Attempts to Promote Residential Water Conservation with Educational, Behavioral and Engineering Strategies

Geller, E. S., Erickson, J. B., & Buttram, B. A. Attempts to promote residential water conservation with educational, behavioral and engineering strategies. Vol. 6. 1983. 96-112.
The water meters of 129 residences in Blacksburg, Virginia were read for 70 consecutive days. After 5 wks of baseline, state-of-the-art education, feedback, and engineering interv…

Who Cares about Water Pollution? Opinions in a Small-Town Crisis

Hamilton, L. C. Who cares about water pollution? Opinions in a small-town crisis. Vol. 55. 1985. 170-181.
Following the discovery that the water supply in a small New England town had become contaminated by industrial chemicals, a mailed questionnaire survey was conducted of water use…

Water Use as a Commons Dilemma: The Effects of Education that Focuses on Long-Term Consequences and Individual Action

Thompson, S. C., & Stoutemyer, K. Water use as a commons dilemma: The effects of education that focuses on long-term consequences and individual action. Vol. 23. 1991. 314-333.
Randomly assigned 171 households to 1 of 4 groups: commons education, economic interest education, participation control, and no contact control. Water use was recorded for the 2-…

Invoking Social Norms:A Social Psychology Perspective on Improving Hotels' Linen-Reuse Programs

Goldstein, N., Griskevicius, V., Cialdini, R. (2007). Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, 48(2), 145-150.
Social psychology theory can be applied to such mundane purposes as encouraging guests to reuse their washroom towels. In contrast to the appeals now in use to persuade guests to …

Using Cognitive Dissonance to Encourage Water Conservation

Dickerson CA, Thibodeau, R., Aronson, E., Miller, D. (1992). Using Cognitive Dissonance to Encourage Water Conservation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 22 (11), 841854.
In a field experiment on water conservation, we aroused dissonance in patrons of the campus recreation facility by making them feel hypocritical about their showering habits. Usin…

Dormitory Residents Reduce Electricity Consumption when Exposed to Real-Time Visual Feedback and Incentives

Petersen, J., Shunturov, V., Janda, K., Platt, G., & Weinberger, K. (2007). Dormitory Residents Reduce Electricity Consumption when Exposed to Real-Time Visual Feedback and Incentives. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 8(1), 16.
Purpose: In residential buildings, personal choices influence electricity and water consumption. Prior studies indicate that information feedback can stimulate resource conservati…

Social Norms: An Underestimated and Underemployed Lever for Managing Climate Change

Griskevicius,V., Cialdini, R.B., and Goldstein, N.J. (2008). Social Norms: An Underestimated and Underemployed Lever for Managing Climate Change. International Journal for Sustainability Communication, 3, 5-13.
It is widely recognized that communications that make social norms salient can be effective in influencing behavior. What is surprising, given the strength of the evidence, is how…

Environmental Beliefs and Endorsement of Sustainable Development Principles in Water Conservation: Toward a New Human Interdependence Paradigm Scale

Corral-Verdugo, V., Carrus, G., Bonnes, M., Moser, G., & Sinha, J. (2008). Environmental beliefs and endorsement of sustainable development principles in water conservation: Toward a New Human Interdependence Paradigm scale. Environment and Behavior, 40(5), 703-725.
It is thought that a dichotomy exists between two apparently contradictory belief systems: the so-called "Human Exception Paradigm" (HEP)--an anthropocentric belief system--and th…

Preferences for Landscape Choice in a Southwestern Desert City

Yabiku, S., Casagrande, D., & Farley-Metzger, E. (2008, May). Preferences for landscape choice in a Southwestern desert city. Environment and Behavior, 40(3), 382-400.
Through outdoor water consumption, residential landscaping behavior affects public policy and the environment in the American Southwest. We propose a decision framework based on c…

Tapping into Water Shortage Solution

Wade,-Beth (2000). Tapping into water shortage solution. American City and County , 115, 8, 45-48, 54-58.
The writer reviews the various approaches cities are taking to deal with water shortages. Changes in climate and expanding urban populations are some of the causes of the drough…

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