Cover, Cover, Cover.........
The cover to a long research project such as this must be exciting. Although there is a saying you can't judge a book by its cover.....that doesn't mean that everybody goes by that. You have to think like a grader...If you are reading multiple 30 page research papers in a row and you come across one with a very plain cover page, it can only affect your grade in a negative way.
The cover should have a color scheme according to your topic, along with graphics or shapes that also pertain to your issue. When you using a color scheme, graphics, or shapes...be sure not to go overboard. All of these things should attract the attention the reader to the title...or spark the interest of the reader to want to look at the paper.
I have drawn up a few sketched outlines. None of these designs are final, but I think that I have started off on the right foot.
I used a cool color, color scheme and circular or rounded shapes. Both of which reminded me of water, because our development goal is water sustainability.