Behavior Change Research, Strategic Planning and Environmental Literacy (Newsletter)

July 12, 2016 0 By mbiggar

I hope you are enjoying the long days of summer and finding time to connect with your local environment, community and the people in your lives. I’m pleased to be supporting clients through a variety of projects that all strive, in different ways, to improve the well-being of individuals, communities and the environment.

Behavior Change Research
In June, I presented a webinar on Facilitating Behavior Change for Climate Impact for Net Impact. I shared ideas on applying research-based insights to behavior change and sustainability in the workplace, using examples from my research on transportation behavior. You can view the webinar recording here. Consider signing up a team from your organization for Net Impact’s Climate Disruptors program.

The journal Environmental Management recently published an article Rachelle GouldNicole ArdoinAmanda CravensDeb Wojcik and I co-published: Environmental Behavior’s Dirty Secret: The Prevalence of Waste Management in Discussions of Environmental Concern and Action  Our study of how people talk about environmental concern and action provides implications for how to facilitate behavior change in areas critical to improving our environment.

Consulting- Strategic Planning and Meeting Facilitation
In June, a core team representing non-profit organizations, government agencies and a local university came together for their first collaborative planning session of San Francisco’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative. I am supporting the planning process and facilitating meetings for this cross-sector collaborative that aims to more fully and equitably connect children to nature in our urban environment.

The San Mateo County Office of Education is embarking upon the implementation of their new strategic plan, Aiming High: Inspiring the Future of Education. Among its many other programs and services, the County Office runs an award-winning outdoor education program and provides leadership for environmental education. I have provided planning and meeting facilitation services for the initial phase of their strategic plan.

In May, I participated in a three-day Essential Facilitation workshop led by the Interaction Institute for Social Change. It brought me back to 17 years ago when, as a new school administrator, I first learned these same strategies for facilitating meetings and collaborative work. I enjoyed the learning opportunity and met a lot of great people engaged in facilitating social change such as a group from the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Consulting- Statewide Environmental Literacy Initiative
California State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s convened a statewide Environmental Literacy Task Force (ELTF) in 2015. The task force produced California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every California Student In, About, and For the Environment. A statewide Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, managed by Ten Strands, is now overseeing the rolling out and implementation of this blueprint. I’m supporting this initiative with statewide outreach and research on cross-sector partnerships between formal school systems and nonformal environmental education providers.

All my best,
Matt