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.

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

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

View research opportunities with the Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) to tackle challenges around food and sustainable development

Topics: energy, buildings, food, water
Disciplines: engineering, humanities and arts, natural sciences, social sciences

Use data about energy systems on campus to understand energy use over time. Plot energy use from different campus systems relative to the academic year or a smaller period of time. Do usage patterns exist?

Topics: energy
Disciplines: engineering, social sciences

What is the effect of "living walls" on indoor air quality? Use sensors to monitor the indoor air quality in the Office of Sustainability's trailer, comparing the West side (with wall plants) vs East side (no wall plants).

Topics: buildings
Disciplines: engineering, natural sciences

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

Access research questions (.pdf) on the long-term monitoring and data analysis of the Washington Stream Restoration.

Topics: landscape, water
Disciplines: natural sciences

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

Conduct ethnographic studies of faculty experiences with sustainability on campus

Disciplines: humanities and arts, social sciences

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