The Psychology Behind Sustainable Practices–At Work and At Home :: Port of Portland Brown Bag



The Psychology Behind Sustainable Practices–At Work and At Home Brown Bag

Why do many people go the extra mile to practice sustainable living while others don’t bother? What’s the key to understanding behaviors for living sustainably? How do YOU define sustainability?

The Port of Portland participants joined Dr. Thomas Doherty for a noontime Lunch and Learn seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the HQ 8th Floor Atrium.

Dr. Doherty specializes in working with groups implementing sustainability programs and helped the Port better understand sustainable practices and discussed ways to establish better ecological and socially conscious practices in every day life.

Also considered were ways to break down barriers to change by understanding and motivating sustainability behaviors and best practices for communicating with and motivating different stakeholders to drive behavior changes. Dr. Doherty examined the need to recognize and honor different opinions and beliefs, set realistic goals, and use appropriate incentives.


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Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.
Thomas Doherty, Psy.D.

Thomas Joseph Doherty is a leader in ecopsychology–a bridge between the world of scientific research and the world of therapy and action. In addition to his consulting practice in Portland, Dr. Doherty trains counselors at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School and is the Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Ecopsychology. He helped author the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Task Force Report in 2009. Dr. Doherty has provided talks and workshops for many organizations such as the American Psychological Association, Natural Step USA, New Season’s Markets, the Bioneers, the Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the Oregon Counseling Association.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Published by Thomas Doherty

Psychologist Thomas Doherty's work on environmental sustainability and health has been featured in publications like the New York Times and in talks worldwide. Thomas consults with individuals and organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He was the founding Director of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Ecopsychology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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