Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposium

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Applying New Insights to Climate Solutions

The Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposium works to integrate emerging research findings about what drives human behavior into new thinking on climate solutions. It crystallizes and further develops the emerging understanding of human behavior generated by behavioral and social sciences, and applies this evolving body of thought specifically to climate change action and related ecological issues, proposing new approaches, tools and solutions.

Climate, Mind and Behavior convenes leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of climate change and environmental advocacy, neuro-, behavioral and evolutionary economics, psychology, social networking, policy-making, and investing and social media to work together on ways to shift behavior on a large enough scale to realize substantial emissions reductions. The most recent Climate Mind and Behavior Symposium was held at the Garrison Institute in June, 2013.

icon Variation and Diversity in Sustainability and Climate Work: 2013 Climate, Mind and Behavior Synthesis Report

Climate, Mind and Behavior Sponsors




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Program Rationale
After interviewing leaders in the behavioral, including psychology and economics, neuro-, and social sciences, Clmate, Mind and Behavior has identified a need to support the integration of insights from these fields and use them to generate climate change solutions. Applying a behavioral lens to environmental policy and regulation helps make it more effective and consonant with the way human ‘wiring’ and behavior has evolved. By integrating the lessons of current behavioral and social sciences into policy and regulatory thinking, we are more likely to develop policies that would shift the behaviors affecting climate change and ecosystem loss, advance a clean energy economy and identify pathways that transform humans’ negative environmental impacts into sustainable lifestyle choices. CMB will help develop an intellectual and practical framework in which our economic, ecological and moral values are aligned, while striving for a world that acknowledges the rights of present and future occupants of this planet.



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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