Exploring the ecological footprint of the "average" American student: case of The University of Alabama

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dc.contributor Bryan, Colgan Hobson
dc.contributor Williamson, Derek G.
dc.contributor.advisor Appiah-Opoku, Seth
dc.contributor.author Brown, Crystal Jean
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:20:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:20:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000055
dc.identifier.other Brown_alatus_0004M_10090
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/562
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This research establishes the current consumption and environmental awareness levels associated with the use of water and energy resources for dormitory students on The University of Alabama's campus. During this study, the recently constructed Lakeside East and Ridgecrest East dormitories were analyzed by means of content analysis and subsequent ecological footprint calculations. These were performed from the available water and energy records. Pertaining to the two dormitories from 2007 to 2008, the calculations suggest that consumption levels concerning electricity have decreased; whereas, natural gas levels have increased slightly for Lakeside East and decreased slightly for Ridgecrest East. Additionally, a sample of residents from within the two dormitories was surveyed to determine environmental awareness and lifestyle behaviors associated with the use of energy and water resources. Though a majority of the students indicated they were interested in environmental issues, lifestyle behaviors and preferences did not always positively correlate to the subsequent environmental issues. Resources associated with high-tech devices were overconsumed. Thus, additional educational opportunities may promote more sustainable lifestyle choices. As a consequence, this study serves as a snapshot from which future environmental strategies may be derived.
dc.format.extent 87 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Geography
dc.subject.other Environmental Sciences
dc.title Exploring the ecological footprint of the "average" American student: case of The University of Alabama
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Geography
etdms.degree.discipline Geography
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.

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