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The focus of this year’s BECC conference is on driving transformation—new ideas, new policies, new methods of changing behavior towards mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. 

BECC invites you to share your work and learn from others. How can we pivot from business-as-usual to strategic changes in behavior that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions? How do we manage the urgent shift in both individual and organizational behavioral change? How do these deliberate disruptions affect how we evaluate behavior-change programs? How can we drive positive transitions in fair and equitable ways? These questions will guide our in-person conference in Sacramento, California this year.

BECC participants and presenters represent a variety of backgrounds and communities (research, academia, business, consultants, utilities, government, and the nonprofit sector). BECC strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our conference content, attendees, and speakers. 


Individual presentation

  • Individual speaker, Regular Session (~12 min presentation as part of session with other speakers)
  • Individual speaker, Lightning session (~7 min presentation as part of session with other speakers)
  • Poster

Session (1-1.5 hour)

  • Symposium (~3 speakers on related topic)
  • Panel discussion (~3 panelists with moderated discussion)


  • Solutions session (interactive session with leader(s))

  • Interview or Debate (primary speaker(s) with moderator/interviewee)

  • Other (suggest something different!)

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of experts on the following criteria:

  • Is the submission description well-written and of high quality?
  • Is the topic new and original?
  • Will the topic be interesting to a general audience or more niche?
  • How much focus is on behavior?
  • Does the work reflect practical significance or impact?
  • Does the topic address equity or underserved populations?
  • Does the submission include diverse speakers/panelists?

If your abstract is accepted, the primary speaker will be required at that time to register for the full conference in order to confirm your participation. You will receive additional registration instructions after the submission is approved.

Topic Areas

We seek new, innovative research and applied work on this theme and any of our eight major topic areas or combination thereof.

  • Commercial and Industrial Programs 
  • Residential Programs 

  • Sustainability Programs and Strategies 

  • Program Design 

  • Evaluation 

  • Resilience and Adaptation 
  • Models and Metrics 
  • Equity; Underserved and Disadvantaged Populations 
  • Social Movements and Culture Change

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

  • Market Transformation

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

  • Marketing and Communications

  • Circular Economy 
  • Food-Water-Waste Nexus 

  • Consumption-Based Inventories 

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Technology and Innovation 
  • Renewables 

  • Electrification 

  • New Mobility 
  • EV Adoption 

  • Transportation Demand Management