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.
What behavioral interventions can be deployed to reduce food waste in the dining halls and eating clubs?
Investigate the relationship between fuel prices and transportation-mode choice of University faculty, staff, and commuting students.
How can the University reduce waste associated with materialistic giveaways while still fostering a sense of community?
Explore the influence of the deep, historically-rooted cultural meanings of the Princeton landscape and/or of its architecture on the university’s approach to sustainability
What are the bottled water purchase patterns on campus and what are the most effective way to reduce those purchases?
Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?
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.
Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.