Monday, November 8, 2021: Day 1 

Sponsored by The Energy Coalition

11:00AM Opening Reception and Networking
11:45AM Welcome and Opening Plenary:  

Reimagining the Future of Food with Michael Pollan

This session features an interview with writer, teacher, and activist, Michael Pollan. The session will be chaired by one of America’s most honored and experienced environmental journalists and the founding director of the new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Andrew Revkin. Mr. Pollan and Mr. Revkin will discuss the connections among food systems, behavior, and climate change.

1:00PM Break
1:15PM Transportation: Advancing Clean Mobility for All

Equity: Addressing Equity through Community Engagement

Programs: Building Trust Through Communication Strategies

Organizations: Wagging the Long Tail of Businesses

2:15PM  Meet the speakers! Stay online to chat with the speakers after each session.
2:30PM    Break
2:45PM Equity: Equity and Energy

Transportation: Accelerating Clean Vehicle Adoption

Social Science: Thinking about Energy: From Household to Collective Action

Panel: Advanced Energy Communities: Lessons Learned from Scaling Energy Efficiency and Community Solar Microgrids

Moderator: Therese Peffer, CIEE/University of California, Berkeley


  • Genaro Bugarin, The Energy Coalition 
  • Meaghan Laverty, The Energy Coalition
  • Cathy Leonard, Oakland Neighborhoods for Equity
  • Kate Ringness, SmartBlock Communities
3:45PM  Meet the speakers! Stay online to chat with the speakers after each session.
4:00PM  Break
4:15PM  Panel 1

Public Policy: Exploring and Experimenting in Organizational Systems

Moderator: Tom Maiorana, University of California, Davis


  • Carissa Carter, Academic Director, Stanford University
  • Kelli Covey, Principal and Founder, Covey Group
  • Verena Kontschieder, Policy Program Manager, AI, at Facebook and Open Loop
  • Katie Krummeck , Educational Designer
Panel 2

Statewide Sustainability Programs Supporting Change in Over 2000 Communities 

Moderator: Lola Schoenrich, Sustainable States Network 


  • Jim Price, Sustainable Pennsylvania
  • Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey
  • Kristin Mroz-Risse, Minnesota GreenStep Cities
Panel 3

One Tectonic Shift: The Conversion of Our Fossil-Based Heating Systems to Heat Pumps

Moderator: Kristin Dupre, Adobe Energy Management


  • Meg Howard, CEC Massachusetts
  • Travis Estes, Adobe Energy Management
  • Dana Fisher, Mitsubishi
  • Shawn Intorcio, Reading Municipal Light Plant, Massachusetts
Panel 4

Change Management at the Heart of Energy Efficiency and DEI

Moderator: Sada Naegelin, Stillwater Energy


  • TBA
5:15PM  Virtual Poster Reception – Meet the Authors and Discuss their Posters

  • Abbie Bender & Wokje Abrahamse, Victoria University of Wellington, What Are the Critical Determinants of Pro-Environmental Behavior? A Meta-Analysis Look at the Theory of Planned Behaviour, Value Belief Norm Theory, Values Theory, Self-Discrepancy Theory, Affect and Habit
  • Koral Buch & Debapriya Chakraborty, University of California, Davis, A Total Cost of Ownership Analysis of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Drivers in California
  • Alan Jenn, University of California, Davis, Emissions Impact of Electric Vehicle Adoption on Disadvantaged Communities
  • Jared Langevin & Jingjing Zhang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency: A Case Study of the Oakland Ecoblock
  • Annika Lutz & Caroline Mackay, Simon Fraser University, Encouraging Cognitive Alternatives to the Environmental Status Quo
  • Christoph Meinrenken & Sanjmeet Abrol, Columbia University, Does Providing Household Residents with Usage Information Prompt Reductions?
  • Jonathan Mendel & Hadar Hamid, Simon Fraser University, Imagining a Sustainable World: A Qualitative Analysis of Environmental Cognitive Alternatives 
  • Susan Schneider, Root Solutions, Lasting Behavior Change: The Challenge of Persistence
  • K. Shankari & Andrew Duvall, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), The Canbikeco Mini Pilot: Preliminary Results and Lessons Learned
5:45PM Break
6:00PM BECC Scholars Meet, Greet, and Discuss Energy Futures 

with James L. Sweeney, Stanford University. Dr. Sweeney, known for his work on energy economics and energy policy, is a Hoover Institution senior fellow. Sweeney analyzes economic and policy issues, especially those involving energy systems and/or the environment.

