Tony G. Reames

Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Chapter Member: Michigan SSN
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About Tony

​Reames is an engineering and public administration scholar conducting research in the emerging field of energy justice, which investigates fair and equitable access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy. His research employs energy analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and policy analysis tools to study disparities in urban residential energy dynamics focusing on the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic inequality. He has collaborative research projects with national labs, community action agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and other community-based nonprofit organizations

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In the News

"Why Low-Income Households Need to be Part of the Clean Energy Revolution," Tony G. Reames, Interview with Katherine Bagley, Yale Environment 360, May 16, 2019.
Guest to discuss neighborhood climate justice on WCBN-FM Ann Arbor's It's Hot in Here, Tony G. Reames, October 23, 2015.


"Public Participation and Environmental Justice: Access to Federal Decision-Making" (with Dorothy Daley), in Failed Promises: Evaluating the Federal Government’s Response to Environmental Justice, edited by David Konisky (MIT Press, 2015), 143-172.

Documents the Federal Government’s efforts to employ meaningful public participation in the environmental decision-making process, particularly as it pertains to environmental justice communities.

"Targeting Energy Justice: Exploring Spatial, Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Urban Residential Heating Energy Efficiency" Energy Policy 97 (2016): 549-558.

Develops model to estimate and map spatial patterns of heating energy efficiency and shows uneven urban patterns that are highly associated with racial and income segregation, and socioeconomic status.

"A Community-based Approach to Low-income Residential Energy Efficiency Participation Barriers" Local Environment 21, no. 12 (2016).

Presents a case study exploring a community-based approach to scaling Weatherization Assistance Program-funded energy efficiency retrofits in five urban, low-income, majority African-American neighborhoods in Kansas City’s Green Impact Zone. The study finds that local context is important to how energy efficiency program participation barriers manifest and are overcome.