An International Survey Initiative on "Students, Consumption and Environment"
Maria Cecilia Trannin, Charlotte Kendra Gotangco, and Chaochao Gao
The International Survey Initiative on “Students, Consumption and Environment” aims to contribute to improving environmental education and sustainability programs by helping universities evaluate students’ consumption patterns vis-à-vis their perceptions of impacts of human activities and awareness of global environmental issues, particularly climate change. The project, supported by the BIARI program of the Watson Institute for Internaitonal Studies at Brown University, involved a comparative analysis of environmental awareness and consumption across schools in Brazil (Universidade Estácio de Sá), China (Zhejiang University) and the Philippines (Ateneo de Manila University). The grant award was utilized to develop and field-test the survey instrument, so that recommendations could be made on the survey protocol for a larger, worldwide survey for longer-term collaborative benchmarking and assessment.