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BW+10: The Tenth Anniversary of the Behavioral Wedge

Thursday, February 28, 2019,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

event posterPlease join the Energy, Environment & Land Use Program, the Climate Change Research Network, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment for the BW+10 Workshop celebrating the tenth anniversary of the behavioral wedge. This event is free and open to the public. Breakfast will be provided to panelists only. Lunch will be served to panelists and to the first 50 attendees.

A complete agenda can be found here.

Workshop objectives:

Assess developments regarding the technical potential of the household sector since the publication of the behavioral wedge paper in 2009.

  • What changes have occurred in total US household greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What new insights have emerged about the types and amounts of household emissions?

Assess developments regarding the behavioral plasticity of household actions.

  • What new behavioral and social science insights have emerged about individuals and households since 2009?
  • What are the most promising new research areas?

Examine the emissions reduction potential of household actions that were not included in the behavioral wedge analysis.

  • Which additional direct actions have the potential to yield major emissions reductions?
  • Which indirect actions could do so?

Examine the initiative feasibility of behavioral wedge actions.

  • What public or private governance initiatives (including initiatives by for-profit and not-for-profit organizations) have targeted households?
  • What are the state-of-the-art techniques for assessing the feasibility of public and private initiatives?
  • What more can be done to stimulate feasible carbon mitigation initiatives that target households?

Examine the opportunity for an interdisciplinary effort to identify a private sector wedge – the reasonably achievable emissions reductions over the next decade from private initiatives that target emissions not just from households, but also from corporations, religious organizations, civic and cultural organizations, and other private sector actors. 

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.