Faculty Advisor

Doyle, James Kevin

Abstract

Large amounts of resources are consumed in the classroom. The Sustainable Classroom Contract is designed to help conservation by setting up guidelines for students to follow. A study was conducted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute during B term 2012. Ten classes were divided into an experimental group who signed the contract and a control group who saw the guidelines but did not sign the contract. Students’ attitudes and behaviors were measured quantitatively through two surveys which were taken at the beginning and end of the term. Analyses concluded that students in the experimental group did not improve their attitudes and behavior. Although the contract showed no evidence to benefit the environment in this study, the Sustainable Classroom Contract is still worth further investigation.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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