No targets are currently set for this indicator.
The indicator measures stewardship actions that are intended to improve some aspect of environmental health, and that the individual perceives as meaningful to themselves and their community. Data from this indicator can be used to inform outreach strategies and to identify potential predictors of observed change in environmental health.
Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab
Data are collected every 2 years via paper survey to a random sample of Puget Sound households. The population chosen for this survey was a clustered random sample of Puget Sound residents, with an initial sample of 9,000. Due to undeliverable addresses, the total sample reached was 8,261 individuals. The response rate was 28 percent for a total of 2,323 individual responses. Results will be reported as an index summarizing the frequency of engagement in environmental stewardship activities that are meaningful, as defined by the respondent.
About 75 percent of survey participants gave their cross-streets, which allowed mapping of human wellbeing metrics at a fine scale. The map above shows the location of each individual respondent. Hot Spot Analysis (Getis-Ord Gi* statistic) was used to visualize clusters of responses that were significantly higher (red, hot spots) and lower (blue, cold spots) relative to those around them.
The mean index response is 3.47, equating to a mean midway between “occasional (once a month)” and “regular (once a week)” frequency. About 25% of the population stated they engage in stewardship activities frequently (almost every day).
While on average, all counties participated in stewardship behaviors "occasionally" or between "occasionally" and "regularly", many respondents from San Juan, Whatcom, and Clallam counties tended to engage in stewardship activities more frequently relative to those around them (red, hot spots in map above). Respondents from Skagit County, and some from Snohomish County, tended to engage in stewardship activities less frequently than those around them (blue, cold spots).
A multivariate linear regression model that tested for demographic predictors of stewardship behaviors explained only 4.8 percent of the variation in responses. This means that factors other than those that we measured contribute to the primary determinants of engaging in stewardship behaviors. That said, the model suggests that people are more likely to participate in stewardship activities if they are female, higher educated, and older.
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