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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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Incorporate educational components (e.g. how to decrease usage or energy usage calculator of an office/dorm) on the Tiger Energy platform.
Update and/or design a new chapter that captures the essence of Princeton in the environment/sustainability category for the Mapping Princeton project
Use sensors to study whether conference rooms are being underutilized or inefficiently heated, cooled, and lit.
Examine ways of using occupancy sensing for other utilities in campus dorms, such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning systems).
Improve the campus energy Heatmap by adding features to increase engagement with the app.
Study the life cycle costing of common campus building materials (stone, metal, etc.), energy technologies, and labor analysis and establish recommendations.
Implement a sensor system in mail slots or bathrooms so staff can avoid unnecessary trips