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The environmental impact of individual behaviour : self-assessment versus the ecological footprint

Brent Bleys (UGent), Bart Defloor (UGent), Luc Van Ootegem (UGent) and Elsy Verhofstadt (UGent)
(2018) ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR . 50(2). p.187-212
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Are individuals able to self-assess the environmental impact of their behavior? To answer this question, we first analyze the different behavioral determinants of the ecological footprint (EF), an often used measure of an individual’s environmental impact. Second, we compare the individuals’ EF with self-assessments of their own environmental impact (self-assessed environmental sustainability [SAES]). We use survey data from Belgium and find that people are largely unaware of the environmental impact they have, as the correlation between the EF and the SAES is small. Finally, we find that SAES reflects, to a large extent, individuals’ attitudes toward the environment, whereas the EF is mainly explained by sociodemographic characteristics.
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Pro-environmental behavior, ecological footprint, self-assessments, sustainability, survey research

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Bleys, Brent, Bart Defloor, Luc Van Ootegem, and Elsy Verhofstadt. 2018. “The Environmental Impact of Individual Behaviour : Self-assessment Versus the Ecological Footprint.” Environment and Behavior  50 (2): 187–212.
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Bleys, B., Defloor, B., Van Ootegem, L., & Verhofstadt, E. (2018). The environmental impact of individual behaviour : self-assessment versus the ecological footprint. ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR  , 50(2), 187–212.
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Bleys B, Defloor B, Van Ootegem L, Verhofstadt E. The environmental impact of individual behaviour : self-assessment versus the ecological footprint. ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR  . SAGE Publications; 2018;50(2):187–212.
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Bleys, Brent, Bart Defloor, Luc Van Ootegem, et al. “The Environmental Impact of Individual Behaviour : Self-assessment Versus the Ecological Footprint.” ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR  50.2 (2018): 187–212. Print.
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  author       = {Bleys, Brent and Defloor, Bart and Van Ootegem, Luc and Verhofstadt, Elsy},
  issn         = {0013-9165},
  journal      = {ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR                                },
  keyword      = {Pro-environmental behavior,ecological footprint,self-assessments,sustainability,survey research},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {187--212},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  title        = {The environmental impact of individual behaviour : self-assessment versus the ecological footprint},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916517693046},
  volume       = {50},
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