Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium


Buildings account for 40% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Addressing occupant energy, water and waste behaviors can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and create savings that drop to the bottom line.

Behavior change programs are usually low cost and do not require regulations to achieve. For example, studies show that residential use feedback regularly reduces energy consumption by 5-20% [1]. Examples of programs achieving much greater savings can also be found, for instance, Oberlin College was able to reduce dorm energy and water use by 30-50% through a behavior change program [2]. Behavior-based energy efficiency and sustainability programs can also support healthier, more socially integrated places to live and work.

The annual Climate, Buildings and Behavior symposium helps real estate developers, managers, and community revitalization professionals utilize knowledge from the neuro, behavioral, and social sciences to design effective programs to improve the health and well-being of building occupants while shifting consumption behaviors. Each year, symposium participants leave with the knowledge, skills and renewed excitement needed to support sustainable behavior changes in the buildings they work and live in.

     Video Presentations from the 2014 Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium

icon Deepening Feedback Loops: 2013 Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Synthesis Report

[1] Vine, D., Buys, L., & Morris, P. (2013). The Effectiveness of Energy Feedback for Conservation and Peak Demand: A Literature Review. Open Journal of Energy Efficiency, 02(01), 7–15.

[2] Petersen, J. E., Shunturov, V., Janda, K., Platt, G., & Weinberger, K. (2007). Dormitory residents reduce electricity consumption when exposed to real-time visual feedback and incentives. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 8(1), 16–33.


Climate, Mind and Behavior Events

    Climate, Mind and Behavior Leadership


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    Climate, Mind and Behavior Leadership Council:

    Dina Biscotti, UC Davis
    Uwe Brandes, Urban Land Institute
    Marilyn Cornelius, Stanford University
    Jeff Domanski, Princeton University
    Becky Ford, University of Otago, New Zealand
    Ruth Greenspan-Bell, Woodrow Wilson Intl Center for Scholars
    Lauren Kubiak, Natural Resources Defense Council
    Skip Laitner, ACEEE
    Nils Moe, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
    Phil Payne, Gingko Residential
    Roger Platt, USGBC
    Jonathan Rose, Garrison Institute Board Member
    Kurt Roth, Fraunhofer Institute
    Jonathan Rowson, RSA
    Rachael Shwom, Rutgers University
    Jennifer Tabanico, Action Research
    Jason Twill, Lend Lease (Australia)

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