Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Mallick, Rajib B.


Organic material and grasses have different potentials for carbon uptake. By redesigning roadway buffer zones with materials that have large carbon fluxes, a reduction of excess carbon in the atmosphere can occur. A Licor 8100-A mobile carbon dioxide testing unit was used to measure the carbon dioxide flux of various materials. Our results show that using a combination of different organic materials to create a carbon dioxide-absorbing buffer zone will take up a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By implementing buffer zones that help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can potentially help in the efforts to combat global warming.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Environmental Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering