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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.

Conduct a before-and-after study of renovations to the Frist Gallery food waste disposal area. Test whether upgrades to the area (tentatively planned for March 2019) result in less contamination of the compost or recycling streams, ease of access of the new system, or other variables.

Topics: food, water
Disciplines: Anthropology, Art & Archeology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Psychology, Robotics, Sociology

How do ancient and/or modern religious scholarship inform how sustainability should be practiced on Princeton’s campus?

Disciplines: Religion

Analyze microbes present in campus storm water runoff and make recommendations about storm water management practice that could improve runoff quality.

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: Chemistry, Molecular Biology

How are beliefs and practices around sustainability for religious students on campus different (or similar) from the sustainability beliefs and practices of their parents, and generations before?

Disciplines: Religion

Design a rewards system for recycling properly, possibly in collaboration with existing student-designed app EcoTracker, then test to see whether recycling behavior is sustained after the reward is given.

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Psychology

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

Disciplines: Computer Science, Psychology

How do religious beliefs or lack thereof, of students, staff, and/or faculty on campus interact with their behaviors related to sustainability?

Disciplines: Religion

What impacts of climate change should Princeton expect to see in 2046, and what should we be doing now to prepare?

Topics: energy, food, landscape, water
Disciplines: Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Physics

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