Encouraging sustainability in the workplace: a survey on the pro-environmental behaviour of university employees

V. Blok, R. Wesselink, O. Studynka, R.G.M. Kemp

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Abstract

In order to enhance more sustainable behaviour in households, recent research focuses on the identification of factors that have an impact on sustainable or pro-environmental behaviour. The aim of this study is to identify factors that could predict pro-environmental behaviour in the workplace. While many studies focused on the behaviour of households, this study is one of the first that focuses exclusively on pro-environmental behaviour in the workplace. Based on a comprehensive literature review, two groups of factors were identified which could predict pro-environmental behaviour in the workplace: internal factors and external factors. Next, the model was tested among employees of a green university in the Netherlands. Based on the results of this study, it can be concluded that the theory of planned behaviour can explain pro-environmental behaviour in the workplace. At the same time, the results show that there are clear differences between factors influencing pro-environmental behaviour in households and in the workplace. Furthermore, also other factors like leadership support and exemplary pro-environmental behaviour by leaders are at stake in case of pro-environmental behaviour in the workplace, and have a significant positive impact on employee's intention to act pro-environmentally. The findings of this study have various managerial implications for green companies and organizations in general and green universities in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-67
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • planned behavior
  • proenvironmental behavior
  • life-styles
  • ecological behavior
  • situational factors
  • higher-education
  • values
  • attitudes
  • norms
  • determinants

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