Determinants of environmental behavior
Environmental behavior literature is a complex and rich sub-field that can trace its conceptual roots to psychology, environmental science and economic theory. At its core, environmental behavior examines relationships between human behavior and the natural and built environment. As noted by the keystone journal, Environment and Behavior, the field explores research topics that include environmental experiences (e.g., restorativeness, place attachment/identity, environmental perception/cognition); environmental outcomes (e.g., pro-environmental behaviors such as recycling; health-supportive environments; design preferences); and processes linking environments and behaviors that support human well-being.
The attached document provides a crash course in common behavioral motivators, and introduces the theory of planned behavior – the predominant behavioral model used to explain recycling behavior in contemporary academic research