Improving the energy efficiency of residential rental properties has been a priority of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. However, traditional educational programming has had limited effectiveness due to a split incentive dynamic between landlords and tenants relative to property upgrades. We demonstrate that college students have broad interest in but limited knowledge of energy efficiency and are willing to pay a premium for relevant improvements. Our findings indicate that there is strong potential for Extension professionals to engage off-campus housing offices, students, and landlords in the development of modified leases and to facilitate educational programming that specifically addresses rental housing energy efficiency.
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Harvey, C. P., Kuang, J., Rhodes, A., & Posman, K. M. (2016). Drawing On College Student Attitudes and Behaviors to Instigate Energy Efficiency Improvements in Rental Housing. The Journal of Extension, 54(3), Article 18. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.54.03.18