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One Planet Living Comes to WPI

We are a group of students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) working on our Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) to bring the global initiative One Planet Living (OPL) to the campus. OPL has 10 sustainability principles that range from zero carbon, to culture and community, to health and happiness. We will be assessing WPI’s current sustainability efforts and collect any relevant data regarding WPI sustainability. Once we have collected and analyzed the relevant data , we will create an integration plan to implement these principles into WPI’s sustainability efforts, making WPI the first One Planet Living college campus in the United States.

For more information about the 10 OPL Principles, visit this website


Our sponsor is BioRegional Development Group from London. BioRegional and WWF partnered to create One Planet Living which provides a framework for communities to live sustainably, using one planet’s resources.

To learn more about One Planet Living and BioRegiona, please visit their website

Student Researchers

Natasha Bonina – Electrical and computer engineering. Natasha is the president of the WPI’s Ballroom Dance Team and is a sister of the zeta zeta chapter of the women’s fraternity Alpha Gamma Delta .

Madeline Burris – Robotics engineering with a minor in organizational leadership. Maddie is the president of Women in Robotics Engineering, a second year Resident Advisor, a member of the WPI Orchestra, and a member of the Student Alumni Society.

Kimberly Chan – Management engineering with a concentration in operations management. Kim is a Community Advisor, a member of WPI’s chapter of Institute of Industrial Engineers, a member of The Association of Operations Management, and a sister of Alpha Phi women’s fraternity.

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