Hilay Boudet, Oregon State University.

OSU Researcher Receives $1 Million NSF Energy Grant

Hilary Boudet, assistant professor of sociology with Oregon State University, received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to expand research, and teach people to reduce energy and utilize technology to track conservation efforts.

The “Smart and Connected Kids for Sustainable Energy Communities” program works with families in Fremont, California to use technology, such as smart electrical meters and smart phone apps, to monitor energy use.

“This project combines child- and youth-targeted interventions with data on energy behavior using the latest in ‘smart’ technology to monitor daily household energy use,” Boudet said. “Children are a critical constituency for energy-saving programs. When they adopt energy-saving behaviors at an early age, they are more likely to continue those behaviors as they grow up and move into adulthood.”

Read more on Boudet’s website.