The EDF Climate Corps program places MBA students from top-ranking business schools in leading companies where they make the business case for energy efficiency investments in office buildings and data centers.
According to the EDF, the 2009 class of 26 Climate Corps fellows uncovered efficiencies in lighting, computer equipment and heating and cooling systems that could:
• Save more than $54 million in net operational costs over the lifetime of the projects;
• Cut the equivalent of 160 million kilowatt hours of energy use annually—enough to power 14,000 homes;
• Avoid 100,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year—equivalent to taking more than 12,000 SUVs off the road.
Granted, those benefits won’t be realized unless the companies participating in the program actually implement the Climate Corps’ recommendations. But, so far, the track record of the program is impressive.
Yet another reminder to those in Congress who think that solving climate change and fostering energy independence is going to ruin our economy. Get with the program, folks!