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Motivating People Toward Sustainability


Friday, February 7, 2014, Wolfson Campus, Room 8106,  10 am - 12 Noon
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Awarding 4 hours of Professional Development (In approval process - 2 hours Face-to-Face, 2 hours post-workshop)

Workshop Description

Participants will learn about the Green Five, an evidence-based psychologically-informed framework for considering environmental behaviors and motives, and how this taxonomy has been used to benchmark colleges and departments in terms of the breadth of their environmental programs and individual behaviors. In addition, participants will consider campus sustainability programs within the Green Five framework including target audiences and identify how best to motivate those individuals toward particular sustainable behaviors. This workshop shows how considering the full breadth of environmental behaviors and motives helps individuals interested in bringing about sustainability to develop more effective change initiatives.

As a result of this workshop participant will be able to:

-         Describe the Green Five framework of environmental behavior

-         List the variety of motives that drive the sustainability performance of the people they work with every day.

-         Apply the Green Five framework to their own programs to inform sustainability initiative design.

-         List available resources for measuring environmental behavior and evaluating the effectiveness of sustainability   programs.

Evaluation will include completion of the workshop.  Additionally, participants shall either, a) write a reflection paper, minimum of one page, providing steps to including the Green Five in a campus sustainability initiative, or b) create a discipline-specific lesson plan that incorporates the taxonomy and/or the concepts it demonstrates.  Paper or lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop.

Resources:   Green Five

Deniz S. Ones is the Hellervik Professor of Industrial Psychology and is Distinguished McKnight Professor at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on individual differences (personality, cognitive ability, job performance, counterproductive work behaviors, employee  green behaviors) in work settings. She co-edited the best-selling, two-volume Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology (2001) and served as an editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Brenton M. Wiernik is a research assistant of the Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on the measurement, prediction, and promotion of environmental sustainability in organizations, which he has been conducting research on since joining the University of Minnesota in 2008.  His work has been featured in numerous conference presentations, and he has consulted on environmental sustainability for several non-profit organizations. Brenton also has active research programs in the areas of personality, assessment method fairness, and teacher effectiveness.

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