Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Lisa DeChano

Second Advisor

Dr. Gregory Veeck

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph Stoltman

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Since the first Earth Day in 1970, there has been an expanding popular movement to protect the environment and a growing consciousness that humans are an integral part of nature. The New Environmental Paradigm (NEP) is a worldview that emphasizes the relationship that exists between humans and the environment. The purpose of this Master's Thesis is to assess Kalamazoo County, Michigan residents' attitudes on the environment based on their acceptance of the NEP. The acceptance of the NEP by Kalamazoo County residents was evaluated by residents' responses on a survey developed to measure their environmental attitudes. Kalamazoo County was found to have an overall pro-environmental attitude. The assessment of the acceptance of an environmental viewpoint in Kalamazoo County will help to provide baseline data on environmental attitudes of the county's residents. The study can help those interested in promoting environmental policies and plans in the county target certain groups of people who may be more supportive of their ideas.