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Action Research Boosts Recycling at Soccer Games

Almost every weekend in Oceanside, California, a dedicated volunteer collects hundreds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans from recycle bins at soccer fields, transports them to a local recycling center and donates beverage container CA Redemption Value (CRV) proceeds they receive to the Soccer Club of Oceanside (SCO). This generates an extra source of revenue… Read more »


Office Recycling 101: Shrink the Trash Receptacle

What is a relatively easy and effective way to increase recycling behavior in an office workplace? Institute a “Little Trash” system. A recent Action Research study indicates that when office workers are provided with a standard size desk-side recycle bin coupled with a comparatively smaller “sidecar” trash receptacle, their recyclables flow to the space available,… Read more »


Action Research Fires Up Teens Tackling Ocean Acidification

Think how the health of our planet would improve if every teenager pressured their peers into making a few simple behavior changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is exactly what four teenage Oregon Coast Aquarium Newport volunteers are doing to reduce ocean acidification. Calling themselves MOANA (Making Ocean Acidification Nationally Aware), these teens are… Read more »


Action Research Touts Behavior Change Impact of Community Based Social Marketing

Action Research has been on the road, spreading the word about community-based social marketing (CBSM) as an effective means of increasing energy efficiency, water conservation, waste diversion and recycling and pollution prevention behavior. On September 25th, President Jennifer Tabanico presented a free webinar on CBSM as part of the American Council for an Energy Efficient… Read more »


Behavior Change Interventions: Custom Fit Required

Scientific Advisor Wesley Schultz, PhD and President Jennifer Tabanico were invited to speak at a symposium hosted jointly by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). On June 16, 2014, Wes and Jennifer gave a joint presentation on the topic “How to use… Read more »


Sustainable Management of Family-Owned Forests

Action Research is working on a project with the American Forest Foundation (AFF) and the New England Forestry Foundation to learn more about the ways in which private woodland owners manage and conserve their wooded land. In January, Action Research’s President, Jennifer Tabanico, and Director of Research Operations, Lori Brown-Large, traveled to Connecticut to conduct… Read more »


New York Office Open for Business

Action Research recently welcomed its newest employee, Kaitlin Phelps, to lead the opening of its brand new east coast office in New York. Prior to joining Action Research, Kaitlin worked with Keep America Beautiful, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Mohai Environmental Justice Research Lab. She received her graduate degree from the University of Michigan… Read more »


Poo Points: San Diego Scouts Teach Residents to “Doo” the Right Thing with Dog Waste

In January of 2013, Action Research developed and deployed a pilot program to reach out to large property dog owners in rural areas of San Diego County. This program based on previous research from an in-person survey of dog owners living in rural, unincorporated areas of the county. The survey results identified specific dog waste… Read more »


Waste Advantage Magazine: Oceanside, CA and Cigarette Pollution Solutions Team Up to “Butt Out” Cigarette Waste

Action Research’s very own Research Associate, Erica Viola, recently co-authored an article on reducing cigarette waste for Waste Advantage Magazine: “Oceanside, CA and Cigarette Pollution Solutions Team Up to “Butt Out” Cigarette Waste”. The article described the success of a cigarette pollution reduction program that was built on Action Research’s work with Keep America Beautiful… Read more »