This indicator is a measure of the extent to which Puget Sound residents engage in environmental stewardship activities that they perceive as meaningful to themselves, their community, and the environment. Because of the importance of intrinsic motivation to sustaining behaviors and overall human wellbeing, it also provides a measure of the degree to which engagement in stewardship activities contributes to wellbeing.
Respondents were asked about their frequency of engagement in three categories of stewardship behaviors and activities: behaviors that they believe effectively benefitted the environment, environmental behaviors that they believe are needed by the community, and environmental behaviors that were personally meaningful. Respondents ranked their engagement using a five-point scale ranging from 'Never' (1) to 'Frequently - Almost every day' (5).
Key Vital Sign Indicator Results
The mean index response is 3.14, which equates to respondents overall participating in stewardship activities “occasionally (once a month)”.
People engaged in stewardship behaviors less frequently in 2020 compared to 2018, although the difference is minimal.
The 2020 Latinx purposive sample showed that Latinx participate between "rarely" and "occasionally" in stewardship behaviors.