Understanding Views about Energy Technologies and Energy Conservation

Several projects examine public views toward energy conservation and different energy technologies. Some of this research involves collaboration with faculty and staff at Cornell, which seeks to reach its carbon neutrality “net zero” goal by 2035. This work has involved investigating attitudes and behaviors of Cornell faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students toward energy conservation on campus, as well as community members’ attitudes toward different strategies Cornell could use to reach carbon neutrality, which might have community impacts. Other research examines public views about the acceptability of trade-offs associated with renewable energy technologies.

Selected publications  and  presentations

2019 SRA Annual Meeting

2019 SRA Annual Meeting

  • Lambert, C.E., McComas, K.A., & Anderson, S.K. (2019, December). Public attitudes about energy transitions and enhanced geothermal heating: the influence of place meaning, identity, and attachment. Presented at the Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Crystal City, VA.
  • Lu, H, Song, H, & McComas, KA. (2019, December). Seeking information about enhanced geothermal systems: The role of systematic processing and information exchanging intention. Presented at the Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Crystal City, VA.
  • Song, H., Lu, H., & McComas, K.A. (2019, December). The role of fairness in early characterization of new technologies: Effects on risk beliefs and selective exposure. Presented at the Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Crystal City, VA.
  • Abrahamse, W., Darby , S., & McComas, K. A. (2018). Communication Is Key: How to Discuss Energy and Environmental Issues with Consumers. IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. 16:29-34.
  • McComas, K. A., Lu, H., Keranen, K., Furtney, M., & Song, H. (2016). Public perceptions and acceptance of induced earthquakes related to energy development. Energy Policy, 99, 27-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.09.026
  • Dixon, G., Deline, M., McComas, K. A., Chambliss, L., & Hoffmann, M. P. (2015). Saving Energy at the Workplace: The Salience of Behavioral Antecedents and Sense of Community. Energy Research & Social Science, 6,121 – 127.
  • Hart, P., Stedman, R. C., & McComas, K. A. (2015). How physical proximity of climate mitigation projects influences the relationship between affect and public support. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 43,196 – 202. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.07.003
  • Besley, J., & McComas, K. (2014). Something old and something new: Comparing views about nanotechnology and nuclear energy. Journal of Risk Research  DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2014.896397
  • Dixon, G., McComas, K., Deline, M., Chambliss, L, & Hoffman, M. (2014). The use of comparative feedback to influence workplace energy conservation. Environment and Behavior (online first Jan. 27, 2014) DOI: 10.1177/0013916513520417
  • McComas, K., Stedman, R., & Hart, P. (2011). Community support for campus sustainability: The role of town-gown relationships. Energy Policy, 39, 2310 –