Restoring the Redwood River

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The Redwood River Clean Water Project, an accelerated program to restore the Redwood River and Lake Redwood, was officially launched in 1995. It began as a response to deteriorati…

Reducing Residential Water Consumption with Feedback in Melbourne, Australia

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Aitken, C. K., McMahon, T. A., Wearing, A. J. & Finlayson, B. L. (1994). Residential water use: Predicting and reducing consumption. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24, 2, 136-158.
Since residential water use is quite high in Melbourne, Australia, a pilot program was designed to lower consumption. First, a literature review was conducted to identify behavior…

Residential Development Water Use Feedback

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Chris Dewey New Port Richey January 04, 2006 02:16 PM
Here in Florida, most new developments are Master Planned Communities. There usually is a single water main to supply the entire water needs of the community (some have reclaimed …

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

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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…

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

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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…

The Impact of Personal Metering in the Management of a Natural Resource Crisis: A Social Dilemma Analysis

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Van Vugt, M. & Samuelson, C. D. (1999). The impact of personal metering in the management of a natural resource crisis: A social dilemma analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 6, 731-745.
A field study (with 76 Ss [mean age 43 yrs]) and scenario study (with 64 Ss [mean age 45 yrs]) were conducted to investigate the impact of a structural solution in the management …

Behavioral Interventions in Resource Conservation: A System Approach Based on Behavioral Economics

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Winkler, R. C., & Winett, R. A. (1982). Behavioral interventions in resource conservation: A system approach based on behavioral economics. American Psychologist, 37, 4, 421-435.
Outlines some of the advantages of an integration of psychological (social-learning) and economic conceptualizations when developing behavioral interventions in resource conservat…

Residential Water Use: Predicting and Reducing Consumption

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Aitken, C. K., McMahon, T. A., Wearing, A. J. & Finlayson, B. L. (1994). Residential water use: Predicting and reducing consumption. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24, 2, 136-158.
Assessed variation in residential water consumption and evaluated methods of encouraging residents to reduce their consumption. Survey data were collected by mail questionnaire in…

Using Road Signs to Provide Community Feedback on Water Use

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Christopher Yardley Canberra January 31, 2009 12:36 AM
Variable message (road) signs are designed and have been used to give warning / hazard notices to road users. In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) they are used to tell road …

The Environmentalist who Cried Drought: Reactions to Repeated Warnings about Depleting Resources Under Conditions of Uncertainty

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Joireman, J., Posey, D., Truelove, H., & Parks, C. (2009). The environmentalist who cried drought: Reactions to repeated warnings about depleting resources under conditions of uncertainty. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29(2), 181-192.
Three studies examined the impact of warnings about depleting resources. In Study 1, participants played 16 trials of a 5-person resource dilemma game with complete resource uncer…

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