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology

What are the economic, quality of life, and/or social justice impacts of Princeton’s purchasing, consumption, and waste of food on surrounding communities?

Disciplines: Environmental Studies, Politics, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School

Conduct a Life-Cycle Analysis of strawberries grown hydroponically in the Princeton Vertical Farm versus field-grown strawberries in different soil types.

Topics: energy, food, landscape, water
Disciplines: Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences

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

Build on a past light pollution study of campus to suggest improvements in campus lighting design to minimize disruption for wildlife and create more dark sky areas.

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

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