Workshop 1: TBA Workshop 2: TBA Workshop 3: TBA
7:30PM End of Day 1


Tuesday, November 9, 2021: Day 2




 Renewable Energy: From Research to Mass Adoption

Transportation: Electric Vehicle Charging Behavior

Equity: Reaching Low-Income Customers 


Panel: Cultural Sensitivity in Evaluation: What Does It Look Like and How Are We Doing?

Moderator:  Ryan Bliss, ADM Associates, Inc


  • Sarah Castor, Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Quinn Parker, Encolor Consulting LLC
  • Jeremy Offenstein, ADM Associates, Inc.


Meet the speakers! Stay online to chat with the speakers after each session.




Programs: Utility Innovations for Data-Driven Decision-Making

Policy and Movements: Culture, Cascades, Conundrums, and Comedy

Programs: Case Studies in Using Competition and Gamification

Panel: Responding to Climate Change Through Education: Data and Methods

Moderator:  Radhika Iyengar, Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University  


  • Eugene Cordero, San Jose State University, Christina Kwauk, Center for Universal Education at Brookings
  • Marcia McKenzie, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan


Meet the speakers! Stay online to chat with the speakers after each session.




Plenary: The Biden Administration and Climate Change




Virtual Poster Reception – Meet the Authors and Discuss their Posters

  • Andrea Doukakis, RE Tech Advisors & Hannah Debelius, Department of Energy, DOE Waste Pilot Findings: Outreach and Engagement, Data, and Scope Three Emissions
  • Abdurakhim Rakhimov, Center for Behavior & the Environment, Rare, The Effect of Individual Climate Behavior Messaging on Green Policy Support
  • Beth Fitzjarrald, E Source, Bringing EV Benefits to Low-Income Customers
  • Paul Monaghan & Jennison Kipp, University of Florida, Community Weatherization Coalition, Can Education Change Energy Savings Behavior?
  • Brett Williams & John Anderson, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), Characterizing Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Consumers Who Found the U.S. Federal Tax Credit Extremely Important in Enabling Their Purchase
  • Brianne Eby & Robert Puentes, Eno Center for Transportation, Congestion Pricing: A Tool for Sustainability, Equity, and Behavior Change
  • Desmond Kirwan & Grant Faber, University of Michigan, Focus on Local Resilience and Adaptation
  • Meaghan Laverty, The Energy Coalition, The Intersection Between Food Access and Energy Efficiency: LA’s Neighborhood Market Revitalization Program
  • Michael Soszynski & Brittany Berg, ADM Associates, Shedding Light on Energy Inequities: What Might Race and Demographic Differences in Identifying Bulb Types Tell Us?
  • Nathan Manuel, Measured Light, The Hidden Environmental Costs of Working from Anywhere 




Solutions Session 1, Hosted by Dr. Reuven Sussman

Where to Start? Taking the First Steps on a Behavior-Centered Design Journey, Hosted by Rare




Networking Social Event


End of Day 2


Wednesday, November 10, 2021: Day 3




Plenary: How Behavioral Insights Teams Make Changes in Governments Around the World

Behavioral science experts working in government are at the cutting edge of where research meets practice. They have successfully applied behavioral science theories to influence real-world shifts in behavior. Importantly, they also support and encourage the use of rigorous evaluation methods, including random and quasi-random controlled experiments. Increasingly, these experts are being asked to work on programs and projects that encourage citizens to engage in climate actions. Many work in units specifically devoted to tackling energy and environmental problems. Yet the challenges of working in government and promoting new or underutilized behavior change methods are great. This panel of behavioral scientists in governments around the world will discuss their work, their challenges, and their successes. They will discuss not only how to change the behavior of citizens, but also how to change the behavior of governments regarding climate policy and programs.




