Teaching Psychology for Sustainability

By Britain Scott, PhD and Susan Koger, PhD

An online manual of resources:
Britain Scott and Susan Koger created this online manual to help instructors integrate psychology and environmental issues into their courses. The site includes: general and instructor resources, sample syllabi, and a comprehensive bibliography.

Conservation psychology is the scientific study of the reciprocal relationships between humans and the rest of nature. Since most environmental problems are caused by human behaviors, human behavioral changes are necessary in order to address them. Psychologists have much to offer in terms of understanding human-nature experiences and what motivates people to protect such relationships.

Britain Scott and Susan Koger created this online instructors' manual with the support of an Instructional Resource Award from the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology. Their purpose was to help instructors integrate psychology and environmental issues into their courses. The site includes:

  • General Resources show connections between psychology and environment

  • Instructor Resources include lecture and discussion topics, class activities, multimedia materials, and suggested readings for students. These are all organized by traditional psychology subdisciplines.

  • Compendium of Syllabi from instructors currently teaching psychology for sustainability

Comprehensive Site Bibliography with links to publisher sites for authored books and tables of contents for edited volumes.