Water Education for Sustainability: Criteria and Recommendations

Kelli Larson, Erin N. Redman

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This article applies behavioral theories, knowledge-to-action frameworks, and educational pedagogy to the case study of water education programs in metropolitan Phoenix, AZ. First, we describe three criteria for sustainable behavior change through education. Next, we demonstrate how water education programs in Phoenix have employed inadequate approaches to reduce resource consumption relative to the criteria. Finally, we offer recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of educational initiatives directed toward transformative change for sustainability. Central insights involve incorporating diverse knowledge domains, using interactive educational techniques, and tailoring programs to specific actions and relevant targeted populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1222
Number of pages10
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 25 2014


  • behavior change
  • environmental education
  • residential landscapes
  • sustainability
  • water conservation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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