Behavior Change and Plastic Bag Legislation

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Baltimore is one of a growing number of U.S. cities considering either imposing a tax on plastic bags, or banning them outright. Baltimore City Council has been debating the issue for almost 10 years now, most recently proposing adding a 10 cent tax. If the tax passes, Baltimore will join around 100 communities nationwide that have banned plastic disposable bags or banned them outright. But what would happen if this bill passed?

The Environment

Bag the Ban, a campaign to stop the taxes and bans nationwide that is run and paid for …read more

Misleading Metrics: “Miles per gallon” vs. “gallons per mile”

According to Rick Larrick of Duke University, “miles per gallon” is a misleading metric if you are interested in determining fuel cost and savings. He argues for the adoption of “gallons per mile”, something the EPA included in their new fuel economy label for 2013 (although MPG still dominates the label.) Larrick’s findings suggest that better energy consumption metrics can help people make more informed day-to-day choices.

I transcribed video footage of Larrick’s presentation on this topic during the 2012 Climate, Mind and Behavior Conference at the Garrison Institute. There were many interesting and compelling presentations given during the conference, …read more