Sarah D. Kirby

Sarah D. Kirby

PhD Professor and Extension Specialist, Department Extension Leader 919-515-9154

Areas of Expertise

  • Residential Energy Management
  • Healthy Homes
  • Accessible Housing
  • Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery


Dr. Kirby is a Professor, Housing Specialist and Department Extension Leader in the Department of  Youth, Family, and Community Sciences. She is the project Director for the E-Conservation Consumer Energy Education program that teaches consumers to reduce home energy consumption and save money through no-and low-cost energy efficiency measures, behavioral changes and home retrofits. She is the State Coordinator for the Healthy Homes Partnership which focuses on improving the health and safety of children and their caregivers in homes by reducing housing hazards that cause injury and disease. Dr. Kirby is also actively involved in educational programs related to preparation, response and recovery after natural disasters. Dr. Kirby is a member of the FYD graduate faculty. She currently teaches FYD 540, Environmental Influences on the Family and the Graduate Student Orientation Seminar for the Family Life and Youth Development Master’s Degree Program.



Programs and Initiatives

  • E-Conservation Residential Energy Management Program
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Healthy Homes

Selected Publications

  • Langham, L., Singh, A., Kirby, S., Parvanta, S., Ziemian, M., & Coleman, D. (2016). Increasing the effectiveness of residential energy efficiency programs. In B.G. Southwell, E.M.B. Dorna, & L.S. Richman, (Eds). / Innovations in home energy use: A sourcebook for behavior change/. (pp. 1-22). RTI Press: RTP, NC.
  • Kirby, S.D., Guin, A.H., & Chilcote, A.G. (2015). Creating the next generation of residential energy stewards using the energy transformation curriculum. /Housing and Society, /42(3), pp. 250-258.
  • Kirby, S.D. Guin, A.H., & Langham, L. (2015). Energy education incentives: Evaluating the impact of consumer energy kits. /Journal of Extension, /53(1), (link)
  • Kirby, S.D., Guin, A.H. & Langham, L. (in press). Energy education incentives: Evaluating the impact of consumer energy kits. Journal of Extension.
  • Kirby, S.D., Guin, A.H., Langham, L., & Chilcote, A. (2014). Exploring the impact of the e-conservation residential energy audit program. Housing and Society, 41(1), 71-88.
  • Kirby, S.D. & Chilcote, A.G. (2014). Energy transformation: Teaching youth about energy efficiency and conservation while meeting essential standards. Journal of Extension. Journal of Extension, 52(1), (link)
  • Chapman, B., Kirby, S.D. & Levine, K. (2014). Lessons learned from distance workforce training applications: Examples from cooperative extension. In S. Hai-Jew (Ed.) Remote workforce training: Effective technologies and strategies. (pp.150-168). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Guin, A. & Kirby, S.D. (2013). Residential energy conservation and consumers. Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 18(2), (link)
  • Kirby, S.D., Goldschmidt, M. & Pedersen, C. & Langham, L. (2013). eXtension’s home energy community of practice: Providing residential energy education for consumers. Housing and Society, 40(1), 111-122.
  • Kirby, S.D. (2012). Shared group housing. In A.T. Carswell (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition. ISBN-10: 1412989574 |ISBN 13: 978-1412989572.
  • Kirby, S.D. & Sellers, D. (2012). The livability house: a collaborative adventure in discovery learning. In S. Hai-Jew (Ed.) Constructing Self-Discover Learning Spaces Online: Scaffolding and Decision-Making Technologies. ISBN 978-61350-320-1.
  • Sellers, D. M., Crocker, A.B., Kirby, S.D., Britnall-Peterson, M., & Nichols, A. (2009). Creating the eXtension family caregiving community of practice. Journal of Extension, 47(5). (link)
  • Kirby, S., Chilcote, A., & Guin, A. (2009). Energy education: Ideas that work. Journal of Extension, 47(5). (link)
  • Kirby, S.D. (2005). Extension’s role in mold and moisture education. Journal of Extension. (link)

Contributing Websites

Contact Information

Youth, Family, and Community Sciences
NC State University
512 Brickhaven Drive 240E
Campus Box 7606
Raleigh, NC 27695-7606