Energize Colleges Program
Energize Colleges supports colleges and universities to prepare leaders in the new energy economy. The goal of the program is to develop students’ knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively evaluate energy career options and transition into the green workforce.
The program was facilitated by Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) for the program’s first two academic years (2016-17, 2017-18). SEI is a non-profit dedicated to helping communities embrace sustainability. It is a Workforce Development and Training Program funded by California utility rate payers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. It was created to support institutions of higher education in California in promoting student energy career development through internships and education.
As of fall 2018, the program is fully funded and supported by the Hixon Center at HMC and the Roberts Environmental Center at CMC.
As part of the program, energy internships provide students with applied learning opportunities through meaningful roles on campus and community projects. These internships seek to address and be inclusive of eight career pathways across the arc of the program:
- Energy Engineering: energy efficiency, energy storage, the smart grid, and the energy -water nexus
- Environmental Controls Technology: HVAC, Building Commissioning, Operations, and Building Controls
- Solar Design, Sales, and Estimation
- Installation & Maintenance: EE retrofitting, HVAC, lighting, solar & retro-commissioning
- Energy Auditing
- Energy Storage
- Energy & Environmental Management: utility bill analysis and monitoring, policy, utility program management, and government
- Building Construction & Architecture
If you are interested in learning more about the Energize Colleges program, you may contact:
HMC Energize Colleges Site Supervisor
Sustainability Program Manager, Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design
CMC Energize Colleges Site Supervisor
Sustainability Coordinator, Roberts Environmental Center
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