Dealing with Pollution on Campus: A Look at Plastic Bag Use at Hofstra University

Authors: Lauren Morgan*,
Topics: Environment, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: human geography, pollution, sustainability
Session Type: Poster
Scheduler ID: THU-047-5:20 p.m.
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Plastic bags are the most destructive type of waste since they become litter easily and disrupt ecosystems. For Hofstra University’s campus, plastic bag use is extremely common due to the practices of dining areas on campus. To make the campus more environmentally conscious, a clear approach for plastic bag reduction can be found by exploring the effects of approaches that have been applied in other parts of the world. By making comparisons of bans, charges and nudges, the most successful method for plastic bag reduction on campus should be found. Plastic bag bans have been implemented to fight plastic use in some American cities. However, many cities have enforced plastic bag charges where consumers are charged a small fee for using plastic bags. This approach can be effective especially in short term.“Environmental nudging” practices have been found to have a significant impact on consumers bag use. These practices often require simply by adding a question at the register of whether or not a consumer has brought their own reusable bag to the store or if they even want a bag. Differences based on campus location affect student behaviors of plastic bag usage.All of these practices make the consumer think about their own choices. Through observation of student current behaviors, surveys of student beliefs and comparison of the different approaches, the best practice for plastic bag reduction Hofstra’s campus should be found.

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