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 served as a participant in Energize Colleges from 2016 to 2019.

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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.

In fall 2018, the program was fully funded and supported by the Hixon Center at HMC and the Roberts Environmental Center at CMC. As of 2019, the program has since concluded and will be replaced with a joint analyst team supported by the Hixon Center and the REC in 2019-20.


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 learn more.


If you have any questions about the Energize Colleges program, you may contact:

William Lamb (PO-’18)

HMC/CMC Energize Colleges Program Coordinator

Hixon Center Staff


Kristin Miller

CMC Energize Colleges Site Supervisor
Assistant Director, 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.