Faculty Advisor

DiBiasio, David

Faculty Advisor

Elgert, Laureen


Pollution is a growing problem around the world, including Ecuador. In Cuenca in 2014, it was found that 70-90% of air pollution was caused by motor vehicle emissions. Our team assisted La Empresa Pública Municipal de Movilidad Tránsito y Transporte in encouraging people to walk short distances rather than drive. Through surveys, our group found that increased car use due to parents driving their children to school could be improved through school walking programs such as school route maps, walking buses, and school competitions. We determined that walking buses coupled with school route maps would be most effective in encouraging walking. We then conducted a pilot test of these initiatives and created a manual to aid in the expansion of the program to other schools.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies