EDF Climate Corps Blog: Archive

  • EDF Heads to RILA

    EDF Staff | September 18, 2012

  • Finding Ways that Work in The Carlyle Group’s Investment Process

    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.

  • Borrowing the Benefits: Equipment Leasing at Boston Schools

    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.

  • Catalyzing Change at Lane College

    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 Helps REI Examine Buildings of the Future: Net Zero Energy Buildings

    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.

  • Measuring Performance to Drive Results – Cummins' Energy Management Scorecard

    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.

  • Incentives Cut Energy Use at Chicago Public Schools

    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.

  • You Can Always Do Better – Process Improvement at LBA Realty

    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.

  • Making It Real – Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project Performance In The Real World

    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.