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Meeting People Where They Are: Tactics for Campus Culture Change

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Sustainability often gets associated with placing recycling bins or hosting an earth day event, but these small tasks often mask the complexity of developing a comprehensive program at an institutional ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Effective Peer-to-Peer Behavior Change Programs for Universities

  • University of British Columbia (BC)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

A workshop which aims to prepare participants to design and develop effective peer-to-peer behavior change and sustainability leadership programs within a university setting. The majority of peer-to-peer behavior change programs ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Measuring Change in Pro-environmental Behavior: SJSU's Ecological Footprint Challenge

  • San Jose State University (CA)

In 2009, the Sustainability Initiative at San Jose State University created two unique programs to engage its 25,000 students, faculty, and staff in understanding and taking action on the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Change Starts at “Home:” Promoting Sustainable Living in Residence Halls

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

The Beatles once sang, "You say you want a revolution. Well you know, we all want to change the world." SMU's Residence Life program wanted to help change the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Wear the Sun! Sixteen Texas State University Students Change Campus

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

"Wear the Sun!" Yes, wear the sun. Reduce the amount of your use of electricity, hence coal. Save the fibers in your clothes by choosing to line dry your wet ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Stimulating Behavioral Change through Visual Media Campaign

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)

Auraria's Sustainable Campus Program (SCP) is funded and led by students at Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver which all ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Promoting sustainable behavior with motion sensing power strips and desk lamps

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The paper presents the outcomes of a pilot program at the University of Michigan intended to influence people's attitudes and behaviors relating to energy consumption, through the adoption of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Changing Behavior, One Phase at a Time

  • University of Virginia (VA)

After watching Colin Beavan's Documentary "No Impact Man", our Earth Week planning team tried to fit his "No Impact Experiment" into a week but due to overcrowding and the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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unPLUg: How an Energy Competition Can Permanently Change Behavior

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Many colleges have implemented residential hall competitions to reduce energy; however do these competitions create long-term change in behavior? Too often after the tally is counted many will return to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Fostering change agents for sustainability

  • Tufts University (MA)

Graduate work on the effectiveness of a social psychology-based, experiential learning course on generating undergraduate civic leaders in sustainability behavior change is described. This presentation outlines the structure of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Creating a Sustainable Future: Mind, Heart, Behavioral Change, Resilience

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

We are all, to greater or lesser extents, consumers of food, water, energy, goods, services, and creators of byproducts. The collective impact and global reach of our consumptive habits is ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Scientific Laboratories Becoming More Efficient through Behavioral Changes & Equipment Solutions

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Laboratories at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU-Boulder) typically use 5-7 times more energy than classroom or office space. Like many universities, until recently, CU laboratories have not been a focal ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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How to engage people in behavioural change for sustainable development

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

The University of Ottawa, Canada, has been advancing sustainable development through its communications and outreach strategies. Considering the budget, and the problem faced by any institutions of its size, the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Building Campus Partnerships for Successful Behavior Change Campaigns

  • University of Utah (UT)

Campus sustainability initiatives often hinge on influencing other people to change their behavior towards more pro-environmental actions. A growing body of social science research demonstrates that to achieve significant progress ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Providing Pomona Students with Line Drying Options: Changing Behavior and Reducing Energy Use One Sock at a Time

  • Pomona College (CA)

In Spring 2008, Pomona College began two projects to give students the opportunity to line dry their clothes. The first project was the installation of eight large, high-quality drying racks ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability Attitudes and Behaviors of Incoming Freshmen at Juniata College

  • Juniata College (PA)

Juniata College has been administering an environmental attitudes survey to incoming freshmen since 2005. The objective of the survey is to document students' attitudes and behaviors towards environmental issues. The ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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We All Have a Part to Play: The Influence of Multiple Stakeholders on the Path to Operational Sustainability at Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Michigan State University is working to become a leader in sustainability initiatives among land grant universities in the United States. As part of that effort, there are multiple campus-based groups ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Utilizing Community Based Social Marketing to Transform Sustainable Behavior

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Behavior change campaigns have the potential to be highly effective and quite inexpensive. But how do we know which behaviors to target and how to influence these behaviors? Four schools ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Evaluating Penn's Green Living Certification: Successes and Recommendations for Improvement

  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)

As Penn's first environmental certification program aimed at rewarding students' personal behaviors, the Green Living Certification program has the potential to affect behavior change and promote a culture of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Analysis of Student Behaviors Impacting Carbon Emissions Through Community Based Social Marketing Research

  • Oberlin College (OH)

Academic institutions cannot achieve climate neutrality through technology alone; members of the college community must also be engaged in creating a culture of sustainability. This research project employed a community-based ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Sustainable Laundry Operations at Sewanee: The University of the South

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The typical student runs an average of 3.7 cycles of laundry per week. This is almost one full cycle more than other students at universities whose costs are included ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The No Impact Jack Sustainable Living Certificate: A Program Evaluation

