Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced that Shorenstein Properties will again participate in the EDF Climate Corps initiative to help cut costs and carbon emissions through improved energy management.
As registration for 2015 EDF Climate Corps continues, leaders in high technology, consumer products, property management and the public sector that have participated in recent years have already re-enrolled to find deeper energy savings.
New host organizations are requesting fellows to map out their energy reduction strategies among a wide range of other projects.
EDF Climate Corps transforms the way organizations use energy by pairing fellows — top graduate students from the nation’s leading universities — with companies, cities, schools and public institutions to identify, measure and implement high-value ways to save energy, carbon emissions and money.
EDF Climate Corps has worked with over 300 organizations since the program’s launch in 2008, finding an average of $1 million in energy savings for each participating organization.
Collectively, the program has uncovered enough energy savings to power 260,000 homes each year and save $1.4 billion in energy costs.
“Identifying effective energy control solutions can be complex. It takes special knowledge and dedicated time to build the business case for investment,” said Jaxon Love, sustainability manager at Shorenstein Properties, one of the United States’ largest and oldest privately owned real estate firms.
“Every year, EDF Climate Corps fellows bring fresh eyes and sharp skills to move our energy initiatives forward, which is why we’ve been a Climate Corps host each year since 2009.”
Like Shorenstein Properties, many of 2015’s EDF Climate Corps host organizations are headquartered in the nine states with the nation’s highest energy use: California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
“Our EDF Climate Corps host organizations are taking a leadership role not only in their internal operations, but in each of their communities,” said Michael Regan, EDF’s senior director of State Strategic Implementation.
“By lowering their own energy use, these organizations not only save money and slash pollution, they also lower their neighboring regions’ energy usage and carbon emissions. Our hope is that these organizations inspire others in their sectors to follow suit.”
New York-based Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a leading international communications consultancy, will host its first EDF Climate Corps fellow in 2015 as an integral component of its sustainability program. “
New Jersey-based Verizon has taken advantage of the diverse range of project types, from HVAC, to data centers, to chiller efficiency, to renewables and the water-energy nexus.
The list of 2015 host organizations confirmed to date includes Iron Mountain, JLL, Legrand, NJ TRANSIT, Fort Bragg and Verizon Communications.
EDF Climate Corps is still accepting applications for organizations interested in achieving energy wins in 2015. To sign up for EDF Climate Corps, visit edfclimatecorps.org or e-mail email@example.com.