Lesson 2:3 Formal Report Progress by Erfan Ahmed

To: Dr. Erika Paterson, ENGL 301 Instructor

From: Erfan Ahmed, ENGL 301 Student

Date: November 15th, 2019

Subject: Progress Report for Reducing household waste and carbon emissions in promoting a sustainable lifestyle in Vancouver

Hello Dr. Paterson,

Attached, you will find the following progress report for my research topic on Reducing household waste and carbon emissions in promoting a sustainable lifestyle in Vancouver. I have included purpose statement and summary for this formal report, the intended audience and study participants, the research plan, and the proposed writing schedule for the remainder of the semester. I have also included the research method questionnaires and surveys that I will be using towards my data collection.

Formal Report Purpose

To provide awareness and find countermeasures and solutions towards the rising concerns of increased climate change that has played a significant role in contributing towards environmental problems pertained mainly due to household waste and carbon emissions. In order to meet Vancouver’s envision to become the greenest city by 2020, the city will have to combat issues relating to these issues by implementing changes in the lifestyles of residents living within the Metro Vancouver region. 


Audience/Research Participants

The purpose of this report is to present strategic solutions and action plans to City Council members by directly inputting feedback from residents living within the Metro Vancouver region, with an aim to educate and provide solutions geared towards efficient household waste and incentivize programs to lower carbon emissions


Research Plan

Research will be conducted using a survey and questionnaire related to the average individuals everyday quality of life such as household food items purchased, expected timeline of food items in the fridge, waste sorting methods in the household and current transportation methods that are used to get to work or school.


Writing Schedule

October 11, 2019 -Formal Report Proposal submitted

October 11, 2019- Email memo to instructor regarding formal report proposal submitted

October 15, 2019- Peer review of report proposal completed

November 9, 2019- Formal report outline completed

November 15, 2019- Progress report memo to instructor (completed)

November 15- December 15, 2019-  Will be conducting research and analyzing peer-reviewed articles and news reports

December 4, 2019- Formal report draft (to be completed)

December 10, 2019-Peer review of formal report draft (to be completed)

December 19, 2019- Due date for the Final copy of the Formal report

According to the proposed schedule outlined in my report, I look forward to completing each of the assigned items towards the final formal report that will be due by the end of the semester. Furthermore, I look forward to hearing back from you regarding any constructive feedback that I can use to improve on my work, and any other suggestions related to this matter.

I appreciate your cooperation and look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Best regards,


Link to survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HKvEoKTmN83BwG9MuML90OPv3oi5QKW3pfbwFq-byYc/prefill


One comment on “Lesson 2:3 Formal Report Progress by Erfan Ahmed
  1. erikapaterson says:

    Hello Erfan,

    Thank you for posting the Progress Report. I am a little confused though, in my comments on your Proposal I indicated that a Report of this nature is NOT for a general audience. And, you need to include a copy of the survey for my approval.

    Please review the last Evaluation sheet I sent out to you re:
    “Thank you for this proposal; this is certainly a worthwhile investigation. But, Erfan. Please see my comments below; overall you need to review the textbook assignment guidelines and re-think this proposal. You need to present the Formal report to a reader(s) who has the authority to act on your final recommendations. This proposal would be excellent if you were writing a research paper – but, you are not. Thanks, I hope my comments are helpful.
    Subject: Proposal for reducing household waste and carbon emissions in promoting a sustainable lifestyle and ending world hunger
    “Ending world hunger” is a little too ambitious for this Report; reducing household waste and carbon emissions is an excellent idea. But who will be your Reader? To whom will you present this report?
    The primary sources will include analyzing publications on wasting and climate change, as well as finding solutions that will be realistic in the long term.
    Please review the instructions and the textbook re: primary sources; publications are not primary sources; they are secondary sources.

    Please do follow the above instructions, and re-think who your audience, alert me via email when you have completed these changes. Thank you Erika

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