Behind on energy efficiency? Enviro org seeks hosts for sustainability interns

The Environmental Defense Fund is looking for businesses willing to host MBA interns focused on energy efficient initiatives.

There's still time to apply to be a host company for the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program, which places MBA students from top universities with businesses seeking to develop energy-efficiency programs and processes.

So far, more than 20 companies have committed to working with these sustainability interns. They include eBay, Genzyme, Savvis, SunGard and Yahoo! (all of which were involved in last year's program) and new participants including Bloomberg, Carnival Cruise Lines, McDonald's, PG&E, Staples, Target and Verizon. The remainder of the participants include Akamai, Eaton, Hospital Corp. of America, JBG Properties, JohnsonDiversey, PHH Arval, ServiceMaster and VivaKi.

Last year, 26 Climate Corps interns helped save their host companies identify approximately $54 million in potential energy cost savings (the equivalent of around 160 million kilowatt hours of power).

Here's some insight from eBay's Bence Oliver, senior manager for operational sustainability:

"Our 2009 fellow Cindy Chen was crucial to eBay's effort to articulate our carbon emissions reduction target and chart a course to meet it. Cindy provided 10 months of value to eBay in 10 weeks."

There is a pool of more than 200 qualified applicants (developed through Net Impact) eager to help YOUR company.

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