december, 2020

07decAll Day10BECC Panels - Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference

Event Details

BECC Panels – Insights, Information, and Ideas

Discount Registration Ends November 15

Reimagining Creativity and Inspiring Behavior Change

Moderator: Marda Kirn, EcoArts Connections
Monday, 1:15 pm EST and 10:15 am PST
Images and storytelling are increasingly used to improve climate change communication‚ often without the recognition that both of these tools have their foundations in the arts. Other helpful tools that have their roots in the arts include “inviting people in” instead of “pushing information out” to inspire successful attitudinal and behavior change. Learn about ways you might ally with the arts to more efficiently and effectively shift people from awareness to action.

  • Eve Mosher, Artist
  • Xavier Cortada, Artist and Professor of Practice at the University of Miami Department of Art and Art History

Future Framing: Considering the Future Today for Tomorrow

Moderator: Katelyn Stenger, University of Virginia
Monday 2:30 pm EST and 11:30 am PST
Why should we envision the future of climate change? What works? Envisioning how current conditions will play out in the future can be a powerful tool for addressing climate change by revealing various pathways to action. Panelists will discuss research investigating how we can frame decisions about the future in a way that influences climate action and how we can expand who gets to envision these futures. They will also discuss applications that align short-term action with long-term climate goals.


  • Dr. Elke Weber, Princeton University
  • Krystel Montpetit, OECD
  • Vanessa Keith, Principal Architect of Studioteka
  • Patrick Hancock, University of Virginia

How Should We Talk About Climate Change to Motivate Behavior Change? New Insights from Social Science

Moderator: Cynthia Frantz, Oberlin College
Tuesday, Noon and 9:00 am PST
How we talk about climate change—and its solutions—matters for policy support and behavior. Panel members will briefly present new psychological research on 1) focusing on the collective nature of climate change, 2) thinking about the future, 3) emphasizing structural change, and 4) creating a bipartisan vision of decarbonization. Presentations will be followed by a solutions-focused discussion among all attendees about how to use these findings best.


  • Min Suh, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Joel Ginn, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Deidra Miniard, Indiana University

How to Reach the Hard-to-Reach Around the World

Moderator: Sea Rotmann, Users Technology Collaboration Program by International Energy Agency
Tuesday, 1:15 pm EST and 10:15 am PST
An international research collaboration investigated hard-to-reach (HTR) audiences in the residential and non-residential sectors, focusing on five countries (the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). We found that this HTR audience included more than 50% of energy users – and it is growing fast due to COVID-19. This session will provide insights into the HTR in different parts of the world, their broader contexts and barriers, and why we need to work harder to engage them.


  • Aimee Ambrose, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Kim O’Sullivan, National Expert – New Zealand
  • Raúl Castaño-Rosa, University Carlos III de Madrid

Energy Behavior with Smart Thermostats: Reduced Energy and Improved Comfort

Therese Peffer, University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, 3:30 pm EST and 12:30 pm PST
The panelists will explore findings from several field evaluations of smart thermostats in low-income and senior households. They will discuss new design concepts, installation and operation barriers, typical issues (e.g., language), and tested interventions. Their research reveals how users can be motivated to reduce energy consumption. They also explore whether it is necessary to use tailored applications that employ gamification and serious-game techniques.


  • Sarah Outcault, University of California, Davis
  • Juana Isabel Mendez, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Studies
  • Will Baker, Google

Behavioral Strategies and Deep Measures—Enemies or Friends?

Moderator: Mary Sprayregen, Oracle/Opower
Wednesday noon and 9:00 am PST
Many states are looking to leverage energy efficiency to meet aggressive GHG reduction goals. But which approaches work best? Can changing human behavior drive significant emissions reductions, or do states need to focus on the built environment? New research and program approaches help illuminate the answer: We must do both. And even better: The two combined are greater than the sum of their parts.


  • Chris Porter, National Grid
  • Andy Frank, Sealed

Meeting the Call: Decision-making and Demand Response

Moderator: Margaret Taylor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Stanford

University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center
Wednesday 1:15 pm EST and 10:15 am PST

This session focuses on the residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural decision-making needed to unlock the potential of demand response (DR) to balance deeply renewable grids. Panel members will discuss (1) enrollment and participation assumptions underlying the modeling of DR potential; (2) commercial building participation planning that incorporates operator and occupant preferences; and (3) sub-daily, intra-annual, and interannual visions for aligning farm irrigation with climate change adaptation and grid needs.


  • Brian Gerke, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Jeffrey Deason, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Jingjing Zhang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Maximizing Energy Savings and Mitigating Climate Change through Building Policies and Programs

Moderator: Adam Guzzo, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Thursday noon and 9:00 PST am
Cities are implementing innovative policies and programs to save energy and reduce emissions in the building sector. Local leaders will share successful strategies, discuss lessons learned, and talk next steps as they work to implement these policies and programs in their communities. Participants will also get a preview of the Department of Energy’s State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Platform, a tool to enable more data-driven energy planning and decision making.


  • Nicole Ballinger, Buildings & Energy Strategic Advisor, Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment
  • Rajiv Ravulapati, GPRO: O&M, Government Services Analyst, City of St. Louis


december 7 (Monday) - 10 (Thursday)


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