Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program Name

Environmental Policy and Management

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Elizabeth D'Andrea


The pressure that Americans and businesses feel to ‘go green’ and live sustainably has grown over the last 50 years. Political movements, treaties between countries and the media have highlighted the need for Developed Countries to curb their use of fossil fuels; reduce, reuse, and recycle more; drive more efficient vehicles; manage their land more sustainably; consume more environmentally friendly products; and eat in a more sustainable fashion. This mounting pressure has steered residential owners toward the purchase of more energy efficient and natural products for their homes. The main issue is whether or not the average American household can afford all of the technologies and methods that are available at this point in time. The cost to implement all key energy efficient measures within the average American household appears to be out of most households reach and financial capabilities. It will be up to the average American to pay more for environmentally-friendly products, as well as use what little savings they can gather to invest into sustainable technologies within their home. Most Americans will find this very difficult to do-- choices will need to be made about technologies that offer the biggest effects and positive payout in the end.



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