Because research activity is a small part of my position, I aim to maximize opportunities to connect my scholarship with my teaching and service activity in a way that aligns with my professional experience. Focusing my scholarship on societal aspects of sustainability allows me to explore the environmental justice and stakeholder engagement topics I weave into my courses.
Some of my recent scholarship includes:
- A confirmation of the existence of rural environmental justice concerns, by looking through the lens of the locations of 165 prisons in 10 US states (Saxe, 2022; link to accepted manuscript)
- An argument for alignment of correctional vocational education with the needs of the renewable energy sector (Saxe et al., 2021; link to accepted manuscript)
- An analysis of the impact of considering environmental justice (using US EPA EJSCREEN indicators) in siting of solar biochar production facilities (Saxe et al., 2019; link to accepted manuscript)
- A chapter exploring approaches to improving communication around residential energy efficiency (EE), particularly for renters in urban areas for the financial and climate benefits of EE (Saxe, 2021)
- A report for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) compiling alternate uses for scrap tires (in conjunction with an undergraduate DENIN Scholar) and proposing ecoindustrial parks focused on scrap tire recovery
- An ASEE paper (Saxe, 2021) describing a course developed to foster effective, empathetic communication by civil and environmental engineers, a need identified in ASCE’s Third Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK3). This work was presented at the Spring 2021 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference (begin at the 19-minute mark).
In addition to communicating my scholarship in writing, I enjoy reaching people through presentations, especially when the topic is communication. I spoke with the MIT Water Policy Club in April 2021 about the importance of effective communication to develop a shared understanding of water issues.