Today’s most pressing environmental problems are ultimately the products of human decision-making and behavior. Changing behavior is therefore an essential element in creating a sustainable future for humankind. Our approach to addressing society’s grand challenge of sustainability draws heavily upon psychology and integrates methodologies and perspectives from an array of other disciplines. Our research focuses on:

  1. Understanding and modeling decision-making that impacts environmental quality
  2. Developing and evaluating interventions to encourage pro-environmental behavior change
  3. Elucidating the underlying mechanisms of behavior change, including cognitive biases and social influence

Currently we investigate these phenomena as they pertain to:

  • Residential energy use / smart grid
  • Adoption and use of alternative transportation systems and vehicles
  • Adoption and use of sustainable innovations (e.g., solar panels, home energy management technologies)
  • Waste management
  • Wildlife security

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