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Energy Savings & GHG Reductions through behavior change programs Pawar, Monish


Behavior Change Program has been one of the most powerful tools to achieve significant energy savings in any organisation or institution. To meet the goals of Climate Action Plan 2020, UBC has defined potential areas for implementation of behavior change programs as one of the initiatives that would deepen the sustainability culture on campus. To develop an effective behavior change program, creating an energy model that would unravel GHG reductions as well as associated energy savings was the first step to march ahead in this direction. Hence, regular weekly meetings have been conducted from February-2016 to May-2016 with all the stake holders of the project in order to come up with a model that would act as a guide while forming a strategy for campus wide behavior change programs. Student Residences, Offices and Labs are the primary locations where this study was targeted. Members of SEEDS, Sustainability & Engineering, Green Labs, Building Engineers, Risk Management Services (RMS) and Energy & Water Services (EWS) have been kind enough to co-operate and provide necessary data/information for the advancement of this energy model at various stages. Detailed Recommendations are given at the end of every section of the report that would assist in aligning the planning and implementation of the behavior change program in near future. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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