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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Shana Weber
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Innovation Fund for the Campus as a Lab: Faculty Research in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

In summer of 2014, the Office of the Dean for Research announced the new research fund, “Innovation Fund for the Campus as a Lab: Faculty Research in Sustainability, Energy and the Environment.” The initiative supports bold new ideas that involve the use of the campus as a laboratory for scientific, engineering, humanistic, artistic or social science research on sustainability, energy and the environment. Faculty may propose up to two research projects, one for undergraduate student research and one for graduate student or postdoctoral research. One-year projects involving undergraduate students can receive up to $15,000 for research, while one-year projects for graduate students or postdoctoral researchers can receive up to $75,000 for research.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

As of November 2014, funded projects include:
-Place temperature and humidity sensors around campus, using low-cost, off-the-shelf electronics — Daniel Steingart, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

-Develop a comprehensive watershed modeling system and an integrated monitoring system for the campus water and energy cycles — James Smith, the William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science; Mary Lynn Baeck, hydrometeorology programmer in civil and environmental engineering; and Eileen Zerba, senior lecturer in ecology and evolutionary biology

-Model the air flow in large indoor air spaces, such as the Frick Chemistry Laboratory, and monitor the energy efficiency of Princeton's buildings from the air — Forrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum ---
Research Yes
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Energy ---
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Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.