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Abstract: In recent years, a variety of stakeholders have recognized the role
that energy efficiency can play in tackling energy, economic and climate change crises.
This recognition has evolved into a growing interest in understanding the necessary
elements for increasing energy savings and participation in energy efficiency programs.
This thesis explores recent interest in residential programs ... read morethat have "community"
elements. It analyzes two Massachusetts community efficiency programs to understand how
community energy efficiency programs are designed, developed, and implemented. Comparing
the programs highlights the complex components of community efficiency programs. Further,
such a comparison exposes the need for energy efficiency stakeholders to produce more
in-depth, detailed descriptions and program evaluations of community efficiency programs.
Lastly, this thesis argues that program partners need to be better prepared to address a
variety of challenges that often impede a community program from increasing program
participation and energy savings.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Robert Russell.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keywords: Energy, Urban Planning, and Public Policy and Social