This week’s CLASS Colloquium Presentation will be at 2pm on Thursday, April 24 in the Professional Development Room, 3rd Floor, HSS.
Michael B. Ehlert, with research assistance from Diana C. Carlos & Suzanne B. Bernardo
Toward a Sustainable Future: Assessing Guam’s Readiness for Sustainable Living
Opportunities for sustainable practices for civilians in Guam have been limited, particularly in contrast to those available to the U.S. military. Recently, isolated large-scale infrastructure changes and community projects have increased the opportunity for sustainable living. However, there are few if any published scientific articles that assess the social perceptions and current environmental attitudes of the people on Guam. This project rectified the dearth by surveying residents broadly on issues associated with sustainable living.
We modified an existing survey (Ansolabehere, 2007) to develop questions more tailored to island residents and local issues. Items included opinions about sustainable living, environmental awareness, current behaviors, and willingness to accept renewable energy sources. We surveyed more than 400 residents throughout the island and employed stratified random sampling (region and age). Response frequencies and other summary analyses are reported. The results of this survey and the information gathered give a voice to the people of Guam about their future and will be vital for businesses and governmental agencies as they make data-based decisions to develop sustainability- conscious practices. Guam is just beginning to incorporate a comprehensive sustainability paradigm. The results of this study allow us to better gauge where we are and what progress needs to be made to achieve a more sustainable future.