EDF Climate Corps: Accelerating energy projects
Our trained grad students help organizations meet their sustainability goals
After Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, cities such as Hoboken, N.J., were left flooded and in the dark.
It was harrowing for city officials, who quickly realized they needed to prepare for future storms by switching to a more resilient microgrid power system.
Seeking guidance, the city enlisted the help in 2015 of Devashree Ghosh, a fellow with EDF Climate Corps.
Hands-on help for energy savings
The program, now entering its eighth year, embeds trained graduate students inside organizations to accelerate clean energy projects over the summer. These students specialize in energy efficiency, renewables, data tracking and more, and are the hands-on help organizations need to make deep energy and cost savings.
Ghosh worked with the city and an outside energy consultancy company to develop a Resilient Microgrids Toolkit. The toolkit will streamline the process of developing a microgrid, and it could be used by many East Coast cities.
“The work will help us understand the costs and benefits as we prepare for such a massive project,” Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said.
Change from the inside out
EDF Climate Corps fellows work within organizations to solve urgent energy management problems that affect the public, and they also work on corporate energy and sustainability needs that greatly affect the bottom line.
EDF Climate Corps delivered 10 months of value in 10 weeks.Bence Oliver Senior Manager for Operational Sustainability, eBay
We’ve successfully partnered with more than 350 organizations across the U.S. and in China, and the majority of our 600-plus fellowship alumni have gone on to pursue careers in sustainability or energy management. Participating companies reap immediate impact. For example:
- Nestle learned how to trim annual energy-related water consumption by 48 million gallons.
- JLL, a leading real estate firm, found out how to lower energy needs by 9% through tenant engagement.
- HCA Healthcare discovered how to save $2.5 million by cutting food waste.
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- 1 in 3Fortune 100 companies have participated in the program
- $1 millionaverage energy savings identified for each organization
- 7of our 2015 fellows worked in China, as we expand internationally