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Green Organizations by Stephanie R. Klein, Ann Hergatt Huffman

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Environmental Psychology Overview

Raymond De Young

Environmental psychology is a field of study that examines the interrelationship between environments and human affect, cognition, and behavior (Bechtel & Churchman, 2002; Gifford, 2007; Stokols & Altman, 1987). The field has always been concerned with both built and natural environments with early research emphasizing the former (Stokols, 1995; Sundstrom, Bell, Busby, & Aasmus, 1996). However, as environmental sustainability issues became of greater concern to society in general, and the social sciences in particular, the field increased its focus on how humans affect, and are affected by, natural environments. The goals of this chapter are to introduce environmental psychology, explain how ...

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