What prevents us from acting sustainably? How can we promote more sustainable behavior in ourselves and in our communities? Does individual environmental behavior matter “in the big picture”?
The rest of the semester, students in ENVS 130: Environmental Forays will all be examining these questions through an experiential class project aptly named The Sustainable Behavior Foray (SBF). Each student will select one existing behavior they’d like to change to a more sustainable alternative and keep a blog about the process. Whether you’d like to cut out plastic water bottles, reduce the amount of meat in your diet, become a die-hard recycler/composter or something else entirely, in this assignment you’ll experiment with sustainable behavior change and reflect on the process along the way.
The goal of this project is for each of us to examine and apply theories of sustainable behavior change using ourselves as individual experiments. You’ll reflect on what is challenging about changing one’s behavior, what motivates us, and ultimately what this all means for environmental quality.
So go forth and behave sustainably!