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The impact of the services, public and industry sectors on energy consumption and waste generation is considerably higher than residential users, and given that an average person spends a significant portion of their waking hours on the job, workplaces are key places for sustainable development learning.
Pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) is defined as “behaviour that consciously seeks to minimise the negative impact of one’s actions on the natural and built world” and can be implemented through workplace sustainability programmes.
Corporate sustainability requires, along with societal, organisational and technological change, sustained PEB from employees. Although part of the solution to minimising the carbon footprint and waste (e.g. by introducing effective heating and ventilation systems or production practices) a major part is attributed to individual behaviour. The idea is to change employee behaviour, which will trigger attitude change. This is done by focusing on actual behavioural consequences, not just intentions or attitudes. Continue reading