Planning for Behavior Change Towards Sustainability

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • Environmental psychology and its connection to urban planning

  • The importance of behavior change in the context of sustainable urban planning

  • New planning approach aiming at behavior change towards sustainability

  • Behavior change and climate action from a global perspective

When it comes to sustainability, we usually focus on technical solutions that promise to make the built world more resource-efficient and environmentally responsible, including installing public transit, insulating our houses, and putting solar panels on our roofs. But the technological availability of infrastructure systems is not why people change from driving their cars to using public transit. Planners must address the choice of one option over another at a deeper level.

This session looks at the multidisciplinary nature of urban planning and how it enables us to understand the different levels of a decision-making process and, ultimately, to change behavior by changing the environment in which the behavior takes place. Discuss the disconnect between environmental knowledge and action—and why people tend to choose unsustainable options over sustainable alternatives. 


Richard Wener , NYU Tandon School of Engineering , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Jennifer Senick , Edward J. Bloustein School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey , Highland Park , NJ (see bio)
Helen Santiago Fink , Washington , DC (see bio)
Petra Hurtado , Urban Breezes , Chicago , IL (see bio)