At this point in time, a transition to a more sustainable way of life and a green economy in Europe is considered a top priority. However, research on the topic of sustainability suggests that the more common current approaches, such as technical innovations and public awareness campaigns, won’t be enough to reach this objective (Siero et al., 1996). For such a transition to be possible there is a need to address the demand side, reevaluate growth models and find appropriate ways to produce lifestyle changes and economic paradigm shifts.

This paper builds on research directions proposed by the FP7 project GLAMURS – Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability. Traditionally, lifestyles have been described as either a geo-demographical construct, i.e. a reflection of particular sets of socioeconomic and demographic indicators (Harris et. Al., 1995), or as behavioral patterns of resource use and consumption, as well as choices about employment and the best ways to live (Bedford, Jones & Walker, 2004). GLAMURS switches the focus to the temporal and spatial dimension of lifestyles, as opposed to a mainly consumption-oriented perspective. We define lifestyles as patterns of time-use that take place in given locations, and have associated consumption patterns. More than a collection of consumption habits and preferences, lifestyles should be considered as patterns of activities and behaviors that fulfill a variety of human needs and hold psychological and social functions, such as self-definition, group membership and status signaling (Scott, 2009; Spaargaren and van Vliet, 2000), as well as the pursuit of individual development and wellbeing (Lloyd & Little, 2010).

The present paper will apply the GLAMURS framework to sustainable behaviors in organizations, by pointing out how a time-use and spatial perspective might be fruitfully applied to the understanding of a key area of everyday life – the workplace. Spatial aspects have been considered relevant in promoting green behavior in offices for example, as pro-environmental behavior has been shown to have a territorial basis (Carrus et al., 2009). A time-use perspective allows us to look at how work life and home are connected, and to look at the potential barriers to and drivers of the transmission of behaviors from one life domain to another. Previous research has shown that transmission is limited and generally happens within the same behavioral domain – recycling behavior, for example) (LOCAW report, 2013).