Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

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PDF icon Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

A handbook introducing research-based tips from psychology to help you in efforts to empower sustainability in your personal life, community, and workplace. (2009)


How does one bring about voluntary change? It requires an understanding of the complex, interacting factors that influence behavior.

Psychology, the scientific study of human behavior, can provide valuable insight into these factors, and how they can be overcome. With the help of psychology, environmental programs can focus their resources on specific, cost-effective methods. Unfortunately, few people working directly on solving environmental problems are aware of the many psychological findings that could be helpful in shaping environmental programs.

This handbook introduces research-based tips from psychology to empower sustainability in your personal life, community, and workplace. The recommendations are based on empirical research—many years of psychological studies and findings published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

The handbook focuses on studies and findings most relevant to sustainability and sustainable behavior change. Tips for success are supported by research and specific recommendations.

Acknowledgements

Author: Christie Manning, Ph.D.

This handbook was funded, in part, through a 2007 Environmental Assistance grant; check out other projects in the online grants database.