Effects of Campus Housing on Sustainable Decision-Making

Marissa Byers Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Julia Angstmann Butler University
This research project will examine which factors are the biggest motivators for college students to lead environmentally unfriendly lifestyles. Single-use plastics, food waste, and other preventable waste are large contributors to pollution problems and climate change. College life can be conducive to behaviors that have a negative impact on the earth, so this study will look at which housing styles (i.e. dorms, campus apartments, independent living) lead to environmentally irresponsible behaviors (such as not properly recycling, buying individually packaged food or drink, eating out when a student could prepare food his or herself, etc.). It will also look for which motivating factors have the biggest influence on consumer decisions. The study will be conducted by surveying students from Butler University and other schools in the U.S.. The target campus will be Butler University, but the study will include responses from campuses throughout Indiana as well. The survey itself will not take more than 10 minutes in order to encourage student participation. The findings of the survey will help researchers pinpoint which factors are the greatest influence for college students, looking at convenience, quality, cost, amount of time required, and access. The results of the study will help sustainability coordinators for universities identify potential projects and areas of concern. Ideally, the study itself will also help students realize how their consumption decisions impact environmental health.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:45 PM
Gallahue Hall 101