BECC 2015│October 18 – 21
Hyatt Regency | Sacramento, California
The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology
Profiles in Leadership – Behavior, Energy and Climate Change
- Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission
- Brad Liljequist, The International Living Future Institute
- Reuben Sarkar, US Department of Energy
Moderator: Ralph Cavanagh, Natural Resources Defense Council
Ralph Cavanagh is a senior attorney and co-director of NRDC’s energy program, which he joined in 1979. Ralph has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford and UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School; he has also been a faculty member for the University of Idaho’s Public Utility Executives Course for more than fifteen years. From 1993-2003 he served on the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.
Mission Critical, Mission Possible
The Future of Transportation
- CAPT. William Whitmire, U.S. Marine Corps
- Col. Jim Caley, Director, U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office
- CAPT. James Goudreau, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy
For the U.S. Military, energy efficiency is not just about money or sustainability—it is a mission critical priority. Smarter use of resources enhances energy security, expands military capability, and saves lives. Many Department of Defense (DoD) organizations have recognized the importance of behavior change as a key component within their larger energy strategies. This panel discussion will bring together experts who led the research, design, implementation, and evaluation of behavior change campaigns in the Navy and Marine Corps.
Moderated by Darrin Kayser, Booz Allen & Hamilton
- Austin Brown, Senior Policy Analyst, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Bill Van Amburg, Senior Vice President, CALSTART
This session frames a picture of future transportation options mostly enabled by mobility automation and changes in expectations and in behavior. Expectations include demand for freight transportation that is cheap and fast. Behavior change includes an urban / suburban shift from longer commutes being less undesirable. The panel will discuss tradeoffs between fast and efficient routes and drivecycles, and preference for ‘right sized,’ alternative and on-demand vehicles versus “mobile lounges.”
Moderated by Susan Shaheen, Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley
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The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making so that this knowledge can accelerate the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future. BECC is currently in its ninth year and is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia.
- Identify key lessons about behavior and decision making that advance energy/climate solutions
- Help integrate research insights throughout the value chains of energy-using goods and services
- Expand support for social science research as applied to the biggest contributors to today’s energy challenges
- Facilitate knowledge accumulation, exchange, and collaboration across analytical approaches from micro to macro (e.g., individual, group, organizational, societal behavior and decision making)
Key Themes – Behavioral research insights can help…
- Find real energy savings that will benefit the economy, security, and environment
- Accelerate climate-friendly innovation via appealing, user-focused design, faster diffusion, and better management practices
- Increase the benefits and decrease the costs of energy-oriented policies and programs
- Improve the analytic models that guide our vision for the future
Attendees – BECC draws a broad mix of…
- Researchers (e.g., economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, management, law, humanities, interdisciplinary)
- Decision makers (e.g., federal, state, and local agencies, legislators, regulators)
- Practitioners (e.g., utilities, consultants, manufacturers, designers, architects, entrepreneurs, marketers, purchasers)
- Influencers (e.g., community organizations, media, nonprofits, religion, entertainment)
Why attend BECC?
Every year we assemble great speakers and provide cutting-edge information: The BECC 2015 program will include more than 40 plenary and topic sessions showcasing over 150 presenters selected through a competitive abstract process or invited by the organizing committee, ensuring state-of-the-art information available in no other forum. There will also be poster presentations, workshops, and our traditional fun film festival. Past attendees from many different fields have described BECC as the “most interesting and thought-provoking conference” they have ever attended.
BECC brings together a range of academics, practitioners, and policymakers from a variety of fields engaged in energy and climate efforts in order to provide the latest and most relevant behavioral research, best practices, and methodologies. We value abstracts from any relevant discipline concerned with human behavior, society, and culture; particularly work from social and behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, applied anthropology, organizational behavior, political science, communications, and the cognitive sciences. If you work in this area, or are considering research in this area this is a must-attend event.
The conference size is limited to 700 participants and regularly sells out!