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Trend vs. Fad : The Long-Term Impact of Pro-Stair Usage Initiatives Bow, Peter; Alansari, Zain; Shah, Shahil


This report utilizes an observational study to determine the long-term impact of pro-stair initiatives. Furthermore, we examine whether these initiatives are able to promote sustained increases in stair use over time. We observed building traffic in relation to the deco-stair initiative that was implemented during the MoveUBC campaign within the CIRS building on the UBC campus. We compared our observational mean stair use to another study’s mean baseline, which was previously collected within the CIRS building via a one-sample T-test. Ultimately, we found that stair traffic steadily increased over elevator traffic during the duration of our study. However, the increase remained statistically insignificant compared to the control mean. In regard to our overall research question, it appears that the deco-stair intervention not only initially increased stair traffic, but also persisted over the duration of our observations. The results ultimately imply that, despite an insignificant finding, nudges can still promote increased stair use vs. elevator use over time. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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