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This research evaluates the effectiveness of residential energy reduction programs aimed at cost effective, collective action. One of these energy reduction programs is, an online game developed by the University of Dayton that aims to connect neighbors and allow them to compete against one another. The guiding question behind the research addresses how to reduce energy consumption in a community. My research presumes that effective community engagement is a central factor in achieving success and evaluates a variety of energy reduction programs based on certain criteria. The chosen criteria assess the programs’ effectiveness by focusing on different means of engaging the community. Results of this evaluation indicate the most successful programs at community engagement and opportunities for improvement.

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Kevin Hallinan

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Physics


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