The footprint impacts of our daily lives shift and change across our life stages and transitions.
We can strategically intervene to support changes in habits and practices – especially when these changes are supported and reinforced by our social groups and context.
In British Columbia, Canada, post-secondary institutions automatically include discounted public transit passes in student tuition fees. This encourages students to use public transport, rather than private vehicles, during their transition to university. According to a U-Pass survey, many students continue to use public transit after graduation because they’ve gotten into the habit of it and feel comfortable doing it.
SoKind is a registry platform that makes it easy to give and receive homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, and presents of time and skill for big life events such as graduations, weddings and baby showers. It allows registrants to think outside the box and request or give gifts that are really meaningful and useful, including non-material gifts that support more sustainable lifestyles.
The project encourages EU residents to reduce their car use for short trips in favour of walking and cycling, by providing customized information that responds to their specific circumstances and needs. The project developers found that focusing on the times and locations where habits are being reconsidered due to life transitions had the most impact on the success of the project.
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