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  Sustainability Week: E. Scott Geller, "Leading Environmental Sustainability: From Behavioral Research to Community Intervention"  
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E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., Alumni Distinguished Professor, will deliver a keynote address on the topic of, "Leading Environmental Sustainability: From Behavioral Research to Community Intervention."

On any given night, the evening news depicts countless societal problems -- from traffic crashes and interpersonal conflict to global warming and excessive energy consumption. Human behavior contributes to each of these societal problems, but human behavior can also be a critical part of the solution. With regard to environmental protection, human behavior destroys the environment, but can also help to sustain and improve the environment. Dr. Scott Geller began research in 1970, the first Earth Day, to develop and evaluate behavior-based interventions to protect the environment. He will share principles for influencing behavior that facilitates sustainability. Target areas for sustainability include: recycling, reusing, controlling litter, composting, conserving energy and water, carpooling, or using mass transit. All of these domains require changes in behavior, and Dr. Geller will discuss ways to make this happen. Dr. Geller will also describe a community-wide effort for sustainability in Blacksburg. He will introduce a simple behavior we can all perform in our community and make a statement for the entire nation. It is hoped this presentation will initiate a sustainability program which can involve every Blacksburg citizen. Please come to this spirited presentation to learn what you can do to put Blacksburg on the map for sustainability.

E. Scott Geller, Alumni Distinguished Professor, has taught and conducted research as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, better known as Virginia Tech for almost four decades. In this capacity, he has authored 31 books, 42 book chapters, 38 training manuals, 192 magazine articles, and over 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He is past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-1992), current Associate Editor of Environment and Behavior (since 1982), and current Consulting Editor for Behavior and Social Issues, the Behavior Analyst Digest, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. In 2001, Virginia Tech awarded Dr. Geller the University Alumni Award for Excellence in Research. In 2002, the University honored him with the Alumni Outreach Award for his exemplary real-world applications of behavioral science. And in 2003, Scott Geller was awarded the University Alumni Award for Graduate Student Advising. In addition, he received every university teaching award offered at Virginia Tech. In 2005, he was awarded the statewide Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education.
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Location: Donaldson Brown Graduate Center Auditorium
Price: Free
Sponsor: Sustainability Week
Contact: Rachael Budowle, Solid Waste Community Programs Coordinator
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