Learning for carbon neutral communities

This research has developed a strong critique of information, social marketing and behaviour change approaches to individual and household energy conservation.

Out of this critique has come a framework for analyzing community-based climate change education programs and strategies for supporting businesses, institutions, households and individuals to collaborate in establishing the conditions needed for reductions in the overall greenhouse gas emissions of their activities.

The project is now addressing how to build such societal capacity for the environment through research in three areas: how to develop local frameworks that are open to public participation and scrutiny and the education of citizens to use them; processes for integrating public participation into local climate change policy and decision-making; and how to build capacity for strategic environmental action by all stakeholders.

Funding: ARC Linkage (plus 7 industry partners)

Start By 1 September 2010
Completed By 1 January 2011
Funding ARC Linkage Grant
Researcher(s) Ralph Horne, John Fien, Susie Moloney, Yolande Strengers, Jon Kellett (UniSA), Cathryn Hamilton (UniSA), Steve Hamnett (UniSA)
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia