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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.
Monitor and analyze water levels in stormwater retention basins under athletic fields to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing flooding
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.
Evaluate the baseline heat island effects on the University and investigate cost-effective methods for reducing those effects (e.g. lighter colored asphalt installed at Grounds and Building storage area vs normal asphalt).
What is the difference between the quality of harvested rainwater compared to domestic water? Are the impacts on plants of each different over time?
Update and/or design a new chapter that captures the essence of Princeton in the environment/sustainability category for the Mapping Princeton project
What is the optimal ratio of sand:clay:silt for campus plant health? What is the optimal ratio of sand:clay:silt for stormwater mitigation?
How is climate affecting the physiology of tree species? Assist the Campus Tree Research Group in monitoring metrics of tree health over time to determine whether there is a correlation between changing climate patterns and tree health or decline.
How do artificial athletic turf fields compare in temperature to natural grass athletic fields? Is there a significant difference in heat profiles?