Category: Behavior change

Webinar: Inspiring Employees to Join the Net-Zero World

Sep 2, 2021 noon-1pm CDT
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When a company sets net-zero goals, how should it think about the footprint of employees, particularly in an increasingly “hybrid” working world? In this webinar, experts in employee engagement, behavior change, Scope 3 emissions and new emerging offset options will discuss the future of the “net-zero employee.”

In this webcast, you’ll learn how to:

  • Engage employees in sustainability and carbon mitigation efforts
  • Equip employees with their own personalized footprint and action plan
  • Incentivize employees with carbon offsets and pro-social rewards
  • Communicate and report on how individual employee actions are driving collective impacts

Moderator

  • Heather Clancy, Vice President & Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group

Speakers

  • Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO, WeSpire
  • Brandon Schauer, Senior Vice President, U.S. Climate Change, Rare

If you can’t tune in live, please register and GreenBiz will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

U.S. climate ads by conservatives, for conservatives, shift views

Read the full story at Reuters.

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, a conservative Republican from South Carolina, admits he was “ignorant” on climate change when he first got to Congress about three decades ago.

“I didn’t know anything about it except that Al Gore was for (action on) it and that was the end of the inquiry for me,” he recalled.

But today Inglis waxes poetic about how trips to Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef, as a member of the House Science Committee, helped upend his views and spur him to try to win over like-minded potential converts to action on climate change.

Poll: Many farmers still doubt that humans drive climate change

Read the full story from Iowa Public Radio.

Farmers continue to question whether climate change is driven by humans, the consensus of scientists worldwide, an Iowa State University researcher said Wednesday.

ISU sociology professor J. Arbuckle, drawing largely from ISU’s Farm and Rural Life Poll, said farmers have become more open to conversations about carbon emissions and climate change.

Google Maps will start showing you slower routes. Here’s why

Read the full story at Fast Company.

If we want to save the planet, we have to give up some parts of our fast-paced lifestyle. Much like the Victory Speed Limit slowed down cars during World War II in order to consume less gas, designers today are asking, “Would you take a bit longer to travel somewhere if you knew it was better for the environment?”

And that’s the question Google is putting forth in its latest iteration of Google Maps.

Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) virtual conference now accepting abstracts

This year’s theme: Reimagining the Future

Submission Deadline: Extended to April 22, 2021 (Earth Day)
Length: 300 Words

Submit your abstract on the conference website.

In this time of uncertainty, global threats, and transition, humanity has a singular opportunity to reimagine our collective future. For the past 15 years, the Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) conference has presented behavioral research and practice to foster individual and organizational change. At this year’s virtual conference (November 8-10, 2021), we want to showcase your ideas for reimagining and realizing an equitable, low carbon future.

BECC invites you to present your work and learn from others about how to encourage behavior change that reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions, evaluate behavior-change programs, understand why individuals and groups change, and make transitions in fair and equitable ways. BECC participants and presenters represent a variety of backgrounds and communities: research, academia, business, utilities, government, and the nonprofit sector. All come together to learn and network at this unique conference.

Review: Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Authors will be notified of acceptance in early summer 2021. Priority will be given to new work with original findings.

Who should submit:

  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • Commercial businesses
  • Utilities
  • Government policy & research labs
  • For-profit & non-profit organizations
  • Sustainability organizations
  • Program designers and implementers

Issue Areas

Social Science Insights

  • Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology
  • Organizational and Institutional Behavior
  • Marketing and Communications

Behavior-Based Programs

  • Commercial and Industrial Programs
  • Residential Programs
  • Sustainability Programs and Strategies
  • Program Design
  • Evaluation

Technology

  • Technology and Innovation
  • Renewables
  • Electrification

Climate Change

  • Resilience and Adaptation
  • Models and Metrics

Policy

  • Federal, State, and Local Government Policy
  • Utility policy

Sectoral Approaches

  • Transportation, including New Mobility, EV adoption…
  • Food, Water, Waste

Equity & Empowerment

  • Equity, Underserved, and Disadvantaged Populations
  • Social Movements and Culture Change

Virtual Posters – A Great Way to Present at BECC!

Virtual Posters are a key part of the BECC Virtual Conference. They receive broad exposure through email blasts, social media posts and the BECC website, and are presented in person at Virtual Poster Receptions throughout the conference. Not only are virtual posters a great way to get onto the BECC agenda and present your work to other attendees, they also reach the general public through the conference website and the BECC YouTube channel.

