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The 2011 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference


November 29, 2011 - December 2, 2011
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

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 sixth year, BECC has become the leading forum on these topics, attracting a broad mix of policymakers, academic researchers, program implementers and influencers from media, business and non-profit groups.

The 2011 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference, held in Washington, D.C. from November 29-December 2, 2011, built on the overwhelming success of previous conferences, attracting an all-time high of more than 700 attendees.  For an analysis of the outcomes of BECC 2011, see ACEEE's recent white paper entitled, "BECC 2011: A Summary and ACEEE Perspective."

BECC 2011 brought together a diverse group of policymakers, social scientists, program implementers, media, and energy experts to explore the practical application of social and behavioral insights to address our energy and climate challenges. They reviewed recent behavioral research, discussed current and emerging policy issues, shared effective program/communication strategies, and encouraged collaboration across government, utility, business, and research sectors. Our goal continues to be achieving 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.


2011 BECC included more than 200 presenters selected through a competitive abstract process and by special invitation. Topics included behavioral economics, behavioral and social psychology, gamification, social marketing, program evaluation, local and state greenhouse gas policy and many others.  Most conference presentations are available at


The BECC 2011 Conference is convened by the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), University of California; the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), Stanford University; and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).