Date of Award

Spring 1993

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Services--Health Services

Committee Director

Gregory H. Frazer

Committee Member

David A. M. Sterling

Committee Member

John L. Echternach

Committee Member

Lindsay L. Rettie

Committee Member

Clare Houseman


The purpose of this study was to determine the personal and professional characteristics of successful individuals who have had a positive influence on the development of public policy concerning the environment. Additionally, which characteristics are most likely to enhance success and determine which of these characteristics might contribute to efforts toward developing public environmental policy in the future were investigated. The purpose was accomplished through the design and implementation of a multiple case study utilizing a qualitative research methodology. The sample for this study included six public servants who were identified as actively involved in affecting the development of public policy involving the environment on either the local, state, or federal levels of government. In some cases the individuals were elected to public office, some were political appointees, and some were private citizens who chose individually to act in the public interest through a local, grassroot effort. The choice of individuals to be studied was approved by a select panel of publicly recognized experts in the field of environmental studies and public policy development.