Energize Colleges Program

In partnership with the Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College, the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design at Harvey Mudd College is a participant in Energize Colleges.

Energize Colleges Website

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 is facilitated by Strategic Energy Innovations, 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 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

See the Internships page to view current internship listings and to apply. To learn more, contact our Energize Colleges Fellow at energizecollegesclaremont@gmail.com.


The education component of the program focuses on diffusing energy efficiency (EE), distributed generation (DG), and demand response (DR) concepts within core curricula for accredited degree, certificate or pre-apprenticeship programs in energy-related fields.

Through Energize Colleges, faculty are eligible for a variety of support services, including faculty grants up to $5,000 to help cover the costs of instructional materials, field and lab experiences, and faculty time dedicated to enhancing existing and creating new courses, degrees and certificates. In addition, the program offers implementation support, assistance in integrating project-based learning experiences into existing courses, curriculum design services, instructional planning, co-instruction, existing curriculum, curriculum adaptation and development support, and train-the-trainer workshops.

If you are a faculty member interested in learning more about how Energize Colleges can help you incorporate experiential learning within the above energy concepts into your courses, please visit this page or contact our Energize Colleges Fellow at energizecollegesclaremont@gmail.com.


If you are interested in learning more about the Energize Colleges program, you may contact:

Kanami Otani

2016–2018 HMC/CMC Energize Colleges Program Coordinator

Louis Spanias

HMC Energize Colleges Site Supervisor
Sustainability Program Manager, Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design

Kristin Miller

CMC Energize Colleges Site Supervisor
Sustainability Coordinator, Roberts Environmental Center

Note: Some content taken and adapted from the Energize Colleges website and Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have trouble accessing any documents linked on this page, please refer to the Website Accessibility statement for further assistance.