February 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lynnhurst Recreation Center
1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Are you someone who cares about the environment and wishes more people would make environmentally sustainable choices?  Have you ever wondered how you can help people make those choices?  You won’t want to miss this!

 Saturday, February 25, 2017
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lynnhurst Community Center  

The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior:  A skill-building workshop to support voluntary behavior change

Developed and Facilitated by Dr. Christie Manning, Macalester College
Building a sustainable community will come about through many human decisions, some large and consequential (e.g. what will our community put on the roads to mitigate ice in winter?), some small and seemingly innocuous (e.g. should I water my lawn today?).  When people make these decisions, the environmental and social consequences are often not their primary consideration.  Instead, choices and actions are driven by the set of circumstances and priorities they face in the moment.  In this workshop, Dr. Manning will introduce a set of psychological guidelines, drawn from research studies, that help create situations where the sustainable choice is also the most obvious or appealing.  These guidelines facilitate individual-level action, and build bridges to larger-scale, city-level systemic change.

The workshop will offer several exercises designed to help you:

  1. Identify and overcome barriers that stop people from taking action.
  2. Understand your community’s identity and values.
  3. Build social norms for sustainability.
  4. Meet people’s deeper psychological needs.

The workshop facilitator, Dr. Christie Manning, has spent the last 15 years applying psychological research to issues of natural resource use, social justice, and sustainability.

REGISTER HERE.  Registration deadline is February 17, 2017.

Questions, email lynnhurst.env.comm@gmail.com.

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