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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 ethnographic studies of faculty experiences with sustainability on campus

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

How do artificial athletic turf fields compare in temperature to natural grass athletic fields? Is there a significant difference in heat profiles?

Topics: landscape
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

Develop a visual dashboard of Princeton University fleet vehicles to assist Transportation Parking Services with fleet management

Topics: transportation
Disciplines: engineering

Conduct a cost-benefit analysis for building a recycling center on campus

Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

Study the campus biodigester to explore research opportunities around food waste conversion  

Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences

Experiment with new and innovative operational strategies that could be added to Princeton's greenhouse gas reduction portfolio to reach our aggressive reduction targets.

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, 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

Expand the campus energy Heatmap to include all buildings in the campus carbon footprint (e.g. the High-Performance Computing Research Center at the Forrestal Campus).

Topics: energy, buildings
Disciplines: engineering