Abstract Title

Use of Shuttle Buses to Improve Sustainability on ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus

Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

group

Daytona Beach

Authors' Class Standing

Abdulla, Junior Bassel, junior

Lead Presenter's Name

Bassel

Lead Presenter's College

DB College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor Name

Marwa

Abstract

Use of Shuttle Buses to Improve Sustainability on ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus

Sustainability is a wholistic topic that concerns major institutions and is important in the longevity of projects. College campuses, being extremely large, have profound impacts on their communities and thus are excellent places to apply sustainability. This is especially true at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus at Daytona Beach, due to the school’s affiliation with aviation. Currently, the biggest problem with the shuttle system is the inefficient use due to limited hours of operation and limited destinations. If we apply the nested sustainability model, then it would be more beneficial from the environmental, social, and economic perspectives. In comparison to other sustainability models, the nested model is chosen because each sustainability pillar is heavily reliant on one another. Location, time, and lack of student use are few considerations that effect the social aspect of shuttle systems. Expanding the time frame that shuttles operate as well as increasing the destinations traveled would be a significant improvement. The goal of this study is to limit the student use of vehicles on campus and allow more students to use the shuttle system. We will conduct a survey to identify the major drawbacks that should be improved. A stakeholder analyses will provide a detailed analysis of the stakeholders involved. This work is advantageous as it allows for socio-economic growth on campus in addition to reducing the carbon footprint on campus.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark, SURF, Research Abroad, Student Internal Grants, or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Use of Shuttle Buses to Improve Sustainability on ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus

Use of Shuttle Buses to Improve Sustainability on ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus

Sustainability is a wholistic topic that concerns major institutions and is important in the longevity of projects. College campuses, being extremely large, have profound impacts on their communities and thus are excellent places to apply sustainability. This is especially true at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus at Daytona Beach, due to the school’s affiliation with aviation. Currently, the biggest problem with the shuttle system is the inefficient use due to limited hours of operation and limited destinations. If we apply the nested sustainability model, then it would be more beneficial from the environmental, social, and economic perspectives. In comparison to other sustainability models, the nested model is chosen because each sustainability pillar is heavily reliant on one another. Location, time, and lack of student use are few considerations that effect the social aspect of shuttle systems. Expanding the time frame that shuttles operate as well as increasing the destinations traveled would be a significant improvement. The goal of this study is to limit the student use of vehicles on campus and allow more students to use the shuttle system. We will conduct a survey to identify the major drawbacks that should be improved. A stakeholder analyses will provide a detailed analysis of the stakeholders involved. This work is advantageous as it allows for socio-economic growth on campus in addition to reducing the carbon footprint on campus.