BECC 2014│December 7 – 10
Opening Reception – Sunday, December 7
Pre-Conference Workshops – Sunday, December 7
Post-Conference Workshops – Wednesday afternoon, December 10

Opening Keynote

George Loewenstein, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

George Freud Loewenstein is an American educator and economist. He is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology in the Social and Decision Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Center for Behavioral Decision Research. He is a leader in the fields of behavioral economics (which he is also credited with co-founding) and neuroeconomics.

Additional plenary speakers include:

  • Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US Department of Energy
  • Admiral Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment
  • Congressman Paul Tonko, (D-NY) Co-chair, House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
  • Professor Elke Weber, Columbia University, Business & Psychology, Co-Director Center for Research on Environmental Decisions
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$695 – Late Rate (after November 15)
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Prior to October 1 – Full refund
Between October 1 and November 15 - Full refund minus $50 administrative fee
After November 15 - No refunds, but registrations can be transferred

Why Attend BECC?

The BECC Conference is convened by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), University of California, and Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), Stanford University.

Entering into its eighth year – BECC is the premier event focused on understanding individual and organizational behavior and decision-making related to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability. BECC 2014 will build on the overwhelming success of previous BECC conferences, at which over 700 participants discussed innovative policy and program strategies, shared important research findings, and engaged in building dynamic new networks and collaborations. BECC’s goal is to encourage research, policy and programs that promote low-carbon behavior.  BECC 2014 is convened by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), Stanford University, and the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), University of California.

Opportunity for Paper Publication

We will again offer full paper sessions. Behavior is gaining recognition as a research area.  We continue to seek to channel awareness and recognition for academic and professional research. Submissions of papers can be made to the open access resource eScholarship.

Conference Agenda

Conference Workshops
Poster Session
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Synced 2013 Audio/PowerPoint Videos Available

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Who You Can Meet!

BECC brings together a range of academics, practitioners, and policy-makers 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. The organizers value abstracts from all relevant disciplines concerned with human behavior, society, and culture, especially work from applied anthropology, social psychology, behavioral economics, organizational behavior, political science, communications, and the cognitive sciences.

What is our Goal

No single field encompasses all facets of behavior change, so BECC brings together a wide range of top academics, practitioners and policy-makers to provide the latest and most relevant behavioral research findings, best practices and measured results.

Ultimately, we seek to answer this question: How can we most effectively encourage low-carbon behavior?

The organizers plan the agenda to cover diverse perspectives/research areas (social sciences, behavioral economics, communications/marketing/entertainment, public health, cognitive sciences and others) and issue sectors, including residential and commercial buildings, transportation, urban design, and sustainable consumption (including food).

BECC Topic Areas

Policies and programs that have demonstrated results in changing behavior are of particular interest, as well as thoughtful discussions of transformative ideas in the areas of emerging policies, program design, and behavioral research methods.

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