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The impact of curriculum-based learning on environmental literacy and energy consumption with implications for policy

Christopher A. Craig and Myria W. Allen

Utilities Policy, 2015, vol. 35, issue C, 41-49

Abstract: Policy related to energy efficiency programs implemented by utility companies should be informed by an understanding of building occupant behavior change. This case study utilized a longitudinal design and mixed methodology to assess the effect of curriculum-based experiential learning on elementary school students' environmental literacy and energy-saving behaviors. We found that the students significantly improved their environmental literacy. Normalizing kWh consumption for weather, we observed a decrease in energy consumption of more than 15% in student homes and more than 30% at the focal school.

Keywords: Environmental literacy; Policy; Curriculum; Energy efficiency; Electricity; Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2015.06.011

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