The Check, Clean, Dry Campaign

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Using Social Norms to Reduce Household Energy Consumption

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Schultz P. W., Nolan J. M., Cialdini R. B., Goldstein N. J., Griskevicius Vladas (2007). The Constructive, Destructive, and Reconstructive Power of Social Norms. Psychological Science, 18(5), 429-434.
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Reducing Lunchtime Garbage Produced by New Brunswick Students Using Prompts and Commitment

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The litterless lunch reduced the volume of garbage produced by 478.29 in or approximately 1/2 a bag. In addition, there was a reduction in weight by 5.93 lbs.

Using Commitment and Communication to Increase Grass Cycling in Suburban Neighborhoods

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Cobern, M. K., Porter, B.E., Leeming, F.C., & Dwyer, W.O. (1995). The effect of commitment on adoption and diffusion of grass cycling. Special Issue: Litter control and recycling. Environment and Behavior, 27, 2, 213-232.
Before the introduction of the behavior change tools, grass bags were present at curbside 50% of the time. After four weeks of intervention, the commitment group had reduced this…

Using Communication to Increase Participation in a Curbside Recycling Program in Claremont, Ca.

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Burn, S. M. (1991). Social psychology and the stimulation of recycling behaviors: The block leader approach. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 21, 8, 611-629.
During the 11 week post treatment phase, 28% of non-recyclers who were visited by the block leaders began recycling. In contrast, only 12% of the information only group began rec…

Communication and Commitment Improve Participation in Curbside Recycling in Claremont California

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Burn, S. M., & Oskamp, S. (1986). Increasing community recycling with persuasive communication and public commitment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 16, 1, 29-41.
In both the commitment and the combined group, 42% of households began recycling. Thirty-nine percent started participating in the communication group. In contrast, only 11% began…

Increasing Participation in Curbside Paper Recycling Using Verbal Prompts in Chicago

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Spaccarelli, S., Zolik, E. & Jason, L. A. (1989-1990). Effects of verbal prompting and block characteristics on participation in curbside newspaper recycling. Journal of Environmental Systems, 19, 1, 45-57.
The information only group had only 2.4% of participants recycle at least once during the 21 weeks following the intervention. In contrast, 30% of the information and verbal prom…

The Influence of Message Framing On University Student's Intent to Participate in Sustainable Behavior

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Davis, J. J. (1995). The effects of message framing on response to environmental communications. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 72, 2, 285-299.
Framing communication did have an effect on participants' responses to a message and on their intent to behave sustainably. The message was more effective when the recommended be…

Using Television Modeling to Reduce Energy Consumption in Roanoke,Virginia

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Winett, R. A., Leckliter, I. N., Chinn, D. E., Stahl, B., & Love, S. Q. (1985). Effects of television modeling on residential energy conservation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 18, 1, 33-44.
Overall, the three media conditions reduced energy consumption by 10%. Furthermore, 75% of households in both the letter/phone call and letter/phone call/home visit used some of …

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.
Since the home audit program is expensive to complete (US$ 115), PG&E hoped to make the visits as influential as possible. Through the use of communication and commitment, audito…

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