Elements of Perception Regarding Sustainable Development in Geneva

17 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2008

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Giuseppe Catenazzo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jennifer D'Urso

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration

Emmanuel Fragniere

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration

Date Written: June 1, 2008

Abstract

Environmental preservation, economic growth and related topics that have an impact on Earth are becoming more and more important today. Worldwide, there's a call for a deep involvement in favour of sustainable development. Pursuing sustainable development objectives needs day-by-day commitment from all the society actors: governments, industries and individuals. Among them, individuals play a strategic role: they have the possibility to vote for politicians who act in favour of sustainable issues. Then, people can decide to buy and consume goods produced by sustainable industries. Additionally, they can pay attention not to waste water, electricity or gasoline (e.g. by walking or using public transport means) and contribute to higher recycling rates. To address these issues of individuals' attitudes and behaviours, we have conducted a survey research in order measure the perception of the Geneva population regarding the main social aspects of sustainable development. This empirical research provides answers to some aspects of the following questions: what does sustainable development mean for the Geneva population? Who should act in favour of sustainable development? How habits should be changed to contribute to sustainable development? Relationships between classes and between variables are analyzed in depth. Research hypotheses are then verified on the basis of non-parametric statistical tests. This empirical research attempts to provide some elements of perception about sustainable developments leading to recommendations for better policies for public and private institutions. Among other results, we have found that people who are attentive to the protection of the environment are more likely to change their day-by-day habits in favour of sustainable development: we thus indicate that this could be a lever over which public policies could push their activities.

Keywords: sustainable development, perception, survey research, environmental preservation

Suggested Citation

Catenazzo, Giuseppe and D'Urso, Jennifer and Fragniere, Emmanuel, Elements of Perception Regarding Sustainable Development in Geneva (June 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1301551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1301551

Giuseppe Catenazzo (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jennifer D'Urso

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration ( email )

CH-1227 Geneva
Switzerland

Emmanuel Fragniere

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration ( email )

CH-1227 Geneva
Switzerland

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