Touring the Cogeneration Plant that powers University buildings. Eating plant-based burgers made by Campus Dining. Sampling herbs from the Vertical Farming Project. Walking in the rain to observe how campus gardens help filter runoff. 

Students in the class “Investigating an Ethos of Sustainability at Princeton” use the University as their model and the campus as their lab. Taught by Director of Sustainability Shana Weber, the course examines global environmental issues through a local lens. 

“Our campus is a microcosm of the world,” Weber said. “We can examine almost any dimension of a global sustainability challenge and see its reflection here at Princeton.”

Through field trips and conversations with staff and faculty, the 13 students gain firsthand knowledge of Princeton’s sustainability initiatives and innovations, as well as its challenges. They study recycling, food waste, water consumption, energy conservation, transportation management and much more. 

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