About the Program
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If improving building energy efficiency were as simple as flipping a switch, organizations could easily cash in on big cost savings and emission reductions.
Unfortunately, limited resources, information gaps and organizational barriers prevent many organizations from taking advantage of smart energy investments. EDF Climate Corps can help.
Climate Corps is Environmental Defense Fund’s innovative summer fellowship program that places specially-trained graduate students in companies, cities and universities as dedicated energy problem solvers. Working with hundreds of leading organizations, EDF Climate Corps has found an average of $1 million in energy savings for each participant.
Energy efficiency represents an enormous opportunity to cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings consume 70% of electricity in the U.S. and emit more than a third of greenhouse gases.
EDF created Climate Corps to overcome the barriers that prevent organizations from investing in energy efficiency. By delivering a laser-like focus and a compelling business case for energy efficiency, EDF Climate Corps fellows work with their host organizations to save energy, cut costs and reduce GHG emissions.
But the heart of the program is the EDF Climate Corps fellows. EDF recruits leading graduate students from the country’s top academic programs. We train them and place them in companies, cities and universities where they become champions of energy efficiency for the summer, analyzing energy-saving opportunities and developing customized energy efficiency investment plans. EDF Climate Corps delivers energy and cost savings today, while training tomorrow’s leaders to create value through environmental initiatives.
"We are saving tens of millions of kilowatt hours per year from projects identified by our first Climate Corps fellow, so we jumped at the chance to sign up again."
-- Christina Page, Director of Climate and Energy Strategy, Yahoo!