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Living smart homes : a pilot Australian sustainability education program

Miller, Evonne, Buys, Laurie, & Bell, Lorraine M. (2009) Living smart homes : a pilot Australian sustainability education program. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 3(2), pp. 159-170.

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Abstract

This paper documents the rationale and experience of a pilot Australian sustainability education program, ‘Living Smart Homes’ (LSH) based on a community-based social marketing model. Inspired by the Australian ‘Land for Wildlife’ scheme, LSH is designed to engage homeowners with sustainable practices through face-to-face workshops, an interactive website with action learning modules, and a recognition scheme, a sign displayed in front of participant’s houses to which additions were made as they completed modules on energy, water, waste and transport. Participants were asked to change household behaviours and to discuss the changes and the barriers to participation in the program and to making the behavioural changes.-----

More than 120 people participated in the program. This paper documents feedback from two surveys (n=103) and four focus groups (n=12). Participants enjoyed and learnt from LSH, praising the household sign as a tangible symbol of their commitment to sustainability and a talking point with visitors. Their evaluation of the LSH program, website and workshops, as well as their identification of barriers and recommendations for improvement and expansion of the program, are discussed.

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ID Code: 21261
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Pilot Australian Sustainability Education Program, evaluation, barriers to sustainability, intervention
DOI: 10.1177/097340820900300211
ISSN: 0973-4082
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 13:26
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2013 15:15

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