© 2002

Psychology of Sustainable Development

  • Peter Schmuck
  • Wesley P. Schultz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. What is Sustainable Development; and How Do We Get There?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Schmuck, P. Wesley Schultz
      Pages 3-17
    3. Doug McKenzie-Mohr
      Pages 19-36
  3. Individual Differences in Sustainable Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Deborah Du Nann Winter
      Pages 79-95
    3. Elisabeth Kals, Jürgen Maes
      Pages 97-122
  4. Culture and Sustainability

  5. Exemplary Projets in Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Bernardo Jiménez-Domínguez
      Pages 257-276
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299

About this book


Human activity overuses the resources of the planet at a rate that will severely compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Changes toward sustainability need to begin within the next few years or environmental deterioration will become irreversible. Thus the need to develop a mindset of sustainable development - the ability of society to meet its needs without permanently compromising the earth's resources - is pressing.

The Psychology of Sustainable Development clarifies the meaning of the term and describes the conditions necessary for it to occur. With contributions from an international team of policy shapers and makers, the book will be an important reference for environmental, developmental, social, and organizational psychologists, in addition to other social scientists concerned with the impact current human activity will have on the prospects of future generations.


Policy Revolution emotion environmental psychology gender growth psychology sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Schmuck
    • 1
  • Wesley P. Schultz
    • 2
  1. 1.Technische Universitat BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.California State UniversitySan MarcosUSA

Bibliographic information


"[...]this book maps the four primary domains that need be considered to achieve sustainable development: economic, environmental, institutional/political, and social. Although the book presents a psychology viewpoint, it will benefit any interested reader in environmental studies."
(Electronic Green Journal, 18, 2003)