Online Workshop Session: Spill-over effects of sustainable behaviour

Part of a series of online workshops by SDSN Switzerland and NRP 73 ‘Sustainable economy'

25.06.2020 | 16:00 – 18:00 | online via ZOOM

Results of the workshop

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'Graphic Recording by Filippo Buzzini,

Calls to action

  • To the Hauseigentümerverband HEV (house owner association): Start challenges and motivate property owners (your members) to act in a more ecological way saving money, resources and energy. Choose playfull formats (such as bike-to-work).

  • To the federal offices, real estate companies and house owners: Promote a water standard (water meter) in households through a) mandatory obligation or b) incentives / self-regulation.

  • To public institutions and companies: True cost accounting and internalization of external effects, ensuring consumers pay the right price. 

Presentations of the session leaders

  • Spillover Effects of Sustainable Behavior (Renate Schubert, Harald Mayr)

Participants (39)

Consumption patterns, limited budgets and motivation in consumers 

Consumption patterns of individuals are key in the transition towards a sustainable economy. The NRP 73 research project from Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert Sustainable Consumer Behaviour assesses if consumers who are motivated to use a particular natural resource in a sustainable way also use other natural resources more sustainably or whether there are negative side effects due to a limited budget of environmental friendliness of consumer behaviours.

Objectives of the workshop

  • Presentation of research findings

  • Discussion of the implications of the research findings for property owners

  • Exploring the role of behavioural interventions for the transitions to a sustainable economy bearing in mind potential spill-over effects.

  • Formulate three calls to action and address them to specific stakeholders


15:45 | Participants join the online workshop

16:00 | Introduction by the facilitator

16:05 | Breaking the ice

16:15 | Input by the session leaders to set the scene

16:30 | Discussion in breakout rooms. Participants are invited to formulate two calls to action based on the research findings.

17:30 | Fishbowl discussion with the session leaders, experts and participants to validate and prioritize the calls to action and discuss how stakeholders can implement them.

18:00 | End of the session

Session leaders & Experts

Session leader: 

  • Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert, Chair of Economics, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, ETH Zürich

  • Dr. Harald Mayr, Postdoc, ETH Zurich 

  • Dr. Albert Merino-Saum, Scientist, Laboratory for Human Environment Relations in Urban Systems, EPFL


  • Francesca Boucard, Senior Economist Real Estate bei Swiss Life Asset Managers

  • Linda Jucker, Stv. Geschäftsleiterin Ökozentrum, Projekt „konsumGLOBAL“

Co- Organizer