Mark Pierce
Extension Associate

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Current Activities

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

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


Biographical Statement

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.

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

Energy Efficiency Information

Housing and Home Environment News

Housing Fact Sheets

Residential Construction Waste Management

Selected Publications

Pierce, 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.

 Pierce, 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.

Pierce, Mark.  Portable Electric Heaters – Can They Reduce Annual Home Heating Costs?  DEA Extension Newsletter, Housing and Home Environment News, Fall, 2009.

Laquatra, 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.

Laquatra, J. and M. Pierce.  Taking construction site waste management to the next level.  Journal of Green Building. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2009.  College Publishing.