Joseph Laquatra

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities



Current Research Activities
Research focus is on housing sustainability, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, affordability, and residential sprawl.

Ongoing projects:

Principal Investigator, Sprawl and Residential Preferences: Investigating and Building Educational Strategies on New Understandings of Land Use. Funding source: Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Principal Investigator, Residential Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality.
Principal Investigator, Lead in Christmas Lights.

Current Extension Activities

Extension/Outreach focus is on practical applications of research focus.

Ongoing projects:


Biographical Statement
Joseph Laquatra, Ph.D., Professor, focuses his teaching and research efforts on sustainable aspects of housing with emphases on residential energy efficiency, indoor air quality, construction site waste management, and residential sprawl. As an Extension Housing Specialist, Joe develops and implements educational programs on these and other topics through the statewide network of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). One of these, the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency, currently engages 32 Local Associations of CCE. He has conducted educational programs for home builders in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He has also taught builders, engineers, architects, and government officials in Poland, Russia, and Japan. Joe is a past President of the Housing Education and Research Association and a past chair of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers.  He is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators (11th edition, 2006-07), Who's Who in America (2008 and 2009), and Who's Who in the World (2009).

  • Ph.D. 1984 - Cornell University
    Consumer Economics and Housing
  • M.S. 1981 - Cornell University
    Consumer Economics and Housing
  • B.S. 1974 - Cornell University
    Hotel Administration

  • Administrative Responsibilities
    Department Extension Leader, DEA
    Member, University Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Status of the Faculty (term completed June 2008)
    Participant, Cornell Alumni Federation Speaker Series Program
    Faculty Representative, Human Ecology Alumni Association
    Lead Co-Chair, Healthy Living and Learning Environments Program Work Team
    Lead Co-Chair, Family Economic Resource Management Program Work Team

    Courses, Websites, Pubs

    Related Websites'Tis_the_Season_to_Beware_of_Lead_in_Christmas_Lights

    Selected Publications
    Laquatra, J.; Coyne, L.; Pierce, M. (2008). Lead in Christmas lights. Journal of Environmental Health, 71 (5): 8-11.

    Laquatra, J.; Pillai, G.; Singh, A.; Syal, M. (2008). Green and healthy housing. Journal of Architectural Engineering, 14 (4): 94-97.