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.

Is there a connection between habits formed at Lawnparties and later behaviors at Reunions?

Disciplines: 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

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

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

What behavioral interventions can be deployed to reduce food waste in the dining halls and eating clubs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

Why do Helm building occupants still use paper cups when they were given reusable mugs?

Disciplines: humanities and arts, 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 mitigation efforts (e.g. how Frick uses much less energy than a traditional lab building) on the campus energy Heatmap.

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

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