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Summer school on ‘green’ choices

The psychology of environmentally friendly behaviour
09 July 2009

Consumer behaviour is an important factor in environmental problems. Domestic energy use and car use, for example, lead to CO2 emissions. So how can you get people to behave in a more environmentally friendly way? How can you stimulate ‘green’ choices such as driving less, showering more quickly, using low-energy light bulbs and insulating homes? These are the key questions at the first ‘Summer School on Theories in Environmental Psychology’ (STEP2009), which will be organized from 13-17 July 2009 by the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen.

The Summer School will bring together PhD students from various countries and important organizations in the field of sustainability. All of the fifty young scientists participating in the Summer School conduct research in the field of environmental psychology.

During the Summer School, the participants will develop research proposals directed towards understanding, explaining and changing behaviour that results in environmental problems. By so doing the young scientists will attempt to find solutions to questions and problems proposed by the main sponsors of the Summer School – the Ministry of VROM, the municipality of Groningen, Eneco, SenterNovem, Transumo, Gasunie and the University energy centre EDReC.

There will be five separate workshops, each concentrating on a specific sustainability theme. Ten international experts in the field of environmental psychology, including Wesley Schultz and John Thøgerson, will supervise the Summer School. Topics will include the following: domestic energy use, acceptance of environmental policy and the effects of interventions directed towards reducing energy consumption. The Summer School will be opened on 13 July by the Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen, Frans Zwarts.

Note for the press

More information:
- K.E. (Kees) Keizer, tel. 050-363 6461, e-mail:
- Prof. E.M. (Linda) Steg, tel. 050-363 6482, e-mail:

Last modified:04 January 2018 3.22 p.m.

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