Recent investments in clean energy R&D have led to remarkable innovations in clean energy technology. These innovations hold the promise of slowing and perhaps even reversing decades of anthropogenic climate change.

But in order to fully realize the promise of clean energy innovation, we also need policy innovation: social and behavioral science R&D aimed at finding interventions, programs, and policies that effectively mobilize decision makers to act in climate-protective ways.

Join us for an important conversation with leading social and behavioral scientists and climate thought leaders to discuss:

  • what we know about potentially scalable interventions to increase climate-protective behaviors;
  • the potential return on investment from expanding this knowledge base;
  • how we might better connect social and behavioral scientists with climate policy makers.

The half-day event will take place Friday, June 9, 2023 from 9am to 2pm ET at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Headquarters, 420 5th Avenue, New York, NY.


8:30 - 9:00 AM
Light breakfast available
9:00 - 9:15 AM
Anna Harvey
President, Social Science Research Council
Elizabeth Yee
Executive Vice President, Programs, The Rockefeller Foundation
9:15 - 10:15 AM
Panel 1
Karen Palmer
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
Casey Wichman
Assistant Professor of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Moderated by Camille Gamboa, Sage
10:15 - 11:15 AM
Panel 2
Erica Myers
Associate Professor of Economics and Canada Research Chair in Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics, University of Calgary
Andrew Hoffman
Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
Moderated by Beth Daley, The Conversation
11:15 - 12:30 PM
Panel 3
Michael Greenstone
Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, University of Chicago
John List
Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
Moderated by Anna Harvey, Social Science Research Council
12:30 - 1:00 PM
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Feedback Session


Elizabeth Yee
The Rockefeller Foundation
Andrew Hoffman
University of Michigan
Michael Greenstone
University of Chicago
John A. List
University of Chicago
Erica Myers
University of Calgary
Karen Palmer
Resources for the Future
Casey Wichman
Georgia Institute of Technology


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Testing: COVID testing is optional for staff and visitors. However, we strongly encourage testing, especially for large group gatherings, if you have recently recovered from COVID-19, or if you have been considered a close contact with someone at home or in the office. Self-administered test kits are available at our reception desk. If you do plan on testing upon arrival, please budget 20 minutes for the test and results.

Masking: The Rockefeller Foundation is a mask-friendly organization. We do not require masks to be worn on our premises; however, if needed masks are available at reception. If you feel unwell or are not able to comply with our community’s health and safety precautions, we ask that you please refrain from visiting the Foundation.

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