Category: Behavior change

Disaggregation resets expectations when energy efficiency falls short

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

It seems obvious that when a homeowner replaces an old appliance or fixture with a more efficient model, it is always a good thing. Surprisingly, it is not so clear-cut. A number of studies have found that some kinds of residential energy efficiency retrofits not only do not result in significantly less power usage but end up increasing power usage. The positive news is that many utilities are offering solutions to address this challenge by using disaggregation tools to offer homeowners information as to why their energy bill increases rather than drops.

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Citizens are alarmed by the climate crisis, but most believe they are already doing more to preserve the planet than anyone else, including their government, and few are willing to make significant lifestyle changes, an international survey has found.

“The widespread awareness of the importance of the climate crisis illustrated in this study has yet to be coupled with a proportionate willingness to act,” the survey of 10 countries including the US, UK, France and Germany, observed.

If 100 companies are responsible for 70% of emissions, what can you do?

Read the full story at Fast Company.

If most of the problem is caused by enormous corporations and slow-moving governments, what am I supposed to do about it? Here’s what.

Efficiency improvements and renewables reduce emissions—but also trick people into using more energy

Read the full story in Fast Company. The original study appears in Global Environmental Change.

Making investments toward reducing emissions has economy-wide benefits, but in the residential sector can lead to a “rebound effect,” where people use more energy than they did before when they know it’s cleaner and cheaper.

How can we get more people to care about the climate crisis?

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Thirty-five years ago, four words from Stevie Ray Vaughn mobilized an entire state to clean up its act. Now we need a simple, powerful climate crisis message to mobilize the masses.

Climate Solutions at Work

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This easy-to-flip-through guide—published by Drawdown Labs—will help the climate-concerned employee assess whether or not their company is taking adequate steps to address the climate crisis, and how they can utilize their power to push their company well beyond ‘net zero’. It can also be used by the general public to be more sophisticated judges of the corporate climate announcements we often hear about.

Throughout, the guide mentions specific job functions (e.g., marketing, human resources, government affairs, etc.) that have enormous untapped potential to drive climate action. As employees read the guide, we also encourage them to also think about the specific solutions they can integrate into their climate work.

Webinar: Inspiring Employees to Join the Net-Zero World

Sep 2, 2021 noon-1pm CDT
Register here.

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.

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