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Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 498;

Ecological Worldview among Urban Design Professionals

Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm 10044, Sweden
Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, Gävle 80176, Sweden
Centre for Research and Development, Uppsala University/Region Gävleborg, Gävle 80187, Sweden
Cardiology Research Unit, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm 17176, Sweden
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Academic Editors: Andy van den Dobbelsteen and Greg Keeffe
Received: 17 November 2016 / Revised: 20 March 2017 / Accepted: 22 March 2017 / Published: 26 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Architecture and Design)
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The built environment is responsible for a large proportion of the global use of energy, natural resources, and emissions. Architects and other urban design professionals are key actors in the building process whose behavior and decisions will influence these impacts. Because environmental attitudes are linked to pro-environmental behavior, this study aims to measure environmental worldview among urban design professionals involved in the architectural competition ‘A New City Center for Kiruna’. The mean score registered for the New Environmental Paradigm (NEP) scale was 3.68 (standard deviation 0.51) and there were no significant differences with regard to age (mean 41.3 years) or gender (64.7% males). The ecological worldview of the participants was similar to most other samples from diverse countries, but a lower score was reported in comparison to environmentalists. The score ranged from 2.53 to 4.67 which shows heterogeneity at an individual level. Thus, future efforts to improve environmental attitudes among urban design professionals are needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: architectural competition; ecological; environmental paradigm; pro-environmental behavior; urban design architectural competition; ecological; environmental paradigm; pro-environmental behavior; urban design
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Wallhagen, M.; Magnusson, P. Ecological Worldview among Urban Design Professionals. Sustainability 2017, 9, 498.

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