Ingersoll-Rand PLC : Ingersoll Rand Hosts Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellows for Third Consecutive Year to Strengthen the Energy-Efficiency Business Case
06/06/2012| 09:15am US/Eastern
MBA students will conduct projects aimed at lowering the company's
carbon footprint, reducing energy usage and identifying customers'
plc (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating and sustaining safe,
comfortable and efficient environments, will participate for the third
consecutive year in the Environmental
Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps, an innovative summer fellowship
program. Ingersoll Rand's Center for Energy Efficiency and
Sustainability (CEES) will host D. Chad Reed, an MBA graduate of Johns
Hopkins University, and Deepak Jose, an MBA student from George
Washington University. Both EDF fellows will work on projects that build
the business case for energy efficiency.
Working out of Ingersoll Rand's Davidson, N.C. corporate center, Reed
will survey customers to identify their sustainability needs; evaluate
the business case for increasing the number of employees with LEED®
Professional and Certified Environmental Manager (CEM) credentials; and
develop case study analyses of volunteer Green Teams. Jose will
identify, prioritize and implement selected projects for Ingersoll
Rand's Trane facility in Tyler, Texas. The goal is to boost the
efficiency of energy-consuming processes in primary manufacturing and
other functional areas and prepare for ISO5001 and SEP
certification. Both fellows will also continue to participate in some of
Ingersoll Rand's energy audit projects.
EDF Climate Corps places specially trained MBA students in leading
companies to develop practical, actionable energy efficiency plans. This
collaborative program provides fellows with hands-on experience, enables
companies to connect with universities on the forefront of research and
technology, and helps build bridges between business and environmental
interests. Fellows are methodically matched with companies and work on
projects that address energy efficiency, sustainability and business
"We are pleased to be working with Ingersoll Rand for the third
consecutive year," said Victoria Mills, Managing Director at EDF.
"Building on the findings of previous EDF Climate Corps fellows, the
company is now leveraging the program to develop energy efficiency
projects that can deliver systemic and lasting reductions in energy
costs and greenhouse gas reductions."
In 2011, as part of Ingersoll Rand's expanded energy audit program, two
EDF Climate Corps fellows tackled projects focused on HVAC, compressed
air systems, process heating, and other manufacturing processes. They
identified potential savings of 5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of
energy, 4,000 metric tons (t) of carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions, and a total savings of $1.6 million over the lifetime of the
"EDF Climate Corps fellows are making an important contribution to our
overall sustainability strategy by bringing a fresh outlook, excellent
educational credentials and a proactive approach to the advancement of
energy efficiency," said W. Scott Tew, executive director, CEES. "We are
progressing from analysis to action as each year's fellows advance the
work of their predecessors. In addition to the environmental
improvements in our own operations, we benefit from supporting EDF in
its efforts to engage corporate America in managing energy more
Since the EDF Climate Corps program began in 2008, fellows have helped
business and industry uncover efficiencies in lighting, computer
equipment and heating and cooling systems that can:
Cut 1.6 billion kWh hours of electricity use and 27 million therms of
natural gas annually, equivalent to the annual energy use of 88,000
Avoid more than 1 million t of CO2 emissions annually,
equivalent to the annual emissions of 200,000 passenger vehicles; and
Save $1 billion in net operational costs over the project lifetimes.
Ingersoll Rand operates more than 70 manufacturing sites worldwide and
has a goal to reduce energy use by 25 percent by 2019 as part of the
U.S. Department of Energy's Save Energy Now Leader program.
'LEED' is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is
used by permission.
About EDF Climate Corps
EDF Climate Corps (edfclimatecorps.org)
places specially trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and
universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. During
the course of a 10-12 week summer engagement, EDF Climate Corps fellows
analyze energy-saving opportunities and develop custom energy-efficiency
investment plans that cut costs and carbon emissions. Sign
up to receive emails about EDF Climate Corps or see
facebook.com/EDFClimateCorps and twitter.com/EDFCC.
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining
safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential
and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands - including
Club Car®, Hussmann®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane®
- work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and
buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and
commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and
efficiency. The Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at
Ingersoll Rand is a global group of experts dedicated to integrating
best practices for the long-term use of energy and other resources.
Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable
business practices within our company and for our customers. For more
information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.
Christopher Tessier, 704-877-7216
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