UBC Undergraduate Research

Amenities to Activity : Identifying the Influences on Active Transportation Young, Scott; Cutler, Emily; Clute, Christopher; Mustafa, Munib; Helton, Alison


With global warming becoming an increasingly prominent problem in the world, the value of reducing greenhouse gases has become crucial. It is thought that the CIRS building at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has the potential for encouraging pro-environmental behaviors as it is an environmentally sustainable building with “end of trip” facilities. The current study attempted to answer the following research question: “Are UBC students/staff found in the CIRS building more likely to utilize active transportation than a control building (Kenny) due to the additional available facilities supporting active transport?” Researchers gathered surveys from student and faculty member participants from both the CIRS building and the Kenny Building (control variable). Results were gathered from with surveys, including self-reports from students and UBC staff members. The results showed there were no significant correlations between the use of sustainability buildings and environmentally conscious behaviors or in the use of active transportation. 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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