You know the facial expression of a person who got confused on the way to being excited? That is the typical the response I get when I tell people my areas of research. I am an environmental psychologist. Before you ask… No, I do not perform psychotherapy on bunnies and I’m afraid I can’t tell you how trees feel before being cut down (although I imagine it’s the type of thing that would get your sap pumping). In fact, I have spent the better part of a decade (in British Columbia, Canada) researching the psychology of human behavior, as it relates to environmental problems.
Energy efficiency is a proven and cost-effective strategy to reduce pollution and can help states comply with environmental regulations, including EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Even with the Supreme Court stay of the rule, there are many reasons to move forward with energy efficiency.
The past year included many successes, including quite a few that we can build on in the new year. Among the notable developments in 2015:
ACEEE signs on to executive actions bringing energy efficiency to households across the country.
ACEEE executive director Steven Nadel made this statement on the report Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles released today by the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering:
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and other organizations participate in Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Commitment to Action
MILWAUKEE—Johnson Controls plans to scale up its innovative program to help small and medium-sized suppliers reduce energy use in their manufacturing facilities as a CGI America Commitment to Action.
ACEEE introduces updated website and launches smarterhouse.org, new home of Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings
ACEEE celebrates its 35thanniversary this year. To commemorate that milestone, we’ve updated the design of our online home, aceee.org, to include larger, darker text, a simpler layout, and bigger images.
But the changes are more than cosmetic. We’ve improved our site’s search function, combined the blog and press release sections into one feed, and improved the way the site displays on mobile devices.
Today at greenercars.org, ACEEE released its 18th annual comprehensive environmental ratings for vehicles.
2014 was a good year for energy efficiency. The outlook for 2015 is uncertain, but we’re guardedly optimistic.
The New Year is usually a good time to take stock of the year just ended, and to look forward to the year ahead. Regarding energy efficiency, 2014 was generally a good year. Energy-saving technologies and practices continued to advance. For example, in 2014 LED lighting became a mainstream source of light. The Design Lights Consortium now lists more than 70,000 LED lighting products.
Anniversaries serve to remind us where we’ve come from, how much we’ve accomplished, and where we’re headed. What better way to launch ACEEE’s 35th anniversary as an organization (coming up in 2015) than by paying tribute to Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld, who was instrumental in our creation and guides our vision still? Art is our founder and is currently distinguished scientist emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor emeritus of physics, University of California, Berkeley.