Virtual Poster Reception – Meet the Authors and Discuss their Posters

  • Aida Warah, Gentleways for Our Planet, Using the Technology of Behavioral Change to Reduce Climate Change
  • Anne Arquit Niederberger, Enervee, Efficient Shopping for All – From Direct Install to Empowerment
  • Claudio Lex & Susanne Kurowski, Technical University of Munich, Hypes and Innovation Activity: Empirical Evidence from Digital Clean Energy Technologies
  • Dustin Weigl & Joshua Sperling, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sustainability, Scalability, and Resiliency of the Innisfil Mobility on Demand Experiment
  • Emily Cruz & Elke Weber, Princeton University, Evaluating the Environmental, Emotional, and Economic Impact of Pedestrian-Only Streets In New York City
  • Kathryn Colley & Tony Craig, The James Hutton Institute, SMARTEES: Modelling Household Uptake of a Citywide District Heat Network in Aberdeen
  • Kathryn Janda, University College London, Mapping Climate Change Engagement Efforts: From Storytelling to Story Listening
  • Pia Drechsel, & Thomas Decker, University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm, Do Consumers Want to Reduce Plastic Packaging? Results from a Field Experiment
  • Rebecca Upton, Anglia Ruskin University / Eden Project / The Centre for Alternative Technology, Exploring the Impact and Value of Education for Sustainability at the Eden Project


Technology in the Field

Renewables and Electrification

Social Science: Understanding Diverse Audiences

Panel: Bringing Quantitative Behavioral Research into the Heart of Residential Program Design and Iteration. 

Moderator:  Owen Howlett, SMUD


  • Ralph Dinola, New Buildings Institute
  • Hale Forster, See Change Institute


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Utopian and Dystopian Futures

Equity Programs Achieving Results

HERs 2.0 – Rethinking Home Energy Reports

Panel: How to Reach the Hard-to-Reach: Insights from a Cross-Country Case Study Comparison 

Moderator: Sea Rotmann, SEA – Sustainable Energy Advice Ltd


  • Miguel Macias Sequeira, Center for Sustainability and Environmental Research, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Kimberley O’Sullivan, Otago University, New Zealand
  • Anna Realini & Simone Maggiore, RSE, Milan, Italy
  • Dr Danielle Butler, National Energy Action and the Fuel Poverty Research Network


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Plenary: What’s Next: Identifying Priorities for Reducing GHG Emissions


Mike Vandenberg

Professor, Vanderbilt University Tom Dietz

Professor, Michigan State University Paul Stern

Principal and Staff Officer, Natural Resource Council of the NAS Rachel Schwom

Director, Rutgers Energy Institute

There is broad agreement that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced substantially and that there is a premium on initial steps that will slow emissions quickly. But most analyses focus only on the potential of a technology if adopted or a behavioral change if implemented. This panel will begin with short presentations that identify criteria for choosing priority actions based on their Technical Potential (“the amount of reductions that would result from a behavioral change or technology adoption”), Behavioral Plasticity (BP) (”the proportion of the target population that will change behavior or adopt a technology when programs and policies to promote such change are in place”), and Initiative Feasibility (IF) (”the likelihood of getting such programs or policies in place”). In addition, programs that are high potential in the short run should also facilitate broader transformations in energy systems and be attentive to energy justice issues. After discussing criteria, we will spend 50% of the session time on a moderated discussion to identify actions that are strong on all three criteria, considering actions by the private sector, by utilities, and by federal, state, and local governments. We are open to audience engagement during this part of the session, depending on format constraints. We will close with a brief discussion of the implications of this approach for research.


End of Day 3 – Conference Closing