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M. Jennison Kipp Searcy
Resource Economist
Program for Resource Efficient Communities

Since 2006, Jennison has been a resource economist with the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities. She specializes in energy and water efficiency in Florida’s residential built environment, and has co-authored numerous studies measuring and verifying energy savings from utility-sponsored efficiency incentives and green building certification programs. She was a contributor to the state-sponsored 2012 evaluation of the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act and 2015 assessment of efficiency opportunities in Florida’s multifamily housing sector. With partners from UF’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, she is currently investigating the unit-level energy consumption, tenant characteristics, and housing cost burdens of Florida’s affordable housing stock—a project sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of their How Housing Matters initiative. In her role at UF, Jennison also coordinates the statewide Sustainable FloridiansSM program. She is a Class VIII Fellow of the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute, served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, holds graduate degrees in applied economics and environmental pollution control from Penn State University, and is an Allegheny College Gator. Outside of her “day job”, Jennison is Mom to two energetic fourth-generation Floridians, who inspire her every day to work toward a more resource-efficient, healthy, and prosperous future.

Jennison's experience and research interests include:
Low Impact Development Concepts and Practice
Water Quality and Conservation
Climate Change and Development Impacts
Non-market Valuation of Ecosystem Services
Consumer Behavior and Decision-Making