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SmartPlanet has highlighted the work of the Climate Corps fellowships run by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) several times over the past two years, but this year’s class appears to have been the most successful yet: the 96 MBA and MPA students who participated in the program last summer collectively identified an estimated $650 million in energy savings, according to EDF.
Climate Corps is a program designed to help businesses, communities and universities identify energy savings and carbon dioxide emissions reduction opportunities. Companies agree to take on summer interns who are focused on this sort of research as part of their academic work. In 2008, there were just seven participants. Last year, there were 51, so it isn’t really surprising that almost double the number of participants identified almost double the potential savings in electricity and emissions.