Published: Dec 01, 2011
John-Paul Fontelo is a 2011 EDF Climate Corps Fellow at Humana and an MBA Candidate at University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business
Upon returning to Notre Dame this fall to kick off my second year of business school, I found myself reflecting on the real value of my summer fellowship as an EDF Climate Corps fellow at Humana. So to round out the series of blogs I wrote this summer about my experience, below are the key results and takeaways of my EDF Climate Corps fellowship.
First, the results:
All in all, the projects I helped identify could save nearly 16 million kWh or $620,000 in electricity costs per year, which translates to about 11 metric tons of carbon emissions.
And along the way of identifying these energy-saving solutions, I learned a few things. My key takeaways are:
The outgoing dean of the business school at Notre Dame, Carolyn Woo, told us when we first arrived in South Bend last August that business should not be thought of as a “necessary evil.” Rather, it is a “necessary good” because it can be a force in solving society’s problems, such as over-pollution. I have seen that on display this summer, with engaging people at Humana, Johnson Controls and other sustainability partners who possess the courage and moral imagination to “ask more of business.”
*Note: The free air cooling project we worked on with JCI is quite interesting. For more information on free-air cooling, see this EDF-produced video about how the practice could cut the energy needed to cool AT&T’s buildings by up to 50 percent.
A year ago, two of my best friends—a married couple, in their 30s, with children—decided to quit their jobs and spend some time doing volunteer work. After a lot of research and deliberation, they chose an intentional community in Georgia where they would be able to work with refugees.
Job creation is one of the key reasons cited by President Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
Specifically, coal jobs:
"The current agreement effectively blocks the development of clean coal in America," the President said in his remarks announcing the decision.
In recent years, green has proved a popular concept among consumers,with many buyers, especially the millennial set, ready and willing to pay more for sustainable, environmentally friendly products. That’s contributed to the rise of careers in corporate sustainability, with employees who hold these jobs managing production and facilities to ensure the least wasteful business practices are used.