Behavior Analysis and Environmental Sustainability
Rather than highlight one particular person, this Earth Day we wanted to highlight a lesser known subspecialty of Applied Behavior Analysis: Behavior Analysis in Environmental Sustainability.
In 1987, B.F. Skinner himself posed the question, why are we not acting to save the world?
Today, there are behavior analysts conducting research in sustainability and collaborating with experts and policy makers to improve sustainable practices in a variety of areas. Some well-known behavior analysts doing this work include William L Heward, probably best known for the publication of Applied Behavior Analysis with John Cooper and Tim Heron; Scott E. Gellar, author of Preserving the Environment: New Strategies for Behavior Change; and Anthony Biglan, author of The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World.
There are also various behavior analysis organizations dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility:
BACB Fact Sheet - Behavior Analysis in Environmental Sustainability - https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Behavior-Analysis-in-Environmental-Sustainability-Fact-Sheet_210108.pdf
Why are we not acting to save the world by B.F. Skinner. (1987) - http://gator.uhd.edu/~williams/downloads/skinner82.pdf
An Introduction to Sustainable Practices with William Heward (2019) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxjmFCuUync
Behavior Analysis in the Environment: Environmental Sustainability - https://elearning.datafinch.com/Events/ViewEvent/53
Journals and ArticlesBehavior and Social Issues - https://www.springer.com/journal/42822
Special Section: Behavior Analysis and Climate Change. http://babat.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Time-to-Enlist-Heward-IBA5.pdf
The Behavior Analyst Special Edition: The human response to climate change: Ideas from behavior analysis. William L Heward and Paul Chance, Co-Editors.http://babat.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TBA-Climate-Change-Reprint.pdf
Lehman, P.K., Geller, E.S. Behavior Analysis and Environmental Protection: Accomplishments and Potential for More. Behav. Soc. Iss. 13, 13–33 (2004). https://doi.org/10.5210/bsi.v13i1.33
Gelino BW, Erath TG, Reed DD. Going Green: A Systematic Review of Proenvironmental Empirical Research in Behavior Analysis. Behavior and Social Issues. 2021:1-25. doi:10.1007/s42822-020-00043-x https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s42822-020-00043-x?sharing_token=BMniL4Wmcz__kXGCKuMj1fe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY53OCo0exYkzb20ZCxpIs5U2qxJlBj3734mnYMYZ5u1xYL43Wq2u9DwVi8VynVV5mBnHA8ip1CPuOZZLbg0wyOjNYcf11VkA4_Y17hBwOAO-uhh72XVnBpkRr4FcR6u0x8%3D