Rare’s BE.Center Announces BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution

Interactive Virtual Summit and Awards Presentation Brings Together Leading Environmentalists, Behavioral Scientists, Activists, Artists and More

July 14, 2021

Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment (BE.Center) is proud to announce BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution, an interactive virtual summit taking place September 21-23, 2021, which will address water pollution through the lens of human behaviors. Across the three days, a wide range of notable environmental leaders, artists, youth advocates, social justice activists and behavioral scientists will showcase and explore how behavioral insights can help reduce water pollution, address environmental inequalities, and provide a path to protecting our world’s most valuable resource. The summit will culminate with an awards presentation event announcing the two grand prize winners of the Solution Search: Water Pollution & Behavior Change contest.

“People everywhere rely on clean water, yet human behavior drives pollution that threatens nearly every body of water on earth,” says Kevin Green, Vice President of the BE.Center. “BE.Hive will bring together people from diverse backgrounds and professions to explore how our understanding of human behavior might lead to breakthrough solutions for reducing water pollution.”

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mustafa Santiago Ali, Activist and Environmental Justice Expert
  • Dee Caffari, Sailor and Ocean Advocate
  • Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Universidad de los Andes
  • Meera Dasgupta, 2020 Youth Poet Laureate of the United States
  • Paul Ferraro, Johns Hopkins University
  • Kevin Green, Center for Behavior & the Environment, Rare
  • Donald Houessou, ACED – Benin
  • Jenna Jambeck, National Geographic Fellow and Marine Debris and Plastic Waste Expert, University of Georgia
  • Leidy Klotz, University of Virginia
  • Kent Messer, University of Delaware
  • Katy Milkman, University of Pennsylvania
  • John Pickering, Evidn
  • Lucia Reisch, Copenhagen Business School
  • Jordan Sanchez, Poet and Student, Harvard University
  • Jamilla Sealy, Youth Seat, Steering Committee, Global Water Partnership
  • Ganga Shreedhar, London School of Economics
  • Brent Suter, Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball
  • Dani Washington, TV Host and Science Communicator
  • Jiaying Zhao, University of British Columbia

This will be the BE.Center’s third BE.Hive summit. In March 2019, the BE.Center hosted BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change at National Geographic in Washington, DC, followed by BE.Hive on Campus at Dickinson College in October 2019. Both events focused on behavioral solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Rare is providing accessibility for people around the world to participate in the summit by offering simultaneous language translation and sessions across numerous international time zones. Additionally, the week prior to BE.Hive, Rare will host a virtual Behavior-Centered Design Challenge. Teams will design a solution to a real-world water pollution challenge, with the top teams earning the chance to pitch their ideas on the virtual global stage.

To learn more about BE.Hive and to register for the multi-day event, please visit here.

Rare drives social change for people and the planet. With a people-centered approach rooted in behavioral science and design thinking, Rare has inspired and empowered millions of people in over 60 countries around the world to shift their behaviors and practices so both people and nature thrive.

An initiative facilitated by Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment (BE.Center), Solution Search surfaces, spotlights, and accelerates existing solutions that use behavioral science to help solve the world’s most challenging environmental issues. Since its inception in 2011, Solution Search has surfaced 886 solutions from 132 countries across all contests. Water Pollution & Behavior Change marks the sixth Solution Search contest. Previous contests included Climate Change Needs Behavior Change, Farming for Biodiversity, Reducing Our Risk, Adapting to a Changing Environment, and Turning the Tide for Coastal Fisheries. More information at solutionsearch.org.

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