The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior: Tips for empowering people to take environmentally positive action

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10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Guide
Research
Abstract: 

There are many ways we can empower ourselves, and those around us, to live more sustainably. Psychology, the study of human behavior, offers many insights. The purpose of this handbook is to introduce you to research-based tips from psychology to help you in your personal, community, and workplace efforts to empower sustainability.

The recommendations are based on empirical research; most of the studies described here have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. This document represents many years of psychological studies. Psychology is a diverse field with many contributions to make. Dr. Christina Manning has summarized the studies and findings most relevant to sustainability and sustainable behavior change.

The handbook begins with an overview of the psychology of sustainable behavior, providing a short background on this field of study. The following section then describes how the tips from psychology fit into sustainability campaigns and explains how individual sustainability contributes to broader social and policy change. There are seven separate tips and they are listed in order of importance.

Download the document at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/enzq7b6.

Author: 
Christina Manning, Ph.D.
Topic Areas: 
Sustainability
Target Audience: 
Adult
All
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Pages/Length: 
34 pp.
Date Produced/Published: 
09/1/09
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

Document Number: p-ee1-01
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd N
St. Paul, MN 55155-4194
651-296-6300 or toll free 800-657-3864

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