Continue reading Robotic Arm Exhibit Design

Robotic Arm Exhibit Design

Overview We are a student group from Worcester Polytechnic Institute working with the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine in Portland to create a robotic arm prototype exhibit for their inventing section. The museum is in a collaborative with the EcoTarium, a children’s science discovery museum in Worcester, Massachusetts. Through this collaborative, the EcoTarium is…

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Continue reading Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore: Marketing Strategy

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore: Marketing Strategy

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester was founded in 1985 and in 2010 started its ReStore program.  The ReStore program is essentially the backbone for the Habitat for Humanity’s building operations. It allows the public to donate furniture, appliances, building materials and other items that are no longer wanted, but are still reusable. Customers then come…

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Continue reading Zoning Reform for Quality of Life

Zoning Reform for Quality of Life

Massachusetts’ state zoning laws are some of the most outdated laws in the country, which explains why in the past three decades many attempts have been made to change these laws. Although municipal level zoning reform laws have been passed, none of these attempts at the state level have been successful. This lack of success…

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Continue reading Electronic Waste Recycling in Massachusetts

Electronic Waste Recycling in Massachusetts

Context: On September 24, 2012, Apple Inc. reported that the iPhone 5 sold five million units in its first weekend (New York Times, 2012). Immediately, millions of older phones became obsolete, eclipsed by the lighter and faster model. Consumers are enamored with technological innovation, which drives them to purchase the newest product on the market.…

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Continue reading Creation of an Energy Reduction Plan for the Town of Auburn, Massachusetts

Creation of an Energy Reduction Plan for the Town of Auburn, Massachusetts

Student Researchers Leo Torrente, Agatha Gornisiewicz, David Richardson, and Edward Lukowski Project Sponsors Adam Burney (Auburn Town Planner) and Julie Jacobson (Auburn Town Manager) Project Description We are collaborating with the Town of Auburn, Massachusetts to draft an Energy Reduction Plan. We will draft the plan with feedback from Auburn residents, business owners, town officials, and other…

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Continue reading WPI Think Outside the Bottle Campaign

WPI Think Outside the Bottle Campaign

The IQP or Interactive Qualifying Project is a requirement for all Worcester Polytechnic Institute students. This requirement must be fulfilled in order to graduate. We are all student researchers, all in our Junior year at WPI and were selected to participate in the Worcester Community Project Center. A requirement to participate in the off-campus IQP…

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Continue reading Creation of a Climate Action Plan for the Town of Auburn

Creation of a Climate Action Plan for the Town of Auburn

The goal of our project team is to enact a draft of a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the municipal government of Auburn, Massachusetts. Using information drawn from case studies, interviews, and surveys we will educate the Auburn residents on the effects of climate change, as well as set a framework for implementation of a…

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Continue reading Ban the Bottle at WPI

Ban the Bottle at WPI

We are the Ban the Bottle Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) team for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) . We are working with Corporate Accountability International and their “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign. We hope to stop the sale of disposable water bottles on campus through 2 main areas: 1. Campus Support 2. University Reciprocation We will be hosting tap water…

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Continue reading One Planet Living Comes to WPI

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…

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