The Climate Challenge – Things Are Heating Up
/ July 12, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Extreme weather—from heat waves to flash floods and severe droughts—is fast becoming the new normal.  The extremes are consistent with climate change models and, per NOAA scientists, consistent with a warming planet.  The New York Times summarized the NOAA findings: Heat waves, in particular, are probably being worsened by global warming, the scientists said. They…

Put A Positive Spin On It
/ May 3, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Colleagues sometimes call me a Pollyanna because I tend to see the glass as half full rather than half empty.  One of the things that I’ve learned from the behavioral literature, though, is that perspective matters—research confirms that we are influenced by expectations.  (And as an aside to those curmudgeon critics, studies also indicate having…

The Math Works: Simple Stuff Adds Up
/ April 12, 2012 0 COMMENTS

With record-breaking temperatures across the US this spring, there has been quite a bit of talk about climate change.  The part of the discussion that caught my attention had to do—of course—with behavior change.  I have seen several articles recently that disregard and even discourage individual actions, often noting that these small steps are not…

Be a Flexitarian and Improve Your Health and the Environment
/ March 8, 2012 0 COMMENTS

I am seeing a lot written about the increase in demand for meat.  But, there is evidence that Americans are eating less meat: The department of agriculture projects that our meat and poultry consumption will fall again this year, to about 12.2 percent less in 2012 than it was in 2007. Beef consumption has been…

The BECC Evolution
/ December 15, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Early this month several Cool Choices staff participated in the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference.  This was the fifth annual BECC conference, which is organized collaboratively by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), University of California, and the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC), Stanford…