This study aims to use pro-social and pro-environment attitudes as indicators of social and environmental sustainability to empirically examine the relationship between the two pillars of sustainability.
Self-reported survey responses of undergraduate students of the University of Utah are used for conducting a two-stage quantile regression analysis wherein social support serves as an instrument for identifying pro-social attitude for estimating the relationship between pro-social and pro-environment attitudes.
The estimates show that students who receive more social support tend to be more pro-social, and more pro-social students are more pro-environment.
University students may not necessarily be representative of the broader human society. Studies need to examine this question for different segments of the society.
These results reiterate that universities can enhance sustainability education by adopting a more holistic approach wherein social and environmental sustainability are co-integrated. Additionally, by strengthening their role as a vital source of social support for students, universities can further enhance the synergistic relationship between pro-social and pro-environment attitudes of university students.
The author is grateful to the students of her statistics class for collecting the data.
Bhattacharya, H. (2019), "Do pro-social students care more for the environment?", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 761-783. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-11-2018-0223
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