Academic journal article Human Ecology

Residential Energy Costs and Pollution: Cornell Housing Expert Heads New York State Program to Promote Energy Savings among Consumers and Builders

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Residential Energy Costs and Pollution: Cornell Housing Expert Heads New York State Program to Promote Energy Savings among Consumers and Builders

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HOUSING AND ENERGY expert Joseph Laquatra, professor of design and environmental analysis in the College of Human Ecology, has been named to head a New York State program to promote energy-saving incentives for homeowners, landlords, and builders. The Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency, a one-year project associated with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will provide education about the multitude of ways to cave energy--and money--in the home and to take advantage of incentives to reduce energy use. The program, funded through a New York Energy $mart award of $155,000, is managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Working with Mark Pierce, an extension associate in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Laquatra will provide training and develop materials for 23 Cornell Cooperative Extension educators. All are consulting in New York State and New York City and are eligible for NYSERDA mini-grants to fund outreach and educational activities in their areas.

"NYSERDA has almost a dozen residential programs that can benefit homeowners and builders with ways to reduce energy costs," says Laquatra. …

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