In 2014, Showtime premiered a ground-breaking documentary series on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously.
When the producers of the series needed to show what the next generation of leaders was doing to solve our most pressing environmental issues, they came to EDF Climate Corps.
EDF Climate Corps Fellows Highlighted in Years of Living Dangerously
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 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.
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 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
Our successes are not limited to the three stories featured in Showtime's Years of Living Dangerously. Since 2008, hundreds of top-tier 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 $1.4 billion in energy savings, and their work shines as a ray of environmental optimism that proves transitioning to a low carbon economy is possible.