Faculty Advisor

Bar-On, Isa

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica


The goal of this project, conducted for el Cuerpo de Bomberos, was to identify the processes within the fire stations that negatively impact the environment and provide recommendations to reduce this impact. We evaluated fifteen fire stations through visits and interviews using a system provided by MINAE to assess environmental impact within the organization with respect to solid waste management. Based on this information, we made recommendations to improve their waste management to increase protocol scores and decrease the environmental impact of the Bomberos. The fire stations of the Bomberos of Costa Rica can use these recommendations to create a recycling program to minimize the amount of waste generated and comply with the pending law mandating recycling in Costa Rica.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs