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.

Design a student feedback tool on building conditions (e.g. temperature, humidity).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering

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

Develop a CartShare app, similar to the Zagster bikeshare program app, as a fleet management tool to allow students and staff to more easily find and reserve available golf carts. 

Topics: transportation
Disciplines: engineering

Design an exhibit for the Office of Sustainability’s GreenSpace in Frist to increase awareness and behaviors around the University’s sustainable systems (i.e. recycling guidelines, reuse options…etc). What other strategies could help increase the GreenSpace’s visibility and level of student interaction?

Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts

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

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

Investigate approaches to stimulating and financing new on- and off-campus renewable energy projects, such as offshore wind power or solar arrays, to aid in the University’s low-carbon planning effort 

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Research the extent of sustainable practices of University food suppliers to determine benefits associated with their social responsibility and environmental stewardship

Topics: food, purchasing
Disciplines: social sciences