Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Program to launch at UTEP this summer
April 22, 2011 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso will launch a Climate Corps Fellowship Program this summer. This program is made possible with a grant from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). UTEP is one of 13 universities in the country to receive the award and one of only two Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI).
"EDF Climate Corps Public Sector is a win---win for the University and the environment. By reducing energy usage, UTEP will not only save money, but reduce their carbon footprint," said Chaprece Henry, Tom Graff Fellow at Environmental Defense Fund. "The program will also prepare a new, more diverse generation of leaders a chance to change the world."
The EDF 10---week program places talented graduate students from top schools into public organizations to develop practical, actionable and energy---efficiency investment plans.
UTEP graduate Olivia Moreno has been awarded an EDF fellowship. Moreno holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering and is currently working on her Master's degree.
Working with facilities management and sustainability staff from the University, Ms. Moreno will develop a unique energy plan to meet UTEP's needs. Climate Corps Fellowship Program provides funding for the fellowship, instruments, monitors and controls for energy use in each UTEP building.
Existing energy and sustainability initiatives on campus are supported by UTEP's Facilities Services Department to promote energy efficiency on campus through a program that focuses on the design and construction of environmentally friendly facilities. The EDF program will improve the University's energy plan and refine an implementation schedule.
"The nation has made 'clean energy/green economy' a high priority and it is institutions of higher education that must be at the forefront of this change" says Heidi Taboada---Jimenez, Ph.D., assistant professor of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering and Principal Investigator for the EDF Program. She continues, "UTEP continues to expand opportunities for students to be part of the next generation of sustainable energy leaders."