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.

How do ancient and/or modern religious scholarship inform how sustainability should be practiced on Princeton’s campus?

Disciplines: Religion

How can art, literature, theatre, and/or film inspire sustainable behavior change and an ethos of sustainability in ways that science alone cannot?

Disciplines: Anthropology, Art & Archeology, English, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Theatre

Develop less environmentally harmful prototype alternatives to single-use consumer products (e.g. disposable water bottles, straws, utensils).

Topics: waste reduction
Disciplines: Chemistry

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?

Disciplines: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Sociology

How could the operations of Princeton’s biodigester be enhanced to reduce environmental impact?

Topics: energy, food
Disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics

What are some possible impacts of geoengineering on Princeton’s campus and community?

Topics: energy, landscape
Disciplines: Astrophysical Sciences

How are beliefs and practices around sustainability for religious students on campus different (or similar) from the sustainability beliefs and practices of their parents, and generations before?

Disciplines: Religion

What are the best practices for sustainability in costumes, set design, lighting, etc., and how is Princeton’s Theatre program demonstrating best practices for sustainability?

Disciplines: Theatre

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