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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
abstract
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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author
organization
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
Pro-environmental behavior, ecological footprint, self-assessments, sustainability, survey research
journal title
ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR
volume
50
issue
2
pages
187 - 212
publisher
SAGE Publications
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000419459400003
ISSN
0013-9165
1552-390X
DOI
10.1177/0013916517693046
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
8524004
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8524004
date created
2017-06-15 18:45:22
date last changed
2018-06-14 14:02:59
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  abstract     = {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{\textquoteright}s environmental impact. Second, we compare the individuals{\textquoteright} 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{\textquoteright} attitudes toward the environment, whereas the EF is mainly explained by sociodemographic characteristics.},
  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},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
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.
APA
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.
Vancouver
1.
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.
MLA
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.