Five projects will explore sustainability using the Princeton campus as a laboratory

Thursday, May 9, 2019

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Research projects that explore energy-saving technologies, sustainable farming and resource reuse have been selected to receive Dean for Research Innovation Funds for the Campus as a Lab.

The five projects will be conducted with the University’s grounds as the laboratory or testbed for the exploration of technologies or practices that enhance sustainability and environmental responsibility. The campus serves as a real-world setting where ideas and theories can be tried on a relatively small scale, with the goal of scaling up successful projects beyond campus.

Princeton aims to engage the entire University community in creating a more sustainable campus and world through its new Sustainability Action Plan, announced on Earth Day, April 22. The campus as a lab projects are one aspect of this broad endeavor.

A faculty-led committee chose the winning proposals based on quality, originality and potential impact on the campus or in the field of study. All projects involve either graduate students or postdoctoral researchers, or undergraduate students.

Funding for the Dean for Research Innovation Funds for the Campus as a Lab comes from the Princeton Environmental InstituteOffice of the Dean for ResearchAndlinger Center for Energy and the EnvironmentHigh Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund, and Facilities. The funding program is administered by the Office of the Dean for Research in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability.

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