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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.

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.

Disciplines: social sciences

Study the changes in the movement and location of the campus Adirondack lawn chairs to evaluate the cultural significance and utilization of campus green spaces.

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Incorporate educational components (e.g. how to decrease usage or energy usage calculator of an office/dorm) on the Tiger Energy platform.

Disciplines: engineering

Conduct ethnographic studies of faculty experiences with sustainability on campus

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Design a campus-based social practice sustainability art project and assess its impact on its audience.

Disciplines: humanities and arts

Update and/or design a new chapter that captures the essence of Princeton in the environment/sustainability category for the Mapping Princeton project

Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts, natural sciences, social sciences

What are the most effective mechanisms to encourage University faculty, staff and commuting students to utilize public transportation, bicycles, and walking to get to and from campus?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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