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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 342; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020342

Encouraging Environmental Commitment to Sustainability: An Empirical Study of Environmental Connectedness Theory to Undergraduate Students

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Department of Business Administration, National Quemoy University, No. 1 University Road, Jinning Township, Kinmen County 89250, Taiwan
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Department of Business Management, National Taipei University of Technology, No. 1, Sec. 3, Chung-Hsiao E. Road, Taipei 10608, Taiwan
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Department of Risk Management and Insurance, Ming Chaun University, 250 Zhong Shan N. Road., Sec. 5, Taipei 11103, Taiwan
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Received: 2 December 2018 / Revised: 28 December 2018 / Accepted: 9 January 2019 / Published: 11 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

Environmental commitment to sustainability is one of the most critical issues in the “emerging contaminants”, few studies have examined the role of commitment to pro-environmental behavior and environmental concerns. This study aimed to explore the relationship between environmental commitment and three forms of emotional association: place attachment and social identity, connectedness and concerned about nature. Using 1288 respondents and a structural equation modeling approach, results show that connection to nature enhanced social identity, place attachment, and environmental concern, which in turn increased environmental commitment to sustainability. Place attachment was not related to environmental commitment to sustainability. Further analysis suggested that the theoretical model relationship between connection to nature and environmental commitment to sustainability was mediated by social identity and environmental concern. The findings of this research can offer guidelines for policy makers and green educators who evaluate an environmental commitment so as to provide proper beliefs association with nature and promote social identity and place attachment by emerging contaminants in educational activities. This demonstrates the importance of using a series of robustness of social identity and place attachment instruments and more environmental concern to promote environmental commitment to sustainability. Interpretation of the findings reveals the potential role that environmental commitment to sustainability can play as a hub and catalyst for major emerging contaminants change by fostering recognition of environmental commitment as a way of change and combine schools and government sectors to connect the micro- and macro-levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental connectedness theory; environmental commitment to sustainability; social identity; place attachment; formative model environmental connectedness theory; environmental commitment to sustainability; social identity; place attachment; formative model
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Yu, T.-K.; Lin, F.-Y.; Kao, K.-Y.; Yu, T.-Y. Encouraging Environmental Commitment to Sustainability: An Empirical Study of Environmental Connectedness Theory to Undergraduate Students. Sustainability 2019, 11, 342.

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