Research, Education & Civic Engagement
While the University is committed to aggressively pursuing improvements in the sustainability of its operations, its greatest global impact derives from its commitment to research and education. Investing in faculty research and teaching — including initiatives that engage the campus as a laboratory for new ideas and encourage civic engagement — is the most effective way that Princeton can use its resources to address sustainability issues such as the problem of global climate change.
Princeton faculty members are conducting research in climate science, energy technologies, alternative fuels, mitigation strategies and climate policy as well as contributing to the international dialogue on a new energy future, climate negotiations and global sustainability.
Students involved in sustainability research and other environmental initiatives will be prepared for lives of leadership and active civic engagement in a time when such engagement is critical to achieving a sustainable future.
Princeton aspires to provide all members of its community with a sense of how their personal commitments and choices can contribute to progress toward a sustainable future. It does this through formal and informal multi- and cross-disciplinary education programs, outreach efforts and collaborative initiatives among departments, both academic and operational.
Here are some examples of research by faculty and students:
- BP and Princeton renew partnership to tackle climate problem
- Princeton materials science center wins $20 million NSF award
- Students learn to tell the story behind sustainability
- Students illuminate campus lighting with a highbeam on sustainability
- Students assist homeowners with energy conservation
- Crossing boundaries to confront global problems
- Wilcove blends science, policy to advance conservation
- Princeton researchers discover new type of laser
- Olympic air-quality study tests lasers and scientists' political savvy
- Crossing engineering and policy by examining clean energy options
- Sustainability projects funded through High Meadows gift
- Princeton to receive $20 million to establish Energy Frontier Research Center
- Super tiny technology could power superfast airplanes
- Biofuels 'done right' can curb greenhouse gas emissions and provide other benefits
- New Princeton method may help allocate carbon emissions responsibility among nations