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November 5, 2007
In an unprecedented effort to develop stronger responses to climate change, dozens of leading policymakers and scholars will gather later this week in Sacramento to probe the human behavior that underlies the way we use energy, adopt new technologies, decide what we purchase and take action to produce—and reduce—emissions.
The first-ever Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference will feature talks on such topics as the relationship between social norms and household energy consumption, the "cheeseburger effect" on global warming and what prompts people to buy a Prius instead of another type of car. These and other talks aim to deepen understanding of individual and organizational behavior relating to climate change and to leverage that knowledge to develop new approaches.
The conference covers both long-term and short-term strategies. It will explore measures that could affect how we promote commerce and build cities and transportation infrastructure over the next century. Yet it also will examine more immediate steps, such as conservation and improved energy efficiency, which can produce substantial reductions in carbon emissions at relatively little cost over the next decade.
Members of the media are invited to attend, though the conference has already sold out. About 500 people from across the United States and abroad have registered, including researchers from anthropology, psychology, sociology and economics; policymakers from Congress and federal and state agencies; and participants from major business and nonprofit groups.
The schedule includes:
The event is hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the California Institute for Energy and the Environment and Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency. It begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, and runs through 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Radisson Hotel Sacramento at 500 Leisure Lane
To see the full schedule, visit http://piee-behavior.stanford.edu/conferences.html.
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