Nixon Peabody Participates in EDF Climate Corps

Innovative Summer Fellowship Focuses on Improving Energy Efficiency

June 18, 2012 // Franchising.com // Boston, MA. -  Nixon Peabody LLP is the first law firm to participate in EDF Climate Corps (edfclimatecorps.org), an innovative summer fellowship program developed by the Environmental Defense Fund that places specially trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. This year, EDF has placed 98 fellows in 88 organizations, including corporate leaders such as Adidas, Au Bon Pain, Dunkin’ Brands, Ernst & Young, Facebook, J.P. Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, Staples, and Xerox.

EDF Fellow Jeanette Yee will be working with Nixon Peabody Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan through early August to develop a firm wide energy management plan. Her objective is to quantify in dollars the amount of money that can be saved by making more efficient energy choices and develop a toolkit for future energy savings. EDF estimates that $108B is spent on commercial building energy each year; in just the first five years of the Climate Corps program it has identified $1.1B in energy cost savings.

“For our firm, hiring a Climate Corps fellow is a great way to fast-track our efforts to demonstrate the financial and environmental benefits of investing in energy efficiency,” said Carolyn Kaplan, Nixon Peabody Chief Sustainability Officer. “We liked the idea of developing a customized energy plan to help us prioritize investments for our existing space and provide guidance as we consider renovations and lease renewals. We’re looking forward to a productive summer.”

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