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.

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 bottled water purchase patterns on campus and what are the most effective way to reduce those purchases?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Use Tiger Energy/Heatmap to analyze how energy usage compares across campus buildings in terms of intended use, size, or other variables.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Examine ways of using occupancy sensing for other utilities in campus dorms, such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning systems).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

View research opportunities with the Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) to tackle challenges around food and sustainable development

Topics: energy, buildings, food, water
Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts, natural sciences, social sciences

Conduct a full economic analysis of green roofs to evaluate their dollar savings, including: Protection from UV radiation, temperature volatility/HVAC costs, stormwater runoff, air quality, CO2 sequestration, biodiversity, aesthetics. Use data on soil moisture, rainfall, and other meteorological parameters from the Butler green roofs.

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Evaluate the efficacy of long-term gamification to promote sustainable behaviors by developing a smartphone app that creates a year-long competition around recycling quality.

Disciplines: engineering

Write the history of sustainability initiatives at Princeton. How have they changed, and why—and what’s been lost and what’s been gained?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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