SEE Action Webinar Series on Behavior Programs and Strategies

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

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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)

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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

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This webinar will discuss how behavior change interventions can be implemented in traditional energy efficiency programs to enhance the effectiveness of their program designs.

Making the Business Case for a Circular Economy

Read the full post in Environmental Leader.

The financial opportunities and environmental benefits of a circular economy in the electronics sector – where waste becomes a resource for new products – was the focus of the recent Emerging Green conference held by the Green Electronics Council in Portland, Oregon.

Representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors convened to discuss profit-driven approaches to sustainability in the electronics sector, and how to develop collaborative strategies to achieve success. Trucost presented original research on natural capital dependencies in the electronics industry in partnership with the Green Electronics Council.

Guidance for Water Utilities to Validate Water Audits

Read the full post at Environmental Leader.

As water utilities are increasingly focusing on controlling water loss because of the ongoing drought in part of the US, the Water Research Foundation has launched a project aimed at developing a standard method to validate water audits and guidance for utilities and governing agencies in implementing a water audit validation program.

The project, Establishing Water Utility Guidance and Methodology for Water Audit Validation (Project #4639), will analyze precisely how and to what extent water audit validations are currently being conducted by utilities and/or regulatory agencies and then use that information to create a guidance document for validation programs.

Who Can Understand This Climate Change Report?

Read the full post at Pacific Standard.

One of the central goals of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change’s periodic assessment reports is to communicate what scientists know about climate change in an understandable way. Despite that goal—and recent efforts to overhaul IPCC’s communications strategy—the latest climate-science summaries are harder than ever to digest, according to a new analysis.

Climate science is complicated business, but policymakers need to comprehend it well enough to act on what scientists know. In recognition of those facts, IPCC has always included summaries meant to be readable by anyone with a serious interest in climate change. Often, however, the summaries fall short of that goal, threatening one of IPCC’s most important aims.


AASHE releases 2015 Sustainable Campus Index

AASHE’s newly released 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights best practices from over 50 U.S., Canadian and Mexican institutions that have submitted a STARS report in the last 12 months. Average scores in each impact area based on institution type and country are included.

Institutions that achieved the top spot in each impact area are listed below:

  • Arizona State University (Purchasing)
  • Colby College (Air & Climate)
  • Colorado State University (Public Engagement, Waste, Wellbeing & Work)
  • Columbia University (Transportation)
  • Green Mountain College (Curriculum)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Water)
  • Stanford University (Diversity & Affordability)
  • Sterling College (Dining & Food)
  • Unity College (Energy, Investment)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign (Buildings)

Multiple institutions tied for first in the areas of Campus Engagement, Coordination & Planning, Grounds and Research. The full list of top performers and best practices in each impact area is provided in the report.

New Toolkit Promotes Open Licensing of Publicly-Funded Resources

Read the full post at Shareable.

If your tax dollars help create a resource, shouldn’t it be shared freely? Yes, of course, but that’s not always the case. Creative Commons is doing something about this with their Open Licensing Policy Toolkit to “support the education of government staff creating, adopting and implementing open licensing policies.”

After the VW scandal, how can we trust business to act on climate change?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

It won’t show up in any biodiversity assessment, or make it into a State Of The World report. But alongside tuna stocks, tropical rainforests, and the white rhino, there is another finite resource being ruthlessly squandered through unsustainable practices.

Trust – the invisible but crucial glue that holds communities together and social contracts in place – is a precious commodity. And every time a corporation poisons our atmosphere (with this year’s villainous cameo coming courtesy of the car manufacturer Volkswagen), they are doing something else that is just as destructive: poisoning the well of public opinion.

With important UN negotiations in Paris looming at the end of 2015, the focus of campaigners and politicians has turned to the steps necessary to secure a political agreement on climate change. But at root, the challenge posed abruptly and joltingly by climate change is about negotiation of a different kind: how we should live, work, play and prosper in a carbon-constrained world. And negotiating this new path is fundamentally about trust.