BECC 2011: A Summary and ACEEE Perspective

White Paper


Ben Foster, Susan Mazur-Stommen


The Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference focuses on understanding the nature of individual and organizational behavior and decision-making, and using that knowledge to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low carbon economy.  Now in its fifth year, BECC has become the leading forum for these topics, attracting a broad mix of policymakers; academic researchers; program implementers; and influencers from media, business, and nonprofit groups.

This document has three goals. First, we offer some high-level metrics measuring the outcomes of last year’s BECC conference.  Second, we attempt to characterize some of the insights that emerged from the three days.  Lastly, we propose some modifications for 2012, with the goal of building upon the successes of BECC, while still recognizing the need for further refinement of content, approach, and logistics.  

We would like to thank the Overbrook Foundation for their support of the conference and of this summary.