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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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.
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.
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.