Current Professional Activities Member Housing Education and Research Association
Member Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State
Member Residential Energy Services Network
Member Family and Consumer Sciences Education Asso0ciation
Current Research Activities
Continue to work with Professor Joseph Laquatra and Professor Lorraine Maxwll on the Healthy Living and Learning Environments project:
Residential Construction Waste Management. Explores strategies that homebuilders and entrepreneurs can use to market waste wood generated during the construction process.
Current Extension Activities Project Manager for the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency. Cooperative Extension Associations form 32 counties participate in this project which works to educate New Yorkers about residential energy efficiency issues.
Support county Extension Educators in their outreach efforts to improve the health, safety and well being of individuals and families by providing specific research based information to each county Extension Educator that requests it.
Provide educational presentations to a variety of audiences on health and energy issues related to the built environment
Write Fact Sheets, articles and press releases on energy efficiency and indoor air quality issues and publish in print media outlets across N.Y. State
Keep College of Human Ecology and Cornell Cooperative Extension web-sites up-dated and current
Prepare education exhibits on residential energy efficiency issues and make available to Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations across N.Y. State
A major emphasis of my current outreach work focuses on energy efficiency issues in residential buildings. Working closely with Extension Professor Joseph Laquatra, we are starting the sixth year of the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency. This program, a joint project of the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, 32 Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations, and New York State Research and Development Authority, educates New Yorkers in ways to make their homes more energy efficient and reduce home energy-related costs.
I also work closely with Professor Joseph Laquatra and Professor Lorraine Maxwell to develop and implement educational programs based on the Healthy Living and Learning Environments research project.
In addition to work in these two specific areas I spend significant amounts of time on outreach efforts directed at Extension Associations, professional groups and citizens throughout New York State on a variety of issues related to the built environment.
Education M.S. Cornell University: College of Human Ecology, Ithaca New York Department of Design & Environmental Analysis Major: Human-Environment Relations, Minor: Education Concentration: Housing. Thesis: Environmental & Economic Impacts of Residential Building Product, Construction Method, Design, and House Size Choices
B.S. State University of New York: Regents College, Albany, New Major: Liberal Arts Concentrations: Economics; Communications
A.S. State University of New York: Morrisville Agricultural and Technical College Morrisville, New York Major: Natural Resources Conservation
Courses, Websites, Pubs
Related Websites Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency http://www.human.cornell.edu/che/DEA/outreach/consumer-education-program-for-residential-energy-efficiency.cfm
Energy Efficiency Information http://www.human.cornell.edu/che/DEA/outreach/energy-efficiency-information.cfm
Housing and Home Environment News http://www.human.cornell.edu/che/DEA/outreach/housing-and-home-environment-news.cfm
Residential Construction Waste Management http://www.human.cornell.edu/che/DEA/outreach/sustainable-design.cfm
Mark.The Regional Greenhouse Gas Imitative and the Debate over Cap and Trade
versus A Carbon Tax. DEA Extension Newsletter, Housing and Home
Environment News, Spring, 2009.
Mark.Five Steps for Reducing the Amount of Electricity you use in Your
Home.Written for publication in Cornell
Cooperative Extension Association Newsletters across New York State.November. 2009.
Mark.Portable Electric Heaters – Can They Reduce Annual Home Heating
Costs?DEA Extension Newsletter, Housing
and Home Environment News, Fall, 2009.
J.; M. Pierce; N. Helmholdt. The consumer education program for
residential energy efficiency. Journal
of Extension. Vol. 47, No. 6, December 2009. Extension Journal, Inc.
J. and M. Pierce.Taking construction site waste management to the next level.Journal of Green Building. Vol. 4, No.
4, 2009.College Publishing.