November 18 | Tony Reames, University of Michigan
An Incandescent Truth: Spatial, Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Residential Energy Efficiency
About the Speaker: Tony G. Reames is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability. He directs the Urban Energy Justice Lab. He conducts research in the emerging field of energy justice, investigating fair and equitable access to affordable, reliable, efficient and clean energy, and seeks to understand the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic residential energy disparities. He has a PhD in public administration, a Masters in engineering management, and a BS in civil engineering. Dr. Reames is also a licensed professional engineer and US Army veteran.
About the Talk: The inability of households to afford adequate energy services, such as heating, is a major energy justice concern. Temporary utility bill assistance or improving residential energy efficiency remain the primary strategic interventions. However, program implementation often occurs in piecemeal, individual-based approaches, with little attention to the importance of place. This presentation focuses on the spatiality of distributional injustices in residential energy consumption and illustrates how disparities intersect with policy and pervasive residential segregation by race/ethnicity and class, common in many U.S. urban areas.