CLEVELAND ... Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today that its participation in the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps fellowship program is assisting the company in achieving a goal of cutting electricity use and reducing annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. For the second consecutive summer, a Climate Corps fellow worked with Eaton’s supply chain management team to identify potential energy savings for the company.
“EDF’s Climate Corps’ fellowship program has proven beneficial for both Eaton and two up-and-coming business professionals,” said Rich Gorze, global commodities manager who oversees procuring global energy for Eaton and acted as the main point of contact for this year’s Climate Corps fellow, Richard Chattergoon. “As Eaton celebrates its 100-year heritage of innovation, we can offer a real-world glance at the company’s global management policies and focus on energy-efficient solutions. In tandem, Richard’s recommendations add to and align with Eaton’s Business Roundtable Climate Resolve initiative of reducing indexed greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18 percent through 2012.”
Chattergoon, a 2012 master’s of business administration (MBA) candidate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, helped assess and provide recommendations for continuous improvement in certain lighting, computer equipment and heating and cooling systems. Specifically, his recommendation included the installation of occupancy sensors and the replacement of on-site, out-dated industrial dryers to reduce energy costs at one of Eaton’s facilities. Chattergoon also explored the available rebates and tax credits to support various projects.
“Sustainability has been at the core of Eaton’s business and values for quite some time, so my tenure with the company was not spent reinventing the wheel,” said Chattergoon. “Rather, my recommendations focused on projects that aligned with Eaton’s global management goals to provide a safe and sustainable work place for employees and reduce the company’s environmental footprint. My experience will provide invaluable insight to sustainable, responsible energy practices in my next endeavor as a 2012 MBA graduate.”
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. For more information, visit edf.org.
EDF Climate Corps (edfclimatecorps.org) places specially trained master’s of business administration (MBA) and master’s of public administration (MPA) students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency. EDF Climate Corps fellows analyze energy-saving opportunities and develop custom energy efficiency investment plans that cut costs and carbon emissions. This year, 96 fellows were placed in 78 corporations, universities and cities.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.
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