The 2009 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference was the 3rd annual conference to focus on accelerating our transition to an energy-efficient and low carbon economy through an improved understanding and application of social and behavioral mechanisms of change. The 2009 BECC conference built on the overwhelming success of previous BECC Conferences, in which participants discussed successful program strategies, shared innovative research findings, and built dynamic new networks and means of collaboration. The conference brought together a diverse group of energy experts, social scientists, and policymakers to discuss the social and behavioral basis for, and practical implementation of, reducing energy use through the adoption and application of more energy-efficient technologies, energy conservation activities, and lifestyle changes.
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The conference starts with an interactive, provocative, and fun session designed to stimulate discussion and develop new connections. Don't miss thought-provoking discussions, lively roundtables, and the opportunity to share experiences and explore new ideas.
Kick-off: Linda Schuck,
BECC 2009 Co-Chair, California Institute for Energy & Environment
Author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics, Director, Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University
It is difficult to get people to care about the future and the possible effects and consequences of our actions, from driving while talking on the phone to depleting natural resources. Future effects are unobservable — and, after all, we will likely not be around to witness these effects. On top of that, we often perceive our efforts as a small drop in the bucket. So how do we get excited about energy savings and global warming? We tap into social implications, pride, and ego to change our motivations.
BEHAVIOR TOPICS 1: Concurrent Sessions
10:30-12:00 Wilson A
BEHAVIOR & NATIONAL SECURITY
Moderator: Holmes Hummel, Office of Policy & International Affairs, US DOE
Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions
The speakers will discuss current thinking in decision-making and consensus building research, their application to energy and environmental policy, and their implications for accelerating energy savings and GHG reductions.
7:30-9:30 pm Participant-Organized Sessions (See participant list for details.)
New York University & Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT BEHAVIORS
Hannah Choi Granade,
Principal, McKinsey & Company
The lead author of the recent McKinsey report on "Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy" will discuss the importance of behavioral approaches for maximizing and accelerating energy and carbon savings in the United States economy.