What to Expect: Project Types and Final Deliverables
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For all host organizations, we offer a core program and a variety of special focus options. We will work with you to develop a specific plan that meets your specific energy management needs and opportunities.
Fellows identify and analyze opportunities to save energy in the systems common to most buildings, including lighting, HVAC, data centers, office equipment, and water heating. They quantify the investment needed and develop practical, actionable plans for implementation.
Special Focus Options
- Strategy: Special focus on benchmarking facilities, setting goals, designing processes and tools, and meeting the requirements of regulation and third party certifications. See a recent example from Target Corporation.
- Energy Information System: Special focus on identifying, implementing, and optimizing systems for measuring and managing energy use in facilities and across the enterprise. See a recent example from AT&T.
- Funding Mechanism: Special focus on analyzing internal and external financing strategies to support investment in energy efficiency. See a recent example from Boston City Public Schools.
- Employee Engagement: Special focus on designing programs and campaigns that inspire, educate, and empower employees to advance efficiency initiatives. See a recent example from the Boeing Company.
- Data Centers: Speical focus on targeting advanced energy efficiency measures in data centers and other high-density computing spaces. See a recent example from DIRECTV.
- Industrial: Special focus on optimizing processes in manufacturing and production facilities. See a recent example from Ingersoll Rand.
- Advanced Technologies: Special focus on analysis of innovative energy technologies. See a recent example from the Smithsonian Institution.
Over the course of 10-12 weeks, EDF fellows develop detailed business cases for the final energy efficiency project recommendations. They compile and present a detailed report consisting of a thoroughly researched set of recommendations and tools to drive next steps based on the workplan developed by the host organization and the fellow.
The Final Report
The final report consists of major products and outputs of each fellow's summer work and includes:
- Recommended investment opportunities and actions, including a matrix of estimated costs and impacts (e.g. $, kWh, non-financial [e.g. increased employee comfort]). Recommendations are broken down by:
- Short term (3-6 months) implementation
- Medium term (6 months-1 year) implementation
- Long term (1-5 years) implementation
- All relevant statistics (e.g. building square footage)
- All written work products and presentation slides as attachments
- Identified barriers to increased investment in energy efficiency at host organizations and recommendations for potential solutions, including:
- Internal operatinal barriers
- Internal financial barriers
- External barriers (e.g. leasing)
- Other barriers as applicable
- An annotated chart providing a summary of the different energy efficiency modules, similar to the one below:
EDF will publicize the aggregate cost savings, energy savings, and greenhouse gas reductions by EDF Climate Corps fellows, along with compelling stories from host organizations, throughout the year. EDF will make public the fact that the host organization in a participant in EDF Climate Corps, but will not refer to the nature or results of the fellowship without prior written approval for the organization.
“We recommend EDF Climate Corps to companies looking for a fresh perspective on energy efficiency projects. The payback period of our projects identified by the fellow is only a few months....amazing!”
- Catherine Reeves, Manager, Environmental Management Operations, Xerox