In 2011, Ingersoll Rand partnered with the EDF Climate Corps for the second consecutive year, with a focus on finding savings in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), compressed air systems, process heating and other manufacturing processes. This strategic teaming advances Ingersoll Rand’s goal to reduce energy usage by 25 percent from 2009 to 2019, a commitment the company made as a partner in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program (formerly known as Save Energy Now Leader program).
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works to find innovative ways to solve major environmental issues, advocating for financial success along with stewardship. Established in 1967, the EDF combines science, economics, partnerships and nonpartisan relationships to build a bridge between business and environmental interests. Through the EDF Climate Corps, top energy-focused MBA students work at Fortune 1000 companies in the United States. Ingersoll Rand supports this collaborative program, which gives students practical experience, enables companies to connect with and learn from universities on the forefront of research and technology, and helps companies identify potential energy savings.
Ingersoll Rand, through its Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) in Davidson, N.C., welcomed EDF Climate Corps fellows from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. The two fellows spent three months working with teams at Ingersoll Rand production facilities in Charlotte, N.C., Augusta, Ga., Columbia, S.C., Princeton, Ill., and Minneapolis, Minn., applying frontline academic insights to energy reduction projects.
As part of Ingersoll Rand’s expanded energy audit program, the two 2011 Climate Corps MBA fellows identified potential savings of 5 million kilowatts of energy, 4,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, and savings of $1.6 million in energy costs. Projects and outcomes included:
- Creating a tool that expedites energy auditing and understanding of financial impacts of energy savings projects
- Evaluating key energy efficiency certification programs and how to get certified
- Facility benchmarking for ongoing, more efficient equipment usage
“The EDF Climate Corps program is helping us reach our goal to reduce energy usage by 25 percent by 2019, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program,” said Dave Sordi, manager, Environmental Engineering, Ingersoll Rand. “The expertise, dedication and insights the EDF fellows brought to us were outstanding. We strongly support this program due to the extensive knowledge-sharing opportunities that Climate Corps affords our business, and because we support the EDF on the shared aim of helping businesses be more competitive while becoming more energy efficient.”
For more on this and other sustainability success stories, visit the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) website.