Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.P.A.

Degree Program

Public Administration

Department

Political Science

Major Professor

Lewis, Daniel

Second Advisor

Strong, Denise

Third Advisor

Shomade, Salmon

Abstract

Many studies exist on whether Voluntary Environmental Programs (VEPs) improve firms’ environmental performance. Furthermore, the literature on VEPs theorizes that specific features contribute to program performance. This study examines the ability of Voluntary Environmental Programs to reduce emissions and the role of institutional design on their performance. Specifically, this study aimed to identify if specific features influence performance more than others do. The indicator of performance focuses on the overall emission reductions of firms across years 2007-2009. To analyze performance and features, the study examines the emission data and design features of each program. The results reveal the ability of the VEPs to reduce emissions and a combination of features that may have a greater influence on performance. This suggests that the success of VEPs rely on their ability to institute these features.

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