Evaluation of an informational and behavior change program to increase students' self-reported energy conservation

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, State University of New York at Brockport

Publication Release Date: May 24, 2017
Date Posted: Feb. 28, 2018
Submitted by: Jade Chalkley
Sustainability Topics: Campus Engagement, Energy
Content Type: Publications
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Periodical Name: Behavioral Interventions
Type: Journal Article


A systematic evaluation of a program, consisting of sustainability education, self-management strategies, and feedback, to decrease college students' energy use was conducted. During treatment, the experimental group showed increased self-reported energy savings relative to baseline levels and relative to the self-reported energy use of the comparison group who were shown only an instructional video on conserving energy. Treatment gains were maintained at a 2-week follow-up. More participants in the experimental group rated their experience as resulting in learning something new about green issues and influencing their pro-environmental behavior compared to the comparison group. This study suggests that further research is warranted, specifically using these strategies in real-life situations.