Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effectiveness of a San Francisco Bay area community education program on reducing home energy use
by Wilkinson, Ellen M., M.S., San Jose State University, 2012, 166; 1513683
Abstract (Summary)

In order to promote the adoption of home energy reduction practices and mitigate the climate impact of the collective greenhouse gas emissions generated by consumers, it is critical to identify an effective educational approach. A community-based educational intervention model that employs norms, information, commitment, feedback, and face-to-face communication strategies was examined for its ability to motivate changes in everyday energy-use behavior in two communities compared to a control group. A follow up study was also conducted to evaluate whether behaviors adopted as a result of the intervention were long lasting, and whether the community-focused features of the intervention were motivating to participants. Results showed that a greater number of individuals participated in the intervention over its five-month duration, reported significantly higher numbers of adopted behaviors, and maintained more adopted behaviors post-intervention than did people in the control group. In addition, intervention participants reported that some of the community-based features of the intervention motivated their behavior changes. These findings lend support to a number of social and community psychology theories about how to design effective interventions by leveraging social awareness and support.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Russell, William H.
Commitee: Oyamot, Clifton, Todd, Anne Marie
School: San Jose State University
Department: Environmental Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Social psychology, Energy
Keywords: Community energy education program, Community-based energy conservation program, Energy conservation, Energy reduction, Environmental education, Household energy use
Publication Number: 1513683
ISBN: 9781267436979
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