Tompkins Energy Conservation Corps
Passionate about solving climate change?
Want to build a clean & just energy future?
Interested in working with the most influential leaders in Tompkins County?
The Tompkins Energy Conservation Corps is seeking Work-Study-eligible students, Cornell Tradition Scholars, or volunteers to apply for the summer. Launched last summer as a pilot program, the Corps’ mission is to dramatically expand residential energy efficiency, strengthening local self-sufficiency, and reducing carbon emissions – with an innovative approach for social marketing of home energy retrofits. Corps members will conduct energy assessments on the homes of formal and informal leaders, including some of the most influential people in Tompkins County. This initiative will be replicated in communities across Central New York.
Seeking applicants with experience or interest in climate change, energy conservation and renewable energy, public policy, social entrepreneurship, green buildings, social marketing, community development, new media, youth development, and/or economic justice.
Internship is 30-40 hours per week, $10 per hour (dependent upon work-study award).
To learn how to apply or for more information, contact:
About this project: Multiple teams of 2-3 Energy Corps members will do energy inspections in the homes of community leaders and follow-up with recommendations for energy improvement. Teams will share educational materials with leaders and explain the benefits of a community-scale energy efficiency retrofit program. Energy Corps members will conduct home energy assessments (inspecting appliances and lighting, heating systems, and performing blower door tests) and meet with leaders to explain recommendations and educational materials.
A good fit for: People interested in learning more about home energy efficiency. Helpful skills: Good communication skills and confidence in talking with community leaders.
Youth and Community Engagement
About this project: A team of 2-4 Energy Corps members will work with youth and community groups to collect & process home energy bills, distribute reports, and share educational materials with youth and residents. The goal is to expand a county-wide database of energy data. The "benchmarking" energy bill report allows homeowners to compare their energy efficiency to similar homes.
A good fit for: People who enjoy working with youth and community groups and talking with the public about the importance of energy efficiency and benchmarking, and/or strong organizational ability.
Website and Educational Materials Development
About this project: A team of 1-3 Energy Corps members will finalize leadership & community educational materials and develop a website for the Energy Corps programs (Leadership Education, Youth/Community, Local Government).
A good fit for: People interested in web design and/or with experience with Google sites, interest in researching content for websites, interest in researching the role of local governments in energy efficiency, excellent writing, proofreading, and research skills, and/or experience with website design or collaborative online tools.
About this project: A team of 1-2 Energy Corps members will develop a series of videos of community leaders talking about the importance of energy efficiency, and recording trainings. Responsibilities would include contacting and interviewing leaders, editing videos, and uploading final product to the web.
A good fit for: People with digital recording or video editing skills, and/or strong communication skills and interest in interviewing leaders.
Local Government Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
(607) 272-2292 (office)
(315) 420-7801 (cell)