Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Rosbach, Derren


Costa Rica


A clear contradiction exists between Costa Rica’s eco-friendly international image and its domestic urban realities. Sewage contaminates the rivers of its capital, and insufficient transportation infrastructure hinders movement through the city. This project aimed to assist Rutas Naturbanas, a non-profit foundation working to collectively resolve these issues, by examining how its proposed nature-urban routes could meet the needs and desires of the people of San José. To do so, we surveyed members of the public, interviewed professionals and activists, and reviewed research in relevant fields. We found that to ensure the most positive impacts, the routes should link residents and local organizations through engagement initiatives while balancing public safety with environmental protection.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies

Project Center

Costa Rica