By Jill Logeman, Energy Program Coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund
(This article appears in the August, 2010 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)
If improving building energy efficiency were as simple as flipping a switch, universities could easily cash in on big cost savings and emission reductions. Instead, limited resources, information gaps, and organizational barriers prevent universities from taking advantage of smart energy investments. Environmental Defense Fund’s new summer fellowship program can help colleges and universities overcome these obstacles.
Climate Corps Public Sector trains talented graduate students from top schools in energy efficiency and places them in public organizations, such as colleges and universities. Working with facilities management or sustainability staff, each fellow or pair of fellows develops a customized energy plan designed to meet the host’s needs.
Fellows work across host departments to: