Google, Pfizer and Fox Entertainment Group are among the 54companies joining the Environmental Defense Fund’s ClimateCorps program for the first time this year. The EDF Climate Corps fellowship places specially trained MBA andMPA students in companies, cities and universities to identify andassess cost-effective opportunities to save energy and reduceemissions. Since 2008, EDF Climate Corps fellows have identified opportunitiesthat could cut enough energy to power nearly 100,000 homes a year,avoid the annual carbon emissions of 200,000 cars, and save morethan $1 billion in net operating costs over the project lifetimes,EDF says. This summer, 98 fellows from graduate programs nationwide will workin 88 organizations, including companies such as Boeing,Caterpillar, and Verizon; public institutions including the Bostonand Chicago Public Schools, UNICEF, and the cities of Atlanta,Dallas, Los Angeles, Newark and San Francisco; and the America sCup Event Authority, EDF said. Some 34 companies including financial giant JP Morgan Chase,outdoors retailer REI and consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers arereturning to the program this year.
Projects initiated in last year’s program will save $650 million in net operational costs, cut 600 millionkWh of electricity use and cut 27 million therms of natural gas ayear over their lifetimes, according to EDF. In 2011, McDonald’s worked with Pia Jean Kristiansen, an EDFClimate Corps fellow and MBA candidate from the University ofMichigan to find ways to increase employee engagement in energyefficiency activities. Kristiansen s work resulted in aneducational video developed to educate employees on ways to reducean average restaurant s energy consumption up to 10 percent. Also last year, Neal Tsay, an EDF Climate Corps fellow and MBAcandidate from UCLA, on a fellowship at retailer Target, proposedinitiatives that could eliminate 50,000 metric tons of greenhousegas emissions each year.
Neither McDonald’s nor Target is part of the program in 2012. The full list of new participants for 2012 is as follows: 1. America s Cup Event 2. Ascension Health 3. Au Bon Pain Corporation 4. Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
Bloomberg BNA 5. Boeing Company 6. Boston Public Schools 7. Boulder Housing Partners 8. Caesar’s Entertainment, Inc. China AKG Foldable Headphones
9. Carlyle Group, L.P. 10. Caterpillar Inc. China Monster Beats By Dre Studio Headphones
11. Charlotte Center City Partners 12. Chicago Public Schools 13. City of Cleveland 14. City of Dallas 15.
City of Los Angeles 16. City of New Haven 17. City of New Orleans 18. City of Newark 19.
City of San Francisco Department of the Environment 20. City of Seattle 21. Claflin University 22. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC 23.
College of Menominee Nation 24. Commonwealth Financial Network 25. Credit Suisse Group 26. DIRECTV Group, Inc.
27. Fidelity Investments FMR LLC 28. Forest City Enterprises 29. Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. 30.
Garysburg, Northampton County 31. Google Inc. 32. Hilex Poly 33. Housing Authority of the City of El Paso 34.
Houston Independent School District 35. Lane College 36. LBA Realty 37. Los Angeles Community College District 38. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 39.
Monmouth County 40. National Geographic Society 41. Nixon Peabody 42. Oberlin College 43. Pfizer Inc.
44. Philadelphia Housing Authority 45. Port of Oakland 46. San Diego State University – Imperial ValleyCampus 47. San Francisco Department of Environment 48.
Smithsonian Institution 49. Solo Cup 50. Southern University and A&M College 51. Syniverse Technologies 52. Texas A&M University – Kingsville 53.
UNICEF 54. Wakefern Food Corp.