Campus conservation initiatives: factors influencing student engagement, attitudes and behaviours
by Rick Gage; David Graefe
International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability (IJHES), Vol. 2, No. 3, 2019

Abstract: College campuses play a primary role in promoting and facilitating sustainability and pro-environmental behaviour. While many studies have focused on campus sustainability efforts, few have specifically focused on how students interact with campus conservation initiatives, factors that influence these interactions, and how interactions are related to attitudes and behaviours. The purpose of this study is to examine factors that influence student engagement with campus conservation initiatives, and the relationships between engagement, demographics, attitudes, and behaviours. Analyses revealed more similarities than differences between demographic groups, and the differences that were found were too small to be of practical importance. Of greater importance was the finding that student who had been exposed to conservation projects via a course or professor showed greater overall engagement and more frequent participation in pro-environmental behaviours. Path analyses suggest that student engagement with campus conservation initiatives and general environmental attitudes can be used to predict pro-environmental behaviours.

Online publication date: Wed, 28-Aug-2019

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