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Given the threats of climate change along with limited natural resources, colleges and universities are in a position to role model sustainable practices and provide opportunities for students to learn ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Fostering Sustained Energy Behavior Change And Increasing Energy Literacy In A Student Housing Energy Challenge

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

We designed the Kukui Cup challenge to foster energy conservation and increase energy literacy. Based on a review of the literature, the challenge combined a variety of elements into an ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Changes in Student Values and Behaviors: An Outcomes-Based Program Review of the Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Program

  • Hawaii Pacific University (HI)

The dual purpose of this research study was to evaluate the sustainability and leadership values and behaviors of current and former students of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Peer to Peer Sustainability Outreach Programs: The Interface of Education and Behavior Change

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The current climate change crisis demands immediate and creative approaches for systemic shifts in our culture and actions. In the past several decades, education has played a role in bringing ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Environmentally Responsible Attitudes and Behavior among Elon University Students

  • Elon University (NC)

In 2008, the Elon administration made a commitment towards becoming a carbon-neutral campus. However, most of the action plans are largely infrastructural and do not encourage active student engagement/participation ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Understanding Energy Conservation Attitudes, Knowledge and Behaviors in Science Laboratories at a Tier 1 Research-Intensive University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Energy use per square foot from science research labs is disproportionately higher than other university building uses. Necessary use of energy intensive equipment as well as the time and extent ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Hanging it Out On Campus: A Guide to Providing Line-Drying Options to College Students and Promoting Other Eco-Friendly Laundry Habits

  • Pomona College (CA)

Colleges and universities around the country are moving towards making their campuses more sustainable locations to live and learn. Educational institutions that provide student housing are in the unique position ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Social Marketing as a Means to Influence Student Behavior Towards Energy Conservation

  • University of Mary Washington (VA)

Social marketing is one of many approaches to changing behavioral patterns. In this paper, the specific behavior is electricity conservation and the social marketing is provided by NORESCO, one of ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Conserving Energy in Existing Buildings: A Case Study of Purdue University's Residence Halls

  • Purdue University (IN)

Residence halls are a good example of potential for energy savings in large buildings with varied and complex usage like hotels, youth hostels, and apartment complexes. In such settings, motivating ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Sustainability of Western Kentucky University: An examination of environmental policy, performance, and potential for change

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

Institutions of higher learning are in a pivotal position to address the environmental problems that global society faces now, but response to this challenge requires transformation in priorities and practices ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A community-based social marketing campaign to green the offices at Pacific University: Recycling, paper reduction and environmentally preferable purchasing

  • Antioch University (OH)

This study describes a community-based social marketing (CBSM) research project to bring awareness and behavior change around paper reduction, recycling, and purchasing of environmentally preferred products (EPP) at a small ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Student Activities Climate Change Resource Guide: How Student Affairs Professionals Can Contribute to Campus Climate Neutrality

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Campus presidents and chancellors across the country are committing their institutions to a climate neutral future. As of this writing, more than 550 campus leaders have signed the American College ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Building the Capacity of Change Agents

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Building a movement to advance sustainability culture requires both institutional changes and changes to personal behaviour. Nestled in this movement of creating a sustainable culture is the important role of ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Building a Culture of Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University and its Office for Sustainability apply social learning to leverage behavior change and bridge the "gap" between people's stated aspirations for a sustainable world and their ...

  • Posted June 11, 2015
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Change Your State: Sustainability Awareness Campaign

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Change Your State is NC State University's sustainability awareness campaign. Initiated and coordinated by the University Sustainability Office, the campaign involves over a dozen campus partners, including departments and ...

  • Posted April 11, 2014
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Green Impact Goes International

  • MacEwan University (AB)
  • National Union of Students

Recognizing that staff and student engagement is vital to successfully creating a sustainable campus, MacEwan University sought innovative ways to enable, encourage and empower people to achieve practical, tangible behavioural ...

  • Posted April 11, 2014
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Building a Campus Culture of Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University and its Office for Sustainability apply social learning to leverage behavior change and bridge the "gap" between people's stated aspirations for a sustainable world and their ...

  • Posted April 10, 2014
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Social Learning for Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Western Michigan University and its Office for Sustainability apply social learning to leverage behavior change and bridge the "gap" between people's stated aspirations for a sustainable world and their ...


Take Action on Waste: A Community Based Social Marketing Project in Student Residences

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Take Action on Waste began in 2010 as a project at the University of Alberta that aims to improve waste diversion behaviours in residences. Challenges with infrastructure and education at ...


Behavior Matters—A Business Case for Behavior-Based Conservation Programs

  • Stanford University (CA)

The link between energy retrofits and cost savings is well established, but occupants are often unaware of "behind the scenes" improvements. How can universities educate building occupants to optimize efficiency ...

  • Posted June 14, 2011
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Friday Night Lights: Social Networking Meets Energy Savings

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

Students gathered every Friday evening at 6:30pm at the Union. They armed themselves with clipboards and checklists, and divided into teams. Lights left on in classrooms and hallways in ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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