The 2012 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference

The 2012 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
November 12, 2012 to November 14, 2012

The 2012 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference (BECC) was the sixth annual conference focused on understanding the nature of individual and organizational behavior and decision making in order to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low carbon economy. It built on the overwhelming success of previous BECC conferences, where last time over 700 participants discussed successful policy and program strategies, shared important research findings, and built dynamic new networks and collaborations. For an analysis of the outcomes of last year's conference, see ACEEE's recent white paper entitled, "BECC 2011: A Summary and ACEEE Perspective."


Great Speakers:The BECC 2012 program included more than 40 plenary and topic sessions showcasing over 150 presenters selected through a competitive abstract process or invited by the organizing committee. This ensured that state-of-the-art information was brought together in a unique forum. There was also poster presentations, workshops, participant-organized sessions, “tweet-ups” and our traditional fun film festival.  Past attendees from many different fields have described BECC as the "most interesting conference" they have ever attended.

Extraordinary People:BECC brought together a strikingly diverse group of senior-level policymakers, social and natural scientists, program implementers, media, and energy experts to explore how the practical application of social and behavioral insights can help move America to a clean, independent and thriving energy economy. The poster reception and numerous participant organized sessions such as the acclaimed BECC Film Fest provided even more opportunities for making deep connections across a variety of fields and disciplines.

Cutting-Edge Information: Participants heard the latest behavioral research, discussed emerging policy issues, shared effective program/communication strategies, and engaged in collaboration-building across all sectors of endeavor, public and private. Our goal was to achieve viable solutions for meeting long-term energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by improving the design, adoption, and continued effectiveness of policies, programs, technologies, and individual/organizational actions.


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