EDF Climate Corps Blog
Studying Solar in Texas: Big Energy Savings Opportunities on Small Campuses
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 20, 2014
Distributed generation solar has been a growing trend around the country. Home owners, large commercial entities and other facilities all have looked to their rooftops to cash in on a previously underutilized asset.
Sustainability Careers: A New “Traditional” Path?
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 18, 2014
One of the biggest hurdles I face in my transition from graduate school into my career is that my chosen career path – corporate sustainability – is not a traditional profession. I went to The London School of Economics and Political Science, which is a fantastic institution with a supportive and enthusiastic Careers center. However, most of the job postings and career fairs on campus were geared towards more classic trajectories like finance, accounting and consulting.
Corporate Buyers Demonstrate Demand for Renewables. Now it’s Time for the Market to Catch Up.
Victoria Mills | August 14, 2014
Last month, twelve major corporations announced a combined goal of buying 8.4 million megawatt hours of renewable energy each year and called for market changes to make these large-scale purchases possible. Their commitment shows that demand for renewables has reached the big time.
Demand Response 201: Implementation at 77 West Wacker
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 13, 2014
Demand response has been at the core of my work this summer as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow. My host company, Jones Lang LaSalle, is the property manager for 77 West Wacker Drive, a 50-story office building in downtown Chicago. Here, I am focusing on maximizing the benefits of demand response which have already been implemented through multiple technologies.
Demand Response 101: How it works and the incentives
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 11, 2014
Demand response. It’s been called the “killer application for the smart grid” by John Wellinghoff, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). But what is it?
Can I Do This Again Next Year Please? My Fellowship at Fort Bragg
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 8, 2014
I do not want to brag, but the U.S. Army engagement at Fort Bragg is the best in EDF Climate Corps. I apologize for the bombastic tone of this statement; however, when I consider the opportunities afforded to me during my time here, it is hard for me to imagine a comparable experience anywhere else.
Transparency in the Supply Chain: Sharing Information Helps Share Savings
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 7, 2014
As an increasing number of companies seek to reduce the environmental impact of getting their products to retailers and consumers, understanding the drivers behind current transportation and logistic decisions is crucial. Working with Ocean Spray Cranberries this summer, I’ve had the chance to build on the company’s work with Environmental Defense Fund and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Greening the Cleanroom at PerkinElmer
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 5, 2014
Energy efficiency is an essential part of climate change mitigation, which is my primary motivation for becoming an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow. My goal is to find energy and water savings at my host organization PerkinElmer in Santa Clara, California.
Energy Planning for a Municipality: The Policy Impact
EDF Climate Corps fellow | July 31, 2014
Two weeks ago I walked into a secured building with simple décor and mismatched furniture. The hallways smelled faintly of disinfectant. But, it is the floors that captured visitors’ attention. It was the cleanest and shiniest floor I have ever seen in my life.
Four Lessons in Corporate Water Efficiency
EDF Climate Corps fellow | July 29, 2014
I received quizzical looks from family and friends when I told them I was working on water efficiency projects at Verizon this summer. They paused, racking their brains about where water is used within the telecommunications industry. “Like in the bathrooms?” they’d ask.