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How can we evolve sustainability to a language that is more accessible and motivational? That’s what I wanted to find out by reaching out to several communications/marketing experts whom I highly respect to get their assessment of what is wrong and how to fix it. I asked one simple question:
If the current language of sustainability were abandoned, what ONE THING (one way/approach/set of principles) would you advocate to achieve this end goal?
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When it comes to reducing consumer food waste, guilt doesn’t cut it. Here’s what does.
December 9, 2015 — noon-1 pm
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Alexandra Klass, IonE Resident Fellow and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Law School; and Elizabeth Wilson, IonE Resident Fellow and Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
As state and local governments and electricity users attempt to improve the efficiency of their buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and realize the promises of improved demand-side management of energy resources, the need for electricity and other energy-related data becomes ever more pressing. Yet current law allows companies to keep a significant amount of energy use data confidential. In this talk we will draw lessons from the more sophisticated legal frameworks governing health care, education and environmental emissions data that balance public policy needs for data evaluation with privacy interests. A review of the law in these fields shows that the privacy and confidentiality interests in energy consumption data may be overstated and, in any event, can be adequately addressed in most instances by aggregating the data, using historic rather than current data, or developing contracts and other agreements to ensure security where access to individualized data is needed.
Hosted by the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) Customer Information and Behavior Working Group, Anne Dougherty and Amanda Dwelley from Illume Advising will dive into issues around behavior programs and strategies in a three-part webinar series.
Session 1: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 2–3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
This webinar will propose an expansive definition of a behavior program, dig deeper in to behavior change strategy, and give examples of efforts in energy to clearly define “behavioral programs” vs. “behavioral interventions” in energy efficiency. This will serve as a primer for the two following webinars.
Session 2: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, 2–3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
This webinar will present data on ILLUME Advising team’s detailed review and inventory of evaluated commercial and residential behavioral programs. The review will share differences in savings, costs, and strategies across a wide range of program designs to support strategic portfolio planning and design.
Session 3: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, 2–3:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will discuss how behavior change interventions can be implemented in traditional energy efficiency programs to enhance the effectiveness of their program designs.
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Your Angry Birds addiction is about to go into relapse. The game makers are hosting a climate change–themed tournament this week.