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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!
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Assess the effectiveness of the Revise Your Ride program at reducing single-occupancy-vehicle transportation to campus (vs. capturing existing activity of pedestrian and mass transit to campus), and recommend strategies for reducing single-occupancy vehicle transit among Princeton employees who have not joined Revise Your Ride.
What is the environmental impact of bonfires on campus? Are there more environmentally friendly but still culturally salient ways to celebrate as a campus community?
Apply game theory to sustainability challenges
Analyze microbes present in campus storm water runoff and make recommendations about storm water management practice that could improve runoff quality.
What messages, if any, do current campus physical and social infrastructures send about a sustainability ethos on campus? How can campus best cultivate an atmosphere of powerful daily experiences that embody sustainability?
Conduct a Life-Cycle Analysis of strawberries grown hydroponically in the Princeton Vertical Farm versus field-grown strawberries in different soil types.
What would Princeton’s greenhouse gas emissions profile have to look like in order for our university to achieve carbon neutrality, and which technologies or policies will help us get there? What about for the Municipality of Princeton?