Gina M. Talt

Food Systems Project Specialist
108 MacMillan Annex


Gina works across University operations and academics to advance project-based campus efforts and educational opportunities around food systems. She currently oversees the Sustainable Composting Research at Princeton (S.C.R.A.P.) Lab, an investigation into food scraps recycling and soil revitalization through small-scale, in-vessel composting. Gina is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the composting system, collecting and analyzing performance data, leading communication and engagement efforts around the project, and working closely with the Campus as Lab program to develop and support related coursework and research opportunities for staff, faculty, and students. 

Gina also assists Professor Daniel Rubenstein on a project studying the intersection of farming practices and environmental conditions on food production in support of a new environmental studies course, ENV 303: Human Diets, Agriculture and the Environment. Gina helps develop and coordinate research plans, leads data collection efforts at local farms, and provides course and research support for related student projects. 


Prior to her current position, Gina served as the Campus as Lab fellow with the Office of Sustainability and was formerly a policy analyst at APPRISE Inc., a Princeton-based nonprofit research institute dedicated to collecting and analyzing data and information to assess and improve public programs. Gina graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a major in economics and a certificate in environmental studies, and was treasurer of the student environmental club, Greening Princeton, among other activities. 

Fun Fact

Gina was a competitive runner in high school and college and ran under 5 minutes in the mile. 

Contact me about 

  • S.C.R.A.P. Lab
  • Composting
  • Food and Agriculture 
  • Environmental Economics