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New tools for environmental protection : education, information, and voluntary measures
Dietz, Thomas.
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Washington, DC : National Academy Press, [2002]

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xi, 356 pages ; 23 cm
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Many people believe that environmental regulation has passed a point of diminishing returns: the quick fixes have been achieved and the main sources of pollution are shifting from large "point sources" to more diffuse sources that are more difficult and expensive to regulate. The political climate has also changed in the United States since the 1970s in ways that provide impetus to seek alternatives to regulation.

This book examines the potential of some of these "new tools" that emphasize education, information, and voluntary measures. Contributors summarize what we know about the effectiveness of these tools, both individually and in combination with regulatory and economic policy instruments. They also extract practical lessons from this knowledge and consider what is needed to make these tools more effective.

The book will be of interest to environmental policy practitioners and to researchers and students concerned with applying social and behavioral sciences knowledge to improve environmental quality.

Table of Contents

Thomas Dietz and Paul C. SternDavid W. Rejeski and James SalzmanLoren LutzenhiserP. Wesley SchultzJohn ThogersenThomas W. Valente and Darleen V. SchusterDennis S. Mileti and Lori A. PeekMark R. RosenzweigJohn Ramsey and Harold R. HungerfordElaine Andrews and Mark Stevens and Greg WiseDaniel Press and Alan BalchPaul C. SternJanice MazurekJennifer NashJeanne Herb and Susan Helms and Michael J. JensenKathryn HarrisonFranco FurgerAseem PrakashAlan RandallThomas DietzThomas J. Wilbanks and Paul C. Stern
Part I Introductionp. 1
1 Exploring New Tools for Environmental Protectionp. 3
2 Changes in Pollution and the Implications for Policyp. 17
Part II Information and Education for Individuals Households, and Communitiesp. 43
Introductionp. 45
3 Marketing Household Energy Conservation: The Message and the Realityp. 49
4 Knowledge, Information, and Household Recycling: Examining the Knowledge-Deficit Model of Behavior Changep. 67
5 Promoting "Green" Consumer Behavior with Eco-Labelsp. 83
6 The Public Health Perspective for Communicating Environmental Issuesp. 105
7 Understanding Individual and Social Characteristics in the Promotion of Household Disaster Preparednessp. 125
8 Lessons from Analogous Public Education Campaignsp. 141
9 Perspectives on Environmental Education in the United Statesp. 147
10 A Model of Community-Based Environmental Educationp. 161
11 Community Environmental Policy Capacity and Effective Environmental Protectionp. 183
12 Changing Behavior in Households and Communities: What Have We Learned?p. 201
Part III Voluntary Measures in the Private Sectorp. 213
Introductionp. 215
13 Government-Sponsored Voluntary Programs for Firms: An Initial Surveyp. 219
14 Industry Codes of Practice: Emergence and Evolutionp. 235
15 Harnessing the "Power of Information": Environmental Right to Know as a Driver of Sound Environmental Policyp. 253
16 Challenges in Evaluating Voluntary Environmental Programsp. 263
17 Assessing the Credibility of Voluntary Codes: A Theoretical Frameworkp. 283
18 Factors in Firms and Industries Affecting the Outcomes of Voluntary Measuresp. 303
19 The Policy Context for Flexible, Negotiated, and Voluntary Measuresp. 311
20 Understanding Voluntary Measuresp. 319
Part IV Conclusionp. 335
21 New Tools for Environmental Protection: What We Know and Need to Knowp. 337
About the Contributorsp. 349