EDF Climate Corps Blog: archive
Lee Coker | September 17, 2012
EDF Climate Corps fellow | September 13, 2012
Fellow: Jennifer Le, 2012 EDF Climate Corps fellow at The Carlyle Group, MBA Candidate at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University
Organization: The Carlyle Group
Opportunity: The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with more than $156 billion in assets under management across 99 funds and 63 fund of funds vehicles.
EDF Climate Corps fellow | September 6, 2012
Fellow: Britta Victor, 2012 EDF Climate Corps fellow at Boston Public Schools, MEM candidate at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
Organization: Boston Public Schools
Opportunity: 125 Boston school buildings, all associated municipal buildings and the minds of 57,000 students
Summary: With a limited capital budget, Boston Public Schools needs a new way to pay for the energy efficiency measures that will save serious energy dollars. I worked on a new plan to use an equipment lease to acquire energy efficiency measures, and to use the resulting savings to make the lease payments. Using this technique in just five of its schools, Boston could save more than $2 million.
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 29, 2012
Fellow: Meredith Rowland, 2012 EDF Climate Corps Fellow at Lane College, MPA candidate at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Organization: Lane College
Opportunity: An energy efficient future for a 130-year-old academic institution.
Summary: Infrastructural barriers within an organization often prevent employees from pursuing innovative energy efficiency projects. As a Climate Corps fellow at Lane College, I acted as catalyst for change among campus stakeholders.
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 17, 2012
Fellow: Kristen Demeter, 2012 EDF Climate Corps fellow at REI (Recreational Equipment Inc. ), Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Organization: REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.)
Opportunity: The chance to revolutionize the way a building consumes energy
Summary: What if a building could be so efficient that it didn’t need to buy any energy? REI fellow Kristen Demeter found that this is more than possible – it has already been done! "Net Zero Energy Buildings" are technologically advanced facilities that minimize their energy needs through a process called "integrated design;" what little energy they still need is provided by onsite, renewable generation.
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 14, 2012
Fellow: Michael Norbeck, 2012 EDF Climate Corps fellow at Cummins Inc., MPA Candidate at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Opportunity: Energy use and CO2 emissions from a global portfolio of over 600 facilities
Summary: You’re a multinational engine manufacturing company that has set ambitious enterprise-wide targets for energy intensity and CO2 emissions reduction. Facilities are a key component of your energy footprint, and therefore your carbon footprint as well. How do you drive the energy management performance you need to meet your targets? Start by understanding how your facilities are using energy, and why.
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 13, 2012
Fellow: Tyler Browne, 2012 EDF Climate Corps Fellow at Chicago Public Schools, MPA/MSES candidate at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Organization: Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
The Opportunity: About 675 schools in the third largest school district in the country
Summary: Chicago Public Schools recognizes the financial, environmental and infrastructural benefits of curtailing energy consumption. That's why it's working aggressively to implement the Energy Shared Savings program at its nearly 700 schools.
EDF Climate Corps fellow | August 9, 2012
Fellow: Andy Perkins, 2012 EDF Climate Corps Fellow at LBA Realty, MBA Candidate at Yale University School of Management
Organization: LBA Realty
The Opportunity: 39 million square feet of industrial and commercial real estate
Summary: In the world of commercial real estate, Net Operating Income (NOI) is everything. Its focus on operational efficiency and driving down costs is the measuring stick by which a building's value is determined. It drives the entire industry. I discovered that LBA could improve the NOI of its future energy efficiency projects by creating a standard process for vetting vendor proposals.
Guest Author | August 7, 2012
While codes, standards, and an increasingly energy-savvy marketplace push new buildings toward higher energy standards, existing building stock presents a conundrum. Although energy efficiency project performance data is scarce, that which is publicly available suggests variability that is tough to predict at best.