About BECC

Entering into its Twelfth 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. Currently BECC is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia. BECC 2018 will build on the overwhelming success of previous BECC conferences, at which 700 participants discussed innovative policy and program strategies, shared important research findings, and engaged in building dynamic new networks and collaborations.

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

BECC 2018 Conference Leadership

Co-Chairs
Naomi Baum, ACEEE
Therese Peffer, Precourt Stanford
Reuven Sussman, ACEEE
Margaret Taylor, CIEE, University of California, Berkeley

Program Chair 
Chris Jones, CIEE, University of California, Berkeley

Linda J. Schuck,  Founding Convener

Conference Manager
Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Christensen Associates Energy Consulting

Contact
General contact: beccinfo@caenergy.com

Broad Goals

  • Identify lessons about behavior and decision making that advance energy and 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)

For 2018

We are seeking new, innovative research and applied work from leaders in behavioral sciences on the adoption of energy efficiency in energy production and use.

BECC draws a broad mix of attendees:

  • Researchers (e.g., economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, management, law, humanities, and interdisciplinary)
  • Decision makers (e.g., from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as legislators, and regulators)
  • Practitioners (e.g., utilities, consultants, manufacturers, designers, architects, entrepreneurs, marketers, and purchasers)
  • Influencers (e.g., community organizers, nonprofit leaders, media, religion, and entertainment professionals)

Behavioral research insights can help:

  • 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
  • Increase the benefits and decrease the costs of energy-oriented policies and programs
  • Improve the analytic models that guide our vision for the future

Why attend BECC?

Every year we assemble great speakers and provide cutting-edge information: The BECC 2018 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.

The conference size is limited to 700 participants and regularly sells out!