Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #300
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Be the Change You Want to See: Implementing Practical Applications of Sustainability in Service Settings
Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Independence Ballroom
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Meghan Elizabeth Martineau, Ph.D.
Chair: Susan M. Schneider (Western Michigan University)
KELLY L. MCCONNELL (The New England Center for Children)
MEGHAN ELIZABETH MARTINEAU (Boston Behavior Learning Centers)
JULIENNE FAIRCHILD LEBLANC (New England Center for Children)

Opportunities to apply the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to sustainability efforts are all around us. The values of an organization are reflected, in part, by the impact of its actions on a broader cultural scale (Houmanfar et al., 2015). Further, the behaviors and practices supported by leaders of organizations can have a tremendous impact on employees, those they serve, and the greater community in which they are a part (Alavosius & Houmanfar, 2020). Thus, as the need for climate action grows more urgent, behavior analysts should capitalize on opportunities to produce meaningful environmental impacts and lasting cultural changes in the organizations where they practice. Panelists will discuss their experiences in implementing practical sustainability efforts in various practice settings including non-profit organizations, public schools, and community settings. Emphasis will be placed on tips to increase success and circumvent barriers, ways to scale efforts, the importance of gauging social validity and supporting buy-in, and including the recipients of our services in such efforts. The panel discussion will encourage audience participation.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts of all levels.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the panel, participants will be able to: 1. Describe high impact behaviors in sustainability initiatives. 2. Describe how to measure social validity in sustainable initiatives. 3. Describe how behavior analytic principles can be generalized to sustainability initiatives at their place of work. 4. Describe ways to include clients in sustainability initiatives, including vocational programming.
Keyword(s): Pro-environmental behavior, Social Validity, Sustainability



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