We’ve written a lot about what Energy Savers does. Now, we want to share a little about who we are.
It’s been quite a year for the Energy Savers program. Early on, we surpassed a milestone of retrofitting more than 10,000 apartment units (we’re up to more than 12,000 units now) in the Chicago metropolitan area with energy efficiency improvements, but we couldn’t have accomplished this without our greatest asset: the adept Energy Savers team. We grew this year, adding nine new folks to our Energy Savers ranks.
Several members of our Energy Savers team come to CNT Energy as part of the Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program (named after the alumni class of 1955). The program offers Princeton graduates a pathway to work for the public interest with a goal to bring about change and foster a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. For the last ten years, CNT Energy has been a “feeder” organization for the project, offering graduates a one-year position to help advance our mission of promoting urban sustainability and the more effective use of existing resources and community assets.
We find that the fellows tend to stay with us longer than one year, and we love it. CNT Energy currently has two Project 55 Fellows in our ranks: Nathan Brown, an energy analyst, has been here for one year, and Andrew Kinaci, senior energy analyst, has been here for two years. Jayne Choi, senior energy analyst, joined us in 2010 as a fellow, and we wished her well this month as she left to pursue a master’s degree in architecture.
Our fellows our fully integrated into our CNT Energy team as regular employees, and are not limited to energy analysis; Jayne, for example, has also worked on policy projects to advance energy efficiency initiatives in the state, and Andrew is also working on business development for the organization. Our current fellows chose CNT Energy because of a combined interest in affordable housing, environmental justice, and impact.
According to the Project 55 website, in over 20 years, the Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program has placed more than 1200 young alumni at more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the country.