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Elizabeth L. Hewitt

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Ph.D., Rutgers University

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Dr. Elizabeth Hewitt is an urban planner and social scientist, and her work rests at the intersection of technology and policy to explore human processes that impact energy and resilience in buildings and cities. She focuses most often at the scale of the urban multifamily or commercial building, and conceptualizes buildings as dynamic, socio-technical organizational systems. She conducts research on the many scales, influences, and actors within and outside of buildings that impact energy and resilience, such as occupant behavior in buildings (including habits, intentions, values, and social norms); decision making for resilience (at the building scale and the city scale); occupant interactions with smart building technologies; and organizational culture for energy and resilience (both within and across buildings and communities).

Dr. Hewitt received her PhD from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University, and her doctoral studies were funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT fellowship for interdisciplinary energy research. While at Rutgers, she conducted research at the Rutgers Center for Green Building on numerous NSF- and DOE-funded projects in commercial and multifamily residential buildings in New York City and Philadelphia. Before her time at Rutgers, she worked for a number of years as an urban planning practitioner, and has been involved with various policy and planning projects in New York City. From 2006-2010 she worked at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the largest business improvement district in North America, where she led the organization’s green building research and policy initiatives. She is LEED-accredited by the United States Green Building Council. Dr. Hewitt also holds a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the State University of New York, FIT.

Selected Publications:

Hewitt, E., Oberg, A., Coronado, C., and Andrews, C. (2019). Assessing “green” and “resilient” building features using a purposeful systems approach. Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 48. doi:  10.1016/j.scs.2019.101546.  

Boucher, J., Araujo, K., and Hewitt, E. (2018). New York State Energy Audits: A Socio-Spatial Analysis. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, 136 pp. 355-366. doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.05.009. 

Jordán-Cuebas, F., Krogmann, U., Andrews, C.J., Senick, J.S., Hewitt, E., Wener, R.E., Sorensen Allacci, M., and Plotnik, D.  (2018). Understanding apartment end-use water consumption in two green residential multi-story buildings. Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management, 144(4). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000911.

Hewitt, E. (2017). Organizational characteristics in residential rental buildings: Exploring the role of centralization in energy outcomes, Ch.10 in W. Leal Filho, R. Marans, J. Callewaert (Eds.), Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research, World Sustainability Series. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-67121-5. Chapter doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67122-2_10.

Hewitt, E., Andrews, C., Senick, J. Wener, R., Krogmann, U. and Sorensen-Allacci, M. (2016).  Distinguishing between green building occupants’ reasoned and unplanned behaviors . Building Research and Information. 44 (2) pp. 119-134. doi: 10.1080/09613218.2015.1015854 .   

Hewitt, E.  (2016). Book Review, “People Habitat – 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (F. K. Benfield).” Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER). Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0739456X16652203

(Under peer review) Hewitt, E. and Osman, M. (2019). Urban homeowners and energy efficiency: Insights from NYC cooperative buildings . Submitted to  Sustainable Cities and Society.

(Under peer review) Khansari, N. and Hewitt, E. (2019). Incorporating an agent-based decision tool to better understand occupant pathways to GHG reductions in buildings. Submitted to Cities.

Grants Currently Under Review:

(Under Review) Environmental Research and Education Fund (EREF), $195,256, Principal Investigator (with Co-PI David Tonjes), “The Influence of Social Norms on Recycling Behavior in Urban Multifamily Buildings.”

(Under Review) U.S. Department of Transportation, $705,397, Co-Principal Investigator (with PI Leila Hajibabai Dizaji), “National Center for Congestion Research and Education: Advancing Transportation Efficiency (CREATE).”

Office:  1411 Computer Science
Phone:  631-632-3241


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