EDF Climate Corps to star in Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously"

Years of Living Dangerously

Brendan Edgerton, 2013 fellow at Office Depot, during the filming of Years of Living Dangerously

This spring, Showtime will premiere its documentary series on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously. Last summer, producers called on EDF Climate Corps to help them tell the biggest story of our time. Mark your calendars for May 26th, when EDF Climate Corps will be featured, and be sure to follow our blog and social media channels for a behind-the-scenes look at EDF Climate Corps and our participation in the series.

What is EDF Climate Corps?

For many organizations, smart energy management is one of those pie-in-the-sky goals: desirable, but difficult. That's where EDF Climate Corps comes in. 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. Since 2008, EDF Climate Corps fellows have worked in hundreds of leading organizations and uncovered opportunities that could save an average of $1 million for each organization involved.

Fellows highlighted in Years of Living Dangerously

Last summer, producers from Years of Living Dangerously followed three EDF Climate Corps fellows from start to finish on their quest to solve energy problems at leading organizations.

Brendan Edgerton

Brendan Edgerton identified possible energy management opportunities for Office Depot. Ranging across stores, supply chain and headquarters, projects included LED lighting, intelligent controls, high efficiency HVAC units, solar photovoltaic and fuel cells. Projects recommended could see an average payback of three years and savemore than $6 million. Edgerton also outlined a cost-effective plan to achieve organization-wide net positive energy by 2030.

Nekya Jenise Young

Jenise Young worked to find ways to make Texas Southern University a more efficient campus by identifying energy savings for three campus buildings including the student center. Young, whose fellowship was funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, was also tasked with assisting Dr. Robert Bullard in establishing a climate change research consortium for historically black colleges and universities in the Gulf Coast and Southern Atlantic regions.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller worked to identify energy efficiency opportunities from exterior lighting and pool, spa and fountain pump systems at Caesars Entertainment Corporation. By implementing Miller's project recommendations at all domestic properties, Caesars Entertainment could save more than $350,000 and 6 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough to power more than 500 homes for a year and avoid 3,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Our other success stories

EDF Climate Corps

The 2013 EDF Climate Corps fellows during their week of training.

Our successes are not limited to the three stories featured in Showtime's Years of Living Dangerously. Since 2008, hundreds of toptier students and leading organizations have participated in EDF Climate Corps.

Past participants have included organizations such as Apple, Google, General Motors, REI, AT&T, the City of Boston and Howard University and students from universities including Yale, Columbia, Duke, Presidio, Indiana and UC Berkeley. Our fellows have identified nearly $1.3 billion in energy savings, and their work shines as a ray of environmental optimism that proves transitioning to a low carbon economy is possible.

Learn more about other EDF Climate Corps fellows and the projects they've worked on »

Watch the trailer for Years of Living Dangerously

Click below to see the trailer for Years of Living Dangerously, and be sure to tune into Showtime on Mondays at 8PM ET/PT to watch as the series unfolds!