Kelsea Dombrovski

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Personal Profile

Kelsea joined NREL in 2021 and is a Community Energy Researcher in the Communities and Urban Science Research Group. She is interested in stakeholder-environment relationships; impacts of siting energy technologies, such as renewable energy infrastructure; commercial-to-residential building retrofit solutions; greenspaces for climate change mitigation and adaptation; and buildings-agriculture topics, such as controlled environment agriculture.

Kelsea is a certified land use planner and social science researcher. She has experience completing plan review and impact analysis for a local planning department, focusing on commercial developments and energy proposals. She also has a background in social science research, with experience analyzing human-environment relationships, energy behaviors, and design-behavior feedback. At NREL she’s worked on a range of equity, engagement, and HVAC efforts, including developing guidance for increasing equity in field validations of new technologies, engaging Better Buildings Alliance members through webinars and approachable guides, and contributing to HVAC analysis projects. 

Research Interests

Green infrastructure for climate change resilience and adaptation

Urban planning design and policy for climate change mitigation

Municipal, community, and neighborhood sustainability and energy efficiency efforts

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Environmental Studies, Carleton College

Master, Community Development, University of California, Davis

Master, Environmental Planning and Policy, University of Michigan


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