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Notice of conference.

by on September 20, 2009

Doug posting for Paul.

Dear Dr. Ehrlich,

I was delighted to read about the Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior (MAHB) initiative in a letter from you that a colleague forwarded to me. As you said, human behavior is one of the main barriers to a more sustainable global future. We are seeing the same issue in the field in which I work – energy efficiency – so it is good to see someone start a global discussion on this topic.

I am writing to ask whether you would let relevant peers in the social sciences know about a somewhat smaller – but still very significant – opportunity to advance the real-world application of research on human behavior for the advancement of a more sustainable future.

One of the premiere conferences on energy efficiency dedicates a week-long panel to the human and social dimensions of energy choices. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy hosts the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Pacific Grove, CA, every other year. This event attracts some of the greatest minds in our field to discuss a wide range of research and efforts to move us all in a more energy efficient direction.

For the 2010 conference (August 15-20), we are reaching out to social scientists from outside the energy field as well so we can learn from their insights about human behavior and decision-making. I would welcome your assistance in letting colleagues in the social science fields know about this conference. I have copied the web address for the conference announcement and a brief description of the human and social dimensions panel below. Abstracts are due on October 23.

Link to conference page

Human and Social Dimensions of Energy Use:

Trends and Their Implications – Panel Leaders: Ingo Bensch, Energy Center of Wisconsin and Christopher Payne, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The exploration of the most complex component of energy-using systems: the people who design, create, acquire, and use energy-consuming devices; lessons from various disciplines to illuminate how to best understand and influence human choices that affect energy consumption with particular insights explicitly linked to theoretical frameworks of social science disciplines.

Thank you for your consideration.




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