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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 8764801, 9 pages
Research Article

An Exploration of Neighborhood Residents’ Cognition of and Participation in Low-Carbon Behaviors in Wuhan, China

1School of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
2School of Environment Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Wenjun Peng; moc.621@523nujnew

Received 8 November 2017; Accepted 12 March 2018; Published 5 April 2018

Academic Editor: Robert Černý

Copyright © 2018 Wenjun Peng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper analyzed neighborhood residents’ cognition of and participation in low-carbon behaviors, basing on a questionnaire survey launched in a neighborhood in Wuhan, China. Results indicate that most respondents concerned the low-carbon impact on their daily lives and expected the government to make differences in low-carbon transition. Neighborhood residents’ participation in low-carbon behaviors was mainly reflected in three aspects: home energy conservation (HEC), efficient resource consumption (ERC), and recycling habits (RH), which were extracted from the five categories out of the 15 observed variables. Many interviewees had high level of participation in low-carbon behaviors that affect their economic interests. But these neighborhood residents rarely participated in public low-carbon behaviors such as planting trees or cooperative low-carbon behaviors. Therefore, these neighborhood residents’ participation in low-carbon behaviors was still on the initial stage. Specific proposals were put forward to promote urban low-carbonization further.