Behaviour change: Trialling a novel approach to reduce industrial stormwater pollution

M. Boulet, E. Ghafoori, B. S. Jorgensen, L. D.G. Smith

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The evidence base for the performance and effectiveness of non-structural measures to manage stormwater pollution in industrial areas is relatively underdeveloped, despite their increased use in practice. This study aims to advance stormwater management practice and research by presenting a detailed case study of the development, implementation and evaluation of a targeted behaviour change trial that engaged small to medium industrial businesses in stormwater pollution prevention. Utilising a combination of different behaviour change strategies - including capacity building, social norms and commitment - a number of preventative stormwater pollution behaviours were changed in participating businesses. Our study provides a practice model for tackling stormwater pollution from a behavioural perspective that can be further developed by both practitioners and researchers to create effective and long-lasting change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017


  • Behaviour
  • Industrial
  • Non-structural
  • Pollution
  • Stormwater

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