Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge share much in common, not the least of which is an active set of partners committed to improving how they use and manage energy. EDF Climate Corps is an innovative fellowship program that embeds trained graduate students into companies, cities, schools and public institutions to accelerate clean energy projects. Over the course of the summer, fellows get clean energy projects on the fast track to accomplishment – simultaneously improving the organization’s bottom line and environmental impact. That’s why last year, we were thrilled to sign on as a Better Buildings Affiliate, opening up additional DOE resources to our Climate Corps network of organizations and fellows.
As Better Buildings partners strive to achieve their 20% energy reduction commitments, many have turned to EDF Climate Corps for support. And this year is no different with 15 Better Buildings partners enlisting an EDF Climate Corps fellow within their organization. They include:
- Best Buy
- City of Boston
- Connecticut Green Bank
- Cook County, IL
- Forest City Realty Trust
- General Motors
- Hilton Worldwide
- Iron Mountain
- Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
- New York City Housing Authority
- Shorenstein Properties
- The Volvo Group
This cohort represent a subset of the 100 organizations hosting EDF Climate Corps fellows this summer on projects ranging from energy efficiency assessment to clean energy deployment and supply chain efficiency. With last summer’s fellows recommending over $60 million of new investments in clean energy technology, we can’t wait to see what comes next.
For the full 2016 program announcement, please see yesterday’s press release. And be sure to check back here for updates on the Climate Corps program and the great work being done by Better Buildings partners.
EDF Climate Corps embeds trained graduate students in organizations to help meet their energy goals by accelerating clean energy projects in their facilities. In just one summer, fellows will get clean energy projects on the fast track to accomplishment – improving the organization’s bottom line and environmental impact at the same time. By working with over 350 organizations in the public and private sector, EDF Climate Corps has uncovered nearly $1.5 billion in energy savings. For more information on the program, visit our website (edfclimatecorps.org) and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/edfbiz) and/or Facebook (facebook.com/EDFClimateCorps).