Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D.


In this project, we investigated the causes, impacts and approaches to the trash problem in East Potomac Park. We interviewed National Park Service staff, conducted a site assessment of the park, and reviewed literature on visitor behavior and waste management approaches to compare various infrastructural, informational, educational, and enforcement practices of parks in and around D.C. Based on this research, we created recommendations for the implementation of new approaches and created deliverables to supplement them: maps of proposed locations for more trash bins and fishing line containers; anti-littering signage created using the theory of planned behavior, and an education program local teachers can use to increase students' awareness of the impacts of trash.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project