Where can those involved in energy efficiency and sustainability go for inspiration and knowledge? This fall, CESC is headed to the annual Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference. The conference, which is taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento from October 15th - 18th, will include keynote speeches and panel sessions by experts in energy and climate change, as well as a film festival, poster presentations, and networking dinners. This year, the conference program includes 40 sessions showcasing over 150 presenters.

Organizers describe BECC as “the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making to accelerate the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future.” The event “brings together a range of academics, practitioners, and policymakers from a variety of fields engaged in energy and climate efforts in order to provide the latest and most relevant behavioral research, best practices, and methodologies.” Goals of the conference include learning about behavior and decisions that advance energy and climate solutions.

BECC is convened by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI), and Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC). Attendees and sponsors include SMUD, PG&E, Energy Upgrade California, and CESC partner DNV GL.

CESC has presented at the conference in past years, and this year we will be touting the accomplishments of our Green West Oakland program in 2016. A partnership with the Alameda County Green Business Program, Green West Oakland helped 12 West Oakland businesses obtain their Green Business certification, providing extra incentives to cover sustainability costs and supporting business owners in completing the requirements to become certified. The program culminated with a press event where collaborators spoke and participating businesses were recognized for their efforts to make West Oakland more sustainable. Executive Director Martin Bond explained how important this work is to CESC, saying: “We feel strongly that offering energy efficiency, water efficiency, and technical assistance to help small businesses is a really great way to help build up our community and make our small businesses more sustainable.”

This year, the Green Business program has renewed its presence in the East Bay, and CESC is collaborating with the program once again. Green Business intern Erica is helping us connect the dots between businesses who are interested in an energy assessment from our program, and businesses who are working towards their green business certification.

We’re looking forward to gaining knowledge at the conference, and sharing the work we’ve done. If you’re in Sacramento, stop by our poster presentation on Tuesday, October 17th at 5:30. See the full schedule here.