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"The Psychology of Sustainability: Motivating Voluntary Behavior Change" with Christie Manning

  • Campus Center, Room 215 1600 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, MN, 55105 United States (map)

This workshop will introduce a set of psychological guidelines, drawn from research studies, that facilitate individual-level voluntary action and create bridges to larger-scale systemic change in the service of sustainability. Guidelines include: 1. identifying basic barriers, 2. appealing to social identity and values, 3. building sustainable social norms, and 4. meeting people’s deep psychological needs such as competence, autonomy, and relatedness.


Christie Manning

Dr. Christie Manning has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She teaches in the department of Environmental Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Christie is a co-author of the recently-published academic textbook, “Psychology for Sustainability." Her research and teaching explore the cognitive, social, and situational factors that influence behavioral and lifestyle choices and how these choices positively or negatively impact ecological and social systems. For the last three years, Christie has been part of a multi-disciplinary community-engaged research project called “Ready and Resilient,” which aims to raise awareness of local climate change impacts while also building capacity of residents in vulnerable communities to take part in adaptation actions at the individual and community levels.