Recent advances in behavioral decision science can help reduce energy consumption in facilities. This paper explores cognitive biases and an approach to overcome them overcome them, a tactic called choice architecture.
Based on a nationally distributed survey to first year college engineering students in the US, civil engineering students are less likely than others to believe that climate change is caused by humans, and that is a sustainability problem.
Global sustainability challenges such as rapid urbanization and climate change create a less predictable future with reduced warning times and compressed decision cycles for those responsible for maintaining and constructing our built environment. Therefore, our goal is to improve decision making under uncertainty to encourage more sustainable infrastructure systems. More specifically, to create a shared discipline and language between civil engineering, cognitive psychology and data science that leads to more informed and sustainable engineering solutions. Our focus on decision making uniquely complements what are often costlier investments in technology and holds promise for less intrusive solutions compared to legal and economic policies.
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Tripp Shealy • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • Virginia Tech