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UC Davis Student Group Promotes Energy Efficiency On and Off Campus

October 4th, 2011 @ 12:03 pm by Camille Kirk

Guest blogger Manny Rin, a 4th year student majoring in environmental policy and planning, writes below about the Energy Service Corps:

This year CALPIRG, the Public Interest Research Group here on campus, is once again running Energy Service Corps!Logo for the Energy Service Corps

About Energy Service Corps

Energy Service Corps, a joint project of the California Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and AmeriCorps, works with local communities to save energy, save the environment and save money.

Energy Service Corps educates and serves local communities by educating kids and college students about the benefits of energy efficiency; surveying energy use in apartments and homes and recommending ways to cut down energy bills and save the environment; and organizing big community service projects to put these savings into action – sealing cracks in windows and doors, swapping out old lightbulbs for CFLs and other upgrades in homes, shelters and community buildings.

Our Accomplishments Last Year

  • Educated 5,300 schoolchildren K-12 and college students about energy efficiency through fun and interactive lessons
  • Completed 1,758 assessments where we pointed out major energy wasters and provided recommendations to homeowners and tenants
  • Organized 50 volunteers to participate in an Alternative Energy Spring Break where students traveled to 5 cities across the state to upgrade community buildings and conduct energy assessments for local residents

This year in the city of Davis, UC Davis Energy Service Corps aims to do 400 home energy assessments, weatherize 40 homes, and educate 3,000 students.

Getting Involved with our Campaign

Are you a student?
There are several ways to get involved from becoming an intern where you can earn course credit or transcript notation for your work or volunteering for events and tables. AmeriCorps positions are available right now for those who are interested for those working on this campaign!

Are you a professor of faculty member?
We invite you to come participate in our events, trainings, and weatherization projects! You can also help by sponsoring some of our students for their internships. Energy Service Corps will hold several events and trainings throughout the quarter and would love the expert opinions and advice of UC Davis professors and faculty.

Are you a community member?
Sign up for a free energy assessment of your home! Energy Service Corps can do a basic assessment of your home and connect you with the correct local and state programs that can help you begin saving energy and money on your utility bills.

No matter who you are, if you are interested in getting involved, please come to an info session held Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, or 5:00 PM in Memorial Union Room 356 (3rd floor). The info sessions will run through October 10th.

Contact us at ucdenergyservicecorps@gmail.com, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear the latest!

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