Environmental collective action: Residential recycling programs

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Many civil and environmental engineering projects involve the ame lioration of environmental problems. Attempts to avoid future and solve current environmental problems are more and more likely to include the inducement of behavior change on a wide scale. The attempts will involve individual-level environmental collectivea ctions: individual-level, b ecause they require widespread par ticipation in particular individual behaviors; environmental, because they involve protecting, maintaining, or improving the physical environment; and collective action, because they involve the production of collective goods—that is, goods that, once produced, are not excludable from the members of a group for which membership does not depend upon contributions toward provision of the collective good. This paper presents individual-levele nvironmental collectiona ctions of interest to civil and environmental engineers, examines the conditions under which participation occurs, and explores the appropriate level of involvement of engineers and nonengineers. It is concluded that engineers should take primary roles in the design of programs involving physical facilities and equipment, and that nortengineers can provide critical insight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-176
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management

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