Challenges to begin in Summer 2018:
How might we help build a food system that greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions?
Food waste is the fourth largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. If we had a semi-closed loop food system, however, food waste could serve to remove CO2 from the atmosphere (through Carbon Sequestration
) . Two of the barriers to local development of a semi-closed loop food system are: there's too much non-organic waste contamination in compost streams (making carbon sequestration infeasible); and there's too much organic waste thrown thrown into trash (limiting financial viability). For this Tiger Challenge, a team will work with Princeton Municipality
to develop innovative ways reduce waste stream contamination and create a blueprint for small and mid-sized towns and cities to create sustainable food systems.
B. Challenge: How might we help create a holistic and seamless system of care for the homeless?
In New York City alone, there are over 60,000 people who are homeless, over 20,000 of whom are children. There is a system of organizations (public and non-for-profit) dedicated to providing needed resources and care to this community, while also providing a path to stability. For this Tiger Challenge, a team will investigate the landscape of organizations serving the homeless in the NYC-area and learn from New York City Relief's Follow-up care team about the challenges and rewards that come with expanding an organization’s reach. The team will then work with NYCR to design innovations that help organizations journey alongside individuals struggling with homelessness on the path to wholeness.
C. Challenge: How might we help close the public/private educational equity gap that persists post-graduation?
Alumni of private schools benefit from membership in their school communities post-graduation (especially from the cultivated network and sense of group) in ways that most public school alumni do not. Each year, the NYC Department of Education, the largest public school system in the United States serving 1.1 million students, graduates over 50,000 of its students. For this Tiger Challenge, a team of Princeton students will interview stakeholders including NYC public school alumni, current students, teachers, and central administrators to identify the resources and supports that NYC public school alumni might need. The team will then work with p.s. alumni to design ways to close the post-graduation public/private equity gap for NYC public school alumni.
D. Challenge: How might we help improve patient-provider communication and health outcomes?
The United States leads the world in healthcare spending, but we have poorer outcomes as compared to 10 other high-income countries. Effective physician-patient communication has been identified as a key factor in improved patient outcomes. Communication barriers in the healthcare system occur at many levels and involve more than just the physician-patient interaction. For this Tiger Challenge, a team will study the communication barriers that occur in an outpatient practice at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, a major academic health center in New Jersey. The team will design an innovative solution to improve patient-provider communication and, ultimately, health outcomes.
F. Summer Associates: Helping run the Tiger Challenge program over the summer and mentor two of the teams. (Prerequisite: Tiger Challenge or EGR200)