D+EA’s primary extension and outreach programs include the generation of materials in support of community needs. Cooperative and other extension programs include: 


Faculty from D+EA have generated materials that can be accessed by the community. In a recent project, Rana Zadeh and D+EA post-doc Hessam Sadatsafavi initiated a two-part study to monitor and improve sleep for individuals during end-of-life. Cornell students and researchers completed a literature review, then conducted interviews and focus groups with palliative care facilities across New York State. As a result, researchers developed an extension program for care providers on the impact of sleep. 

Intypes Research and Teaching Project 

Intypes, initiated in 1997 at Cornell University, creates a typology of contemporary interior design practices that are derived from reiterative historical designs that span time, style and cross-cultural boundaries. The project produces a new knowledge base from practice-led research by creating the first typology of contemporary design practices that are derived from historical sequences. The research identifies design traits that have not been named, generates a design-specific vocabulary and publishes a digital database of interior architectural photographs. Between 2007and 2010, it was awarded two Cornell Faculty Innovation in Teaching Grants. In 2009, a free and open website was developed. New knowledge is visualized in 85 icons and over 500 photographs. (See: https://intypes.cornell.edu/education.cfm.) 

Retirees in Service to the Environment (RISE) 

Nancy Wells served as a principal investigator for this project, helping to test and create a manual for the program—an environmental education program for older adults. 

School Gardens Research 

As an Extension project, Nancy Wells’ school garden study involved county Extension educators in nutrition, youth development, and horticulture in approximately 30 counties in four states. Extension educators implemented the gardens, collected data, and delivered garden-based lessons in elementary schools in Washington, Iowa, Arkansas, and New York. Additionally, several Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) interns assisted with the research from 2011- 2013. 

Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) Program Work Team (PWT) 

Joseph Laquatra (professor emeritus) co-chaired CCE’s FERM Program work team. FERM is a statewide effort through Cornell Cooperative Extension to improve financial well-being for individuals in New York State. 

Child Care Councils 

Lorraine Maxwell has worked with numerous Extension offices and child care councils in New York State, providing workshops on the development and design of child care facilities.

Youth, Nature, and Outdoor Environment (YNOE) PWT Program Work Team (PWT) 

Nancy Wells serves on CCE’s Youth, Nature, and Outdoor Environment Program Work Team. YNOE links 4-H Natural Resources with Cornell curriculum and research to be applied to environmental education programs. 

National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network 

CCE and D+EA partnered with the New York State Department of Health to provide information on residential energy efficiency and carbon emissions to limited-resource households throughout New York State. Joseph Laquatra provided training to Extension educators, county and city health department personnel, and other public health officials. This program was funded by a competitive grant from Smith-Lever. 

Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency 

Joseph Laquatra directed the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency (CEPREE) for 13 years. CEPREE was a CCE program funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and it provided over 6,000 workshops in New York State from 2003-2016, reaching nearly 75,000 residents. 

Golden Opportunities Workshops 

Gary Evans has held workshops for Head Start families across New York State, Golden Opportunities workshops for retired teachers in the Ithaca School District, and in-service workshops for the Madison County Head Start program. 

Tompkins County Action 

This is the county’s anti-poverty agency, which administers Head Start, affordable as well as emergency housing, food pantries, energy assistance programs and other federal and state programs targeted to low-income families. Evans is on the Board of Directors for Tompkins County Action.