The Experience for Fellows
EDF Climate Corps fellows are embedded in leading companies, cities, universities and nonprofits where they deliver clear, concrete and actionable plans to save money and energy. The program provides high-level work experience, training on energy efficiency best practices, access to experts in the field and a network of other fellows across the nation.
In May, fellows are convened and trained by EDF staff and outside experts in energy efficiency strategies for commercial buildings. Through this rigorous four-day training, fellows have the opportunity to learn best practices and understand the barriers to energy efficiency, go on field trips to better understand building energy systems, learn from guest speakers, and build their network of sustainability colleagues.
- EDF Climate Corps Handbook
The EDF Climate Corps Handbook [PDF] is the fellows’ guide throughout the summer for energy efficiency investment opportunities in office buildings and data centers.
- Summer Training Call Series
EDF organizes a summer call series with experts in the field on topics relevant to fellow internship workplans. EDF also facilitates check-in conversations with groups of fellows throughout the summer.
Fellows have the support of an EDF project manager who:
- Assists in the creation of their summer workplans.
- Provides fellows with access to online forums, collaboration tools, internal EDF experts and up-to-date energy efficiency resources.
- Facilitates relationships for summer tours/treks to host organizations, discussion panels and other opportunities.
Host organizations also provide fellows with a senior-level supporter and a day-to-day supervisor.
EDF Climate Corps fellows build strong relationships with their host organizations. Most EDF fellows go on to carrer positions in sustainability or energy management, whether at their host organizations of other entities.
Also, our fellows join a vibrant network of energy management and sustainability practicioners, which serves as a valuable resource throughout their fellowships and careers.
"Climate Corps provided a strong foundation for the work I'm doing now. As a technology company, energy efficiency is a top priority for SunGard, and Climate Corps provides an effective set of tools for tackling the right projects."
-- Ryan Whisnant, 2009 Climate Corps fellow at SunGard