UNA HERRAMIENTA PARA LA EVALUACIÓN DEL COMPORTAMIENTO AMBIENTAL DE ESTUDIANTES EN INSTITUCIONES DE EDUCACIÓN SUPERIOR.
Torregrosa-López, Juan Ignacio
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More institutions of higher education are striving to become sustainable organizations. Overall environmental attitude of an institution is a reflection of collective behavior of different campus constituents. This paper explores the feasibility of the usage of Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) as a tool to understand how such collective behavior of one of the constituents, students, can emerge from individual local interactions. ABM is a bottom-up method that explores the connection between local interactions and the collective behavior. For that reason, it is critical to develop an interaction rule that reflects on the way a student actually meets with other students. Actual student profile data gathered at Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is used as a validation tool. This preliminary model gives insight on the nature of the sensitivity of the students’ receptiveness for accepting/rejecting information and also the initial distribution of students’ awareness level on environmental concerns required to achieve a sustainable campus. A unique, novel and intuitive modeling method to assess changes of the campus environmental attitude is provided. The methodology has also the ability to provide insight by conducting a series of bottom-up “what if” simulations to understand the causes that define the level of environmental attitude of campus.
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