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Educating Tomorrow’s Energy-Efficiency Leaders

June 2, 2015 | 1 comment

To keep the nation’s energy-efficiency momentum going, the energy leaders of tomorrow will need to understand how to create energy savings, increase awareness about why energy management is important, and put plans into action to generate energy-efficiency results.

The Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus program is doing its part to support and educate future energy-efficiency leaders. This student-driven energy management learning program promotes careers in energy-saving fields, and also encourages universities to incorporate sustainability concepts into lesson plans.

The students who choose to participate in their campus’ PowerSave Campus program – 23+ universities across the country are currently involved – receive hands-on experience while working on their campuses to conduct energy audits, host energy-saving competitions, and suggest and implement new initiatives to save energy. Not only does this give students the opportunity to gain valuable sustainability work experience, but participating campuses also benefit from the program as well. Simple low- and no-cost changes completed by PowerSave Campus interns may result in significant campus energy savings.

The Alliance to Save Energy has also implemented a similar program at the K-12 level with PowerSave Schools. With the same goals as PowerSave Campus – growing future sustainability leaders and providing students with experience in finding viable ways to save energy – the average PowerSave School reduces energy consumption by 5% to 15% in the first year just by making changes in student/staff/teacher behavior and implementing low- and no-cost energy-saving initiatives.

Here are just a few inspiring examples of the changes made by PowerSave Campuses and PowerSave Schools in order to save energy, resources, and money:

  • Recycling unused appliances and office supplies vs. sending them to the landfill
  • Setting printers to print double-sided by default
  • Adjusting temperatures on mini fridges in dorms
  • Implementing policies on purchasing ENERGY STAR office equipment
  • Encouraging students/faculty/staff to shut off lights and close windows before they leave a building for the day
  • De-lamping in appropriate areas
  • Installing occupancy sensors in stairwells

What is your organization doing to prepare tomorrow’s energy-efficiency leaders? Have you ever hired interns to help carry out sustainability initiatives?

Photo by: Ambro

1 Comment

  1. Jordan
    June 15, 2015

    These are some great ideas on becoming more energy efficient! We’ll definitely have to look into these. Thanks for sharing!

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