I am a behavioral economist who is excited and driven by topics related to water, energy and the environment. I currently work at the City of Fort Collins as the Water Conservation Manager.  My team provides education, information and incentives to help people do more with less.

I previously worked in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My research included:

  1. Improving the understanding of consumer behavior related to dynamic pricing, customer enabling technologies, and behavior-based programs
  2. Identifying “types” of customers most likely to participate and respond to utility programs
  3. Energy and water efficiency/conservation opportunities enabled by advanced metering and communications infrastructure in the water sector

My goal is to better understand the relationship we have with the environment and how economic tools can be used to improve that relationship. I aim to work with stakeholders to improve their understanding of these areas and ultimately to enhance engagement/education, improve water and energy efficiency, and reduce environmental impact.

I earned my PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. My graduate research focused on price and quantity salience in the context of water and energy: What drives household water and energy use? What price and quantity information do households have/use? I am interested in how the informational setting affects use, which then affects the environment. During my time in graduate school, I worked as an undergraduate instructor for the Department of Economics. I also hold a B.A. in Mathematics from Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Contact me at lhans@fcgov.comfind me on twitter , or let’s get LinkedIn!