- Green Minute
- Green Campuses
- Green Media
- Contact Us
In just five years, EDF Climate Corps has found $1.2 billion in energy savings, with the potential to avoid yearly carbon dioxide emissions equal to the pollution from 200,000 cars according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
Facing tight budgets and limited resources, a growing list of companies and public sector organizations are turning to a unique initiative offered by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), that provides specially-trained graduate students from top schools around the country to uncover cost-effective energy savings opportunities and develop concrete strategies to capitalize on them.
EDF Climate Corps fellows have worked with nearly 200 satisfied organizations, uncovering an average of $1 million in energy savings over the course of each fellowship, according to a new analysis. Along with energy savings, EDF is cultivating a new generation of skilled young professionals who have already begun moving into leadership positions in both corporate and public institutions.
Participating companies this year range from Google and Facebook to Boeing, Pfizer and Verizon. Public sector hosts include the City of Los Angeles; the public schools in Boston, Chicago and Houston; and the New York City Housing Authority. (Detailed stories about their projects are available here.)
“For three years running, EDF Climate Corps has been a great resource for REI, finding opportunities throughout our business, and identifying real, practical solutions we can bank on,” said Kirk Myers, Manager of CSR at REI, a leading outdoor retailer.
EDF fellows work in office buildings, factories, hospitals, data centers, and a wide range of other commercial and residential facilities. Their specialties include advanced lighting and climate controls; employee engagement; financial analytics; and strategic planning. Engagements are custom-tailored to meet the needs of the organization.
The program provides valuable support for host organizations whether they already have an advanced energy strategy in place, or are just getting started. EDF handles recruiting, matching, training and rigorous follow-up and evaluation.
“Our EDF Climate Corps fellow became a member of our team and provided exceptional value on a fast-paced complex project,” said Vincent Davis, Board Member for Envision Charlotte, a North Carolina public-private partnership dedicated to economic and environmental sustainability.
Source: Environmental Defense Fund