Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Ludwig, Reinhold

Project Center

Costa Rica


The first step to carbon neutrality is an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Small-to-medium-sized companies (SMEs) cannot afford consultants for the task, and lack the time to find necessary resources. The goals of our project, sponsored by the Centro Nacional de Producción más Limpia (CNP+L), were to identify the problems SMEs in Costa Rica face in conducting and verifying an inventory, to find information and tools to address this problem, and to connect SMEs to these resources. We researched the inventory process, applicable standards, and conducted interviews with individuals representing various perspectives on GHG inventorying for SMEs. Using this information, we designed a brochure and database to facilitate SMEs’ ability to conduct a GHG inventory.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering