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Reducing Lunchtime Garbage Produced by New Brunswick Students Using Prompts and Commitment

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A literature review revealed that prompts and commitment were effective tools in reducing the amount of garbage produced at lunchtime. These behavior change tools were then integr…

Using Commitment to Reduce Energy Consumption in Iowa City

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Pallak, M.S., D.A. Cook and J.J. Sullivan (1980). Commitment and Energy Conservation. In L. Bickman (ed.), Applied Social Psychology Annual 235-253, Beverley Hills, Ca: Sage.
First, a literature review identified public commitment as an effective tool for behavior change. In order to further investigate the effectiveness of commitment, this tool was in…

Improving Energy Conservation With Effective Home Audit Programs in California Using Communication and Commitment

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Aronson, E. (1990). Applying social psychology to desegregation and energy conservation. Special Issue: Illustrating the value of basic research. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 16, 1, 118-132.
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in California provided a home audit program as a method to improve energy conservation. This initiative gave homeowners a free home ins…

Encouraging Environmentally Friendly Shopping using Prompts, Commitment and Norms

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Customers at a Zehr's supermarket in Kitchener, Ontario were encouraged to purchase environmentally friendly products. 168 products were identified that either had least-waste pac…

Adopt-A-Road

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Adopt-A-Road is a successful program that encourages waste reduction in southern Indiana. The goal is to obtain volunteers who will adopt at least one mile of a road. Individuals …

Using Group Commitment to Increase Paper Recycling in a Nursing Home in Portand, Oregon

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Wang, T. H. & Katzev, R. D. (1990). Group commitment and resource conservation: Two field experiments on promoting recycling. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, 4, Part 1, 265-275.
After conducting a literature review, a pilot program was designed to increase paper recycling in a nursing home in Portland, Oregon. First, residents received and information app…
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