The Relationship between the Occupation of Residential Green Buildings and Pro-environmental Behavior and Beliefs

American Real Estate Society
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The Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, 2013, 5 (1), pp. 1 - 22
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The United Nations strives to promote a healthier society and to develop sustainability, with initiatives such as the New Green Economy, which is part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This paper uses a survey of owners and occupiers, using two conceptual frameworks known as the Four Myths of Nature and place theory to investigate whether living in 'green' buildings induces behavioral changes leading to a greener society. The results show that it is not possible to conclude that green buildings are inhabited by green occupants, and that physical design and green development alone can harness the attitudes and behaviors associated with green citizenship. Thus, policymakers and developers should not exclusively rely on agreen built environment to promote green behavior.
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