EDF Climate Corps Blog

  • How to Create a Successful Environmental Employee Engagement Program

    Scott Wood | November 25, 2014

    “Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” This Chinese proverb, which appears in the Environmental Employee Engagement (EEE) Roadmap released yesterday by Net Impact, captures the underlying human behavior driving the need for employee engagement programming within organizations.

  • The Winners of the 2014 EDF Climate Corps Fellowship Awards

    Kate Hanley | November 13, 2014

    Two weeks ago, at the 5th Annual EDF Climate Corps Network Event, we celebrated the great work of all the fellows, participating organizations, alumni and partners to cut costs and emissions. We also recognized three outstanding fellows in our first ever Fellowship Awards.

  • Takeaways from the EDF Climate Corps Network Event

    Kelly Jones | November 5, 2014

    At the close of last week’s EDF Climate Corps Network Event, Jason Jay, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, asked everyone to take a few moments to think about our takeaways and jot down our action items coming out of the event. One of the next steps I wrote down for myself was to write a blog summarizing my perspective on the two day conference. 

  • Resource Review: Guide to Procurement of Flexible Peaking Capacity

    Ellen Shea | November 4, 2014

    I recently read a white paper by Chet Lyons of the Energy Strategies Group performing a cost-benefits analysis of utility companies purchasing battery storage systems vs. simple cycle gas-fired combustion turbines (CT). These CT systems are what are typically used to regulate peaking capacity. The article shows how storage systems can be a great solution for how utilities companies can keep up to date with the changing trends in energy in the US. 

  • What Choices Can Help Cut Carbon in a Car-Loving Country?

    EDF Climate Corps fellow | November 3, 2014

    I learned this summer that the choices provided by employers directly influence the behavior and habits employees maintain. By just offering greener transit options, employers have an opportunity to influence the carbon footprint of their workforce both on and off the clock. 

  • Schooling Demand Response in Texas Academia

    EDF Climate Corps fellow | October 23, 2014

    The Alamo Colleges began participating in local utility company, CPS Energy’s Demand Response Program in the summer of 2013. This Demand Response Program is one of CPS Energy’s strategies to achieve its 2020 goal of saving 771 megawatts of energy. The Alamo Colleges participated in the program in order to take advantage of a significant rebate opportunity, which was a maximum of $120,600 in 2013 and is $130,650 in 2014. Rebates are based on the level of participation, and in 2013, the Alamo Colleges earned rebates totaling $103,000.

  • Finding Gold in the Value Chain

    Victoria Mills | October 9, 2014

    Energy efficiency is a goldmine, but not everyone has the time or resources to dig. That’s why for the past seven years, over three hundred organizations have turned to EDF Climate Corps for hands-on help to cut costs and carbon pollution through better energy management. And every year, the program delivers results: this year’s class of fellows found $130 million in potential energy savings across 102 organizations.

  • Making the World a Better Place: One Megawatt at a Time

    EDF Climate Corps fellow | October 2, 2014

    What does it take for a manufacturing firm with 24/7 operations to incorporate sustainability goals into its daily activities? I learned the answer to the question this summer at Owens Corning.

  • Three Ways to Boost Energy Efficiency after the “Low-Hanging Fruit” has been Picked

    EDF Climate Corps fellow | September 24, 2014

    Companies today are increasingly investing in energy efficiency upgrades, both to conserve energy and to reduce operating costs. By lowering greenhouse gas emissions and fuel expenses, energy efficiency benefits the economy as well as the environment in the face of climate change.  Being from Bangladesh, a country that is on a trajectory to become completely submerged as sea levels rise, climate change is an important issue to me and is largely the reason why I joined EDF Climate Corps. 

  • Companies Turn to Technology to Engage Consumers in Smart Energy Management

    EDF Climate Corps fellow | September 18, 2014

    Most of us in America would argue that affordable and reliable energy access is a basic life necessity, possibly even a basic human right. However, JD Power & Associates recently reported that only 3% of consumers are actually reviewing their energy usage more than once a month. Interaction with this commodity is almost entirely passive. Utilities do whatever it is they do to keep the electrons flowing, and we pay the bill.

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