The Alliance PowerSave Campus program empowers college students to be tomorrow’s energy efficiency leaders. Currently employing over 100 interns each year, the program engages students in building pathways to green careers, realizing measurable energy savings, infusing energy and energy efficiency concepts into academic curricula, and promoting energy efficiency awareness. PowerSave Campus interns work closely with faculty, staff, administrators, and other students to engage them in energy efficiency projects.
PowerSave Campus Goals
The Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus program is a student-led initiative that educates the campus community on energy efficiency, achieves energy savings, and encourages the next generation of energy efficiency professionals by:
- Building pathways to green careers through trainings, mentorships, internships, volunteer opportunities, and project-based learning;
- Realizing measurable energy savings through research into and implementation of energy efficiency best practices, educational campaigns, and facilitation of retrofits;
- Infusing energy and energy efficiency concepts into academic curricula; and
- Promoting energy efficiency outreach through educational campaigns.
PowerSave Campus Structure and Resources
- PowerSave Campus interns work closely with administrators, faculty, and staff to create a strategic plan that addresses each of the program’s goals and is uniquely tailored to the needs, challenges, and strengths of their school.
- PowerSave Campus is a student-driven program; each PowerSave Campus school has funding for 40 hours of intern time per week.
- The Alliance to Save Energy recruits, selects, and oversees between three and six interns per campus; with supervision from Alliance staff, and input from campus staff, these interns are primarily responsible for the day-to-day implementation of PowerSave Campus at their school.
- The Alliance supports PowerSave Campus interns through continuous remote consultation, regular on-campus visits, and biannual program-wide convergences.
- Interns at PowerSave Campus schools have an operating budget that they use to secure space for events, incentivize student conservation, and purchase new metering equipment.
PowerSave Campus Rationale
- Educational campaigns can result in significant energy savings by changing behaviors and purchasing decisions.
- Students are effective advocates on college campus, able to reach their peers and high-level decision makers.
- Students can offer valuable assistance in greening campus operating procedures; student research can defer information gathering costs inherent in switching from conventional to more sustainable practices.
- PowerSave Campus enriches students' educational experience while allowing them to take more responsibility for campus operations.