What is a Virtual Poster? A Virtual Poster is a presentation slide deck saved as a PDF file (e.g., PowerPoint slide deck saved as PDF) that describes your project clearly and succinctly in eight slides or less (with “notes,” if desired). In addition, Poster presenters are invited to submit a short (four minute) video recording of themselves narrating their Virtual Poster. Virtual Posters and (optional) narrations are uploaded to the conference website “Virtual Poster Reception Hall” to be available on demand before, during and after the event. Presenters that are accepted for a Virtual Poster will be asked to upload their materials no later than September 15, 2021. Like all presenters at BECC, Virtual Poster presenters will receive the “speaker” rate for registration and must register for the conference.

What is a Virtual Poster Reception? In effect, it is a poster session. But for BECC 2021, presenters will share their posters in advance (“on demand”) and the reception is a specially designated time for attendees to meet presenters virtually and chat with them about the content. It is not designed for formal presentations, but rather for attendees to discuss the poster which they can access on demand. Like at an in-person conference, this gives you the opportunity to network, share contact information, and chat with conference attendees who are interested in your work.

To be considered for a Virtual Poster, submit an abstract on the conference website and indicate your preference for a Virtual Poster.

Implementation science can improve our environmental health

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

Successful public health programs tend to rely on people adopting certain behaviors. In a country like the United States, these behaviors may include simple handwashing or obtaining timely cancer screenings. In low-and-middle-income countries, the behavior may involve using a different type of cookstove to reduce smoke inhalation. In all cases, the changes improve general health status.

Identifying barriers to adoption of these behaviors and finding strategies to overcome those barriers is the work of implementation scientists. The field also studies how to scale-up evidence-based interventions to have the greatest impact on public health.

Webinar: Behavioral Strategies To Ditch Desktop Printers

March 25, 2021, 203 pm CDT
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Replacing individual desktop printers with shared ‘multi-function’ printers (MFPs) is one of the most impactful ways campuses can reduce paper use. It also generates a suite of other benefits, including cost savings on paper, energy, ink/toner, increased security, and reduced demand on IT staff time. Drawing on AASHE and Root Solution’s recent publication, Ditching Desktop Printers: A Behavior Change Guide to Cutting Paper Use, Energy Consumption and Costs, this webinar will provide step-by-step guidance for implementing a printer consolidation campaign, including potential intervention ideas based on the results of these surveys.

Ditching Desktop Printers: A Behavior Change Guide to Cutting Paper Use, Energy Consumption, and Costs

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Replacing individual desktop printers with a shared office or department ‘multi-function’ printer (MFP) is one of the most impactful ways campuses can reduce paper use. It also generates a suite of other benefits, including cost savings on paper, energy, ink/toner, increased security, and reduced demand on IT staff time.

This report examines some of the barriers to and motivators for making the switch as uncovered in surveys given to staff and faculty across six higher education campuses. It provides step-by-step guidance for implementing a printer consolidation campaign, including potential intervention ideas based on the results of these surveys.

Ego or Eco? Neither Ecological nor Egoistic Appeals of Persuasive Climate Change Messages Impacted Pro-Environmental Behavior

Kesenheimer JS, Greitemeyer T. (2020). “Ego or Eco? Neither Ecological nor Egoistic Appeals of Persuasive Climate Change Messages Impacted Pro-Environmental Behavior.” Sustainability 12(23), 10064. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310064

Abstract: Based on the ‘Inclusion Model of Environmental Concern’, we tested whether daily messaging intervention increases participants’ pro-environmental behavior (PEB). In a two (time: pre vs. post, repeated measure) × three (condition: egoistic appeals, ecological appeals, control group) experimental design, two hundred and eighteen individuals received either daily messages containing egoistic appeals for action to prevent climate change (e.g., preventing personal consequences of released diseases in melting arctic ice), ecological appeals (e.g., ecological consequences of melting glaciers), or no messages (control). PEB was assessed via self-reports and donations to an environmental organization. Neither of the appeals had an effect on the two dependent measures. Irrespective of experimental conditions, self-reported PEB was higher in the post- compared with the pre-test. Overall, the present results do not provide support for the effectiveness of a daily messaging technique. Instead, it appears that ‘being observed’ is the more effective ‘intervention’. Implications for how to foster PEB are discussed.

Webinar: Pollution Prevention: Considering the Human Factor

Mon, Jan 25, 2021 9:30-11:00 am CST
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Join Regions 3 and 4 in a Regional Roundtable focused on advancing Pollution Prevention (P2) through human capital and organizational culture. This Roundtable will feature EPA P2 grantees, technical assistance providers and industry counterparts who will share initiatives and case studies about increasing the impact of P2 through employee engagement, engaging with safety professionals on environmental issues, gathering “Green Teams” to help make P2 initiatives a success, and more. The panel will then be opened to audience questions and contributions.

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