Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Amanda Carrico

Second Advisor

Dale Miller

Third Advisor

Dave Newport


This undergraduate Environmental Studies Honors thesis delves into the world of human behavior in order to apply psychological cues to the way we behave domestically in regards to our resource consumption. Through carefully crafted background and literature review research, this thesis examines the psychological cues proven successful in decreasing the amount of negative environmental impact that is being made in the residential sector around the world. What makes this Honors thesis unique is that it takes a very relevant and local stakeholder: the University of Colorado-Boulder SCORE program and analyzes it as one of these psychological cues due to its function of assessing and enhancing sustainability habits. Through extensive looks and deep-seeded analyses to the program’s past and present data, a round of recommendations is ultimately made for the SCORE program, in order to augment its current efforts as well as push the boundaries of its marketing mediums.