There are abundant opportunities to use the physical campus as a laboratory, as evidenced by this link from Sustainability at Princeton, and this link, also there, suggesting research questions. Among them, and inspired by them:
How can the university effectively encourage healthy and sustainable food choices? What knowledge, what principles, what basic understanding, what decision-making framework must be in place, individually and in society, to make those food choices the default?
How can we use the arts and the humanities to build community of the table? In turn, how can the community of the table drive the science crucial to the future of humanity and Earth?
If the humanities offer insights into people’s motives—why different people do what they do and think what they think—then how might we put history, for example, to work to understand the embrace or rejection of (or indifference to) Princeton’s initiatives on food, energy, waste, transportation – and the intersection of those complex systems?
What populations of pollinators and other beneficial insects exist in the vicinity and what are their relative impacts on plant populations?
What’s the best mode of transportation for students from campus to agricultural projects under consideration for development along Washington Road?
How can your dining hall or eating club achieve zero waste?
Then there are opportunities to partner with businesses around town for research during off-peak hours.