Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference (BECC)
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.
As I start my fourth week here at ACEEE, it seems like a good moment to introduce myself and at the same time offer some glimpses of where we hope to take the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program over the next year. My name is Susan Mazur-Stommen and I am coming from the West Coast, where my background is in cultural anthropology; I ran a small consulting firm, Indicia Consulting, specializing in ethnographic research for clients in both the public and private sectors.
The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference has over the past four years become a leading forum for the exchange of ideas and program success stories about the application of social science insights to accelerating the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy.