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.
Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?
Study the campus biodigester to explore research opportunities around food waste conversion
Evaluate the efficacy of long-term gamification to promote sustainable behaviors by developing a smartphone app that creates a year-long competition around recycling quality.
Update and/or design a new chapter that captures the essence of Princeton in the environment/sustainability category for the Mapping Princeton project
Collect baseline data on dorm waste left behind during move-out, both through empirical analysis of the waste, and qualitative surveys, to greater clarify and inform the need for a more reliable, less economically challenging avenue of dorm item management.
What behavioral interventions can be deployed to reduce food waste in the dining halls and eating clubs?
Are sustainability/recycling efforts at Reunions effective at capturing recyclables and/or changing behaviors?
Use your design skills to think about how Princeton might communicate and enact its sustainability initiatives more effectively through e.g. signage, logos, iconography, and so on.