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Together we CAN build a new energy future and we WILL

The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and using that knowledge to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Since 2007, BECC has fostered understanding individual and organizational behavior and decision making related to energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and sustainability.

BECC 2021 will be the second BECC conference to be run virtually (with a potential in-person component if safe). Once again, it will build on the overwhelming success of previous BECC conferences, at which 500+ participants discussed innovative policy and program strategies, shared important research findings, and engaged in building dynamic new networks and collaborations.

BECC is more than just a virtual conference – it is a fun social community that is passionate and excited about mitigating climate change. The conference prides itself on innovative ways to encourage socializing and networking while providing the highest quality presentations and content.

Who Attends BECC?

  • Researchers (e.g., economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law, humanities)
  • Decision makers (e.g., from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as legislators, and regulators)
  • Practitioners (e.g., planners, consultants, manufacturers, designers, architects, entrepreneurs, marketers, and purchasers)
  • Influencers (e.g., community organizers, nonprofit leaders, media, religion, and entertainment professionals)
  • Energy service providers (utilities, commercial renewable energy participants and new technology market players)

Why Attend BECC?

Every year we assemble great speakers and provide cutting-edge information. Past attendees from many different fields have described BECC as the “most interesting and thought-provoking conference” they have ever attended. Attendees come so they can…

  • Find real energy savings that will benefit the economy, security, and the environment
  • Accelerate climate-friendly innovation via appealing, user-focused design, effective management, and fast social diffusion
  • Learn to articulate the benefits and decrease the costs of energy-oriented policies and programs
  • Improve the analytic models that guide our vision for the future

Who Puts on BECC?

The BECC Conference is convened by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) within the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society at U.C. Berkeley, and the Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) at Stanford University.

What Will BECC 2021 Look Like?

BECC 2021 will be a virtual event taking place November 8-10, 2021 with a potential small in-person component, as determined by the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.  In 2021, the virtual conference will include over 100 speakers and poster presenters. The conference will consist of a mix of plenaries, concurrent presentations, panel sessions, solutions sessions, interactive workshop-style sessions, social events, yoga, and virtual (on-demand) posters viewable on the conference website. The full 2021 agenda is available HERE.

Conference content is decided through a combination of a competitive abstract submission process and curated sessions created by the conference organizing committee.

BECC 2021 Conference Leadership

Convening Directors
Carl Blumstein
 Director, CIEE,
UC Berkeley
James Sweeney
Stanford University
Steven Nadel


Organizing Committee
Therese Peffer
CIEE, UC Berkeley
Reuven Sussman
Behavior and Human
Dimensions Program, ACEEE
Chris Jones
CoolClimate Network,
UC Berkeley
Naomi Baum
Chief Operating Officer,
Beth Karlin
See Change Institute

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait


Founding Convener
Linda J. Schuck
CIEE, UC Berkeley


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