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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.

Expand existing research to understand the consumption profile (energy, travel, shopping, food, etc.) of residents in the municipality of Princeton towards helping to set carbon emissions reduction targets for the municipality.

Disciplines: Anthropology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Politics, Sociology

How can we learn (in aggregate) about individuals’ waste, energy, transportation, and other behaviors without impinging on privacy?

Disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology

Develop a tool to help visualize interactions between complex campus systems, e.g. energy and water use, transportation and storm water runoff, purchasing and waste, etc.

Disciplines: Anthropology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre

What would Princeton’s greenhouse gas emissions profile have to look like in order for our university to achieve carbon neutrality, and which technologies or policies will help us get there? What about for the Municipality of Princeton?

Disciplines: Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Politics, Woodrow Wilson School

Assess the effectiveness of the Revise Your Ride program at reducing single-occupancy-vehicle transportation to campus (vs. capturing existing activity of pedestrian and mass transit to campus), and recommend strategies for reducing single-occupancy vehicle transit among Princeton employees who have not joined Revise Your Ride.

Topics: transportation
Disciplines: Psychology