Does participating in community-based habitat restoration lead to environmentally friendly behaviors?
The Galveston Bay Foundation teamed up with researchers from the University of Houston – Clear Lake/Environmental Institute of Houston to assess the effects of community-based restoration on stewardship in communities. GBF volunteers completed surveys both before and after their participation in GBF restoration projects. The crux of the original question posed was whether volunteering for Galveston Bay habitat restoration work would generalize to other environmentally friendly (EF) behaviors. By analyzing responses to survey questions, the researchers were able to generalize EF attitudes and behaviors among GBF volunteers. The study revealed that GBF volunteers looked moderately EF when they arrived to participate, that age and type of volunteer were factors that influences EF attitudes and behaviors, and that EF attitudes and behaviors did increase, though not significantly, following participation in community-based habitat restoration event.
The results of this study were presented at RAE’s 3rd National Conference on Coastal and Habitat Restoration in December 2006, and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program’s State of the Bay Symposium in January 2007.