Tell us about behaviour change for sustainability on your campus!
Join us! We want to hear more from you, an active community-of-practice, about approaches/green nudges you have taken to encourage sustainable behaviour on your campus. This would be used to inform a new piece of research that UN Environment is commissioning with the Behavioural Insights Team and GRID-Arendal which is being developed to support Higher Education institutions in initatives to change behaviour on campus. Your feedback will be useful to generate case-studies for consideration by the report authors.
>> What is a green nudge? A green nudge is a positive and gentle persuasion to influence sustainable behaviours and decisions. Nudges, as a streamlined modification, make people's lives easier, happier, and more rewarding because they help people align their daily choices with the values they already have. They are especially effective because they are quickly uptaken: nudges are Easy, Attractive, Timely and Social.
E.g. among other techniques, we can encourage and promote sustainable choices by changing the framing or setting of choices (default settings), setting default outcomes, harnessing social influence and making sustainable options more salient. Hanging up posters around campus to educate about the environmental impacts of driving a car might help people learn something, but offering free or discounted bus passes to students has a higher likelihood of actually getting them to stop driving to school and taking the bus instead.
>> Why do we need this? Because simply providing information doesn't always lead to action, while nudges can help influence more concrete behaviour changes.
Deadline: December 10th, 2019
1. Name of university / college / higher and further education institution
2. Location (city, country)
3. Name and title of individual completing the survey
4. Email address
5. Is your institution working to encourage sustainable behaviour/green nudges on campus?
6. What kind of sustainable behaviour has your campus tried to encourage? (e.g. sustainable food choices, alternative transport, reduced food waste, higher engagement in environmental initiatives, etc. Please list all that apply)
7. What kind of strategies/green nudges were used to encourage these behaviours? (e.g. charging people more for single-use containers to encourage them to bring their own coffee mugs, food containers, etc.)
8. Who was your target audience? (e.g. faculty, students, etc)
9. What was the outcome and/or impact? (e.g. If you developed a mandatory course on environment and sustainability to be taken by every student regardless of their program of study, did this increase the student body's overall environmental awareness? Were there any concrete changes in behaviour to be noticed?)
10. What worked well? What didn't work well? Why? (Please include any success stories, lessons learned, barriers or unintended consequences. E.g. If you increased the price of parking passes on campus to discourage students from driving their cars to school, did this lead to a genuine decrease in vehicles and an increase in bikes, buses, etc., or did students still drive to school and park their cars in a nearby parking lot instead? What could have been a more effective strategy to ensuring a decrease in vehicles on campus?)
11. If you would like to be featured in this guidebook publication and have any photos or examples we could include, please do share them with
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