EDF launched Climate Corps in 2008 with seven fellows in the Bay Area, and it has grown eight-fold in just three years. We attribute the rapid expansion of the program to the value it delivers to companies and the real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions it achieves.
Companies from all sectors of the economy are signing up and coming back for more.
- Companies represent a wide variety of geographical regions and sectors. This summer, Climate Corps fellows will recommend energy management investments at food and beverage giant Dunkin’ Brands in Boston and California-based boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre Hospitality; they’ll uncover energy efficiency opportunities in healthcare at Humana in Louisville and freight transport at Union Pacific in Omaha. We’ll even have fellows doing industrial analysis at Eaton Corporation in Cleveland and at fragrance manufacturer Firmenich in New Jersey.
- Of this year’s 49 companies, nearly half are repeat participants. Companies like AT&T, Carnival, Target and Procter & Gamble were so pleased with the results of their 2010 fellows they’ve returned for a second year for fellows to conduct more advanced analyses. Companies like eBay, Genzyme, Shorenstein and SunGard are even back for a third consecutive summer.
- Many of this year’s participants are hiring more than one fellow. Companies hiring two fellows include adidas, CA Technologies, Ingersoll Rand, JPMorgan Chase, Nestle Waters North America and REI all signed up for two fellows – Facebook is even sponsoring three!
Stay tuned to EDF Business over the coming months as fellows and companies blog about their discoveries. They’ll share their energy wins and challenges and reveal -- at least -- 57 solutions for energy management.
Here is the full list of companies participating in EDF Climate Corps 2011:
Adidas (2 fellows), AT&T, Avon, Belk, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Booz Allen Hamilton, CA Technologies (2 fellows), Carnival, Citigroup, Coinstar/redbox, Cricket Communications, CSX, Cummins, Dave & Buster's, Diversey, Dow Jones (News Corporation), Dunkin' Brands, Eaton, eBay, Ernst & Young , Facebook (3 fellows), Firmenich, Gaylord Entertainment, Genzyme, Hospital Corporation of America, Humana, Ingersoll Rand (2 fellows), Joie de Vivre Hospitality, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (2 fellows), Kettle Cuisine, Mack Trucks (Volvo North America), McDonald's, Microsoft, Nestle Waters North America (2 fellows), PNC, Procter & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Quality Technology Services, RBS/Citizens Bank, REI (2 fellows), SAP, ServiceMaster, Shorenstein, SunGard, Target, Union Pacific Railroad, ViaWest, VivaKi (Publicis Groupe), Washington Gas.
This content originally appeared on the Environmental Defense Fund Innovation Exchange Blog.
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