The FEWCON project seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through conservation of household-scale direct and indirect energy use. The focal point being on food and water emissions.

About the FEWCON Project

Since Fall of 2016, Chelsea Schelly has been working with an amazing group of collaborators on a National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water (NSF INFEWS) “Reducing Household Food, Energy, and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation” funded interdisciplinary research project.

The project involves an ambitious blend of:

1) modeling for current and future potential scenarios in food, energy, and water consumption conducted by a team of engineering scientists,

2) an iterative feedback between social science research, including role playing scenarios, surveys, interviews, and a household intervention study, to inform and refine that model,

3) development of a innovative “household metabolism tracker” by a team of computer scientists used to track consumption and communicate impacts via the household intervention study.


Read more about this project in the following publications

Ahamed, S., Schelly, C., Floress, K., Lytle, W., Caggiano, H., Cuite, C., Wallace, C., Cook, R., Jarvis, R., Shwom, R., Watkins, D. (2023) Being Able to Work Has Kept Our Life Fairly Constant:” Reconciling Social Practice Models to Assess the Impact of (Infra)Structural Inequities on Household Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability 3(1): 015012

Caggiano, Holly B., Ahamed, S., Lytle, W.*, Schelly, C., Floress, K., Cuite, C., Shwom, R. (2023) Green Roles at Home: Exploring the Impact of Household Social Dynamic Processes on Consumption at the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Kumar, P.*, Caggiano, H.* Cuite, C., Andrews, C., Felder, F., Shwom, R., Floress, K., Ahamed, S., Schelly, C. (2022). Behaving or not? Explaining energy conservation via identity, values, and awareness in U.S. suburban homes. Energy Research and Social Sciences 92

Floress, K., Showm, K., Caggiano, Holy., Slattery, J., Cuite, C.,Schelly, C., Halvorsen, K.E., Lytle W. (2022). Habitual food, energy, and water consumption behaviours among adults in the United States: Comparing models of values, norms, and identityEnergy Research and Social Science, Vol 85

Lytle, W., Schelly, C., Floress, K., Shwom, R., Halvorsen, K. E. (2021) Environmental Decision Making Shaped by the Home:  Situating Consumption in the Household Context. Human Ecology Review, Vol 26

Watkins, D., Shwom, R., Schelly, C., Agusdinata, D., Floress, K., Halvorsen, K.E. (2019). Household Conservation and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
In Halvorsen, K.E., Schelly, C., Handler, R., Pishcke, E., and Knowlton, J. (2019) Eds. A Research Agenda for Environmental Management. Elgar Research Agendas.