Perceptions toward stewardship among residents living near U.S. Department of Energy nuclear facilities

Bryan L Williams, Melina S. Magsumbol

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Although stewardship has been widely defined and used in environmental management and planning, there is a dearth of studies that describe how the lay public perceives this concept. A national sample of residents in 14 states who live near DOE nuclear facilities were interviewed to delineate public understanding and awareness of the stewardship program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This study discusses the findings of the survey and discusses how institutional trust influences public participation and resident's choices of potential stewards. Almost 40% of the respondents could not define stewardship; those who did, believed that 'responsibility,' 'management,' and 'accountability' are key elements of stewardship. In addition, about a third of the respondents identified Federal groups and the DOE as potential stewards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-78
Number of pages30
JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Environmental management
  • Institutional trust
  • Nuclear facilities
  • Stewardship
  • U.S. Department of Energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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