EDF Climate Corps Blog

Deforestation was the focus of Sunday night’s episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a Showtime series highlighting the biggest story of our time – climate change. In the episode, we followed Harrison Ford to different regions of Indonesia, including Tesso Nilo National Park, where forests are being destroyed to grow palm oil plantations. 

This week, the world celebrated Earth Day with thousands of campaigns calling to sustain and save our planet galvanizing the world. The Building Green Initiative’s Top 10 Green Historically Black Colleges and Universities is one that caught our eye as half of the HBCUs on the list have engaged EDF Climate Corps fellows.

If you don’t get where I’m going with this thread, you may have been under a rock for the past week, because when Hollywood talks about climate change, all kinds of new audiences listen.

A few weeks ago we told you about our impressive 2014 EDF Climate Corps student applicants. We know from six years of experience this powerhouse group of grad students will make real change in the world. Let’s take a moment here to look at where they go after their EDF Climate Corps fellowships.

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of leading sustainability and energy practitioners at the 2014 GreenBiz Forum. For those who were unable to attend, I wanted to call your attention to three themes that I noticed buzzing throughout the conference. 

Brendan Edgerton (Yale MBA/MEM ’15) didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he accepted the offer to be an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellowin the summer of 2013. In addition to the challenge of uncovering the right set of investment opportunities in energy efficiency for Office Depot, Edgerton’s every move would also be documented by Director James Cameron’s Showtime camera crews.

Here at EDF Climate Corps we have the ability to glimpse into the future and see what the next generation of business leaders looks like. They are passionate about creating a new business model where the bottom line and sustainability go hand in hand.

Following the lead of mayors and governors across the country, last month the President announced energy as a priority for the year. By focusing on energy management, organizations are contributing to the transformation of energy use in the country, saving billions in energy costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

EDF Climate Corps' fourth annual Network Event was held in Cambridge, MA, and gathered around 120 EDF Climate Corps hosts, fellow alumni and partners. We asked some of the attendees to reflect back on the event, here’s what they had to say.

Back in December, EDF Climate Corps led a twitter discussion around the energy-saving strategies organizations discovered in 2013. We’d like to share a few of the best energy-saving tips from the #EnergyUnwrapped discussion so that these can be more widely applied in 2014.