Let’s Hear It for the General Public!
/ June 29, 2012 0 COMMENTS

In case you did not notice, we are all trying to do our part. Two recent surveys suggest that the vast majority of Americans are making an effort to save energy and reduce their emissions. In a national survey by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, 73% of respondents said that they had done something in…

It’s About Playing the Game, Not the Prizes
/ June 7, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Since Cool Choices gives corporate employees opportunities to win by being more sustainable, we are always interested in other workplace gamification efforts.   A recent piece about games as part of wellness programs caught our attention.  The article showcased several models and talked about how organizers used prizes to generate interest and participation. In the end,…

The Math Works: Simple Stuff Adds Up
/ April 12, 2012 0 COMMENTS

With record-breaking temperatures across the US this spring, there has been quite a bit of talk about climate change.  The part of the discussion that caught my attention had to do—of course—with behavior change.  I have seen several articles recently that disregard and even discourage individual actions, often noting that these small steps are not…

Water Conservation and Behavior Change
/ March 29, 2012 0 COMMENTS

I was really excited to read an article about some communities within the United States taking steps to ensure that businesses and households comply with water use restrictions.  Given the mild winter, early Spring, and pending Summer droughts, a rate structure would be in place for businesses and households who use above the allotted usage…

Using Stories to Achieve Sustainability
/ February 23, 2012 0 COMMENTS

And then, while we were in the other room there was this big THUMP and three clowns… We communicate in stories.  We tell stories that help us make sense of the world.  Our stories reflect our perspectives and also our priorities.  Some of the people you know can make every story funny; for others all…