A Place of Learning

April 19, 2011 at 12:07 am 1 comment

Whenever I go to workshops, I refer to Clean Energy Durham as a learning organization.  That is why we value your feedback and suggestions about our programs—in fact, they are vital to our growth and success as an organization.  In addition to learning from workshop participants, we know that you all as neighbors are learning from each other.  Back at the office, we are doing our own research on home energy savings, and we are constantly engaged in a learning exchange with local college students.  In the past year we have interacted with students in a number of ways.

In the summer and fall of 2010, we hosted 3 students from Duke’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative.  These students performed market research, which helped us to develop the Energy Mart, a program that has allowed us to sell weatherizing supplies at our workshops at the same cost you would pay at your local building supply store.  We hope the saved trip to a hardware store will result in more energy-saving projects done in your homes.  We enhanced our services, and the students got some real-world work experience.

In the past several months we have been working with 2 Fuqua On Board students, who are helping us to prepare the business end of taking our model beyond Durham.  We have one student from the Sanford School of Public Policy serving on our board of directors, and one student from the Nicholas School serving on our board’s Strategic Business Planning Committee.

Another student from the Sanford School of Public Policy has been volunteering on a regular basis to build our new database.  Another Masters in Environmental Management student from the Nicholas school has been researching the individual energy savings impact of the projects we teach.

One Duke undergraduate has come to the office on a weekly basis to help with important tasks that arise but which we don’t always have the resources to complete.

Since September 2010, we have hosted an intern and a fellow from North Carolina Central University.  They have been valuable members of our team, and the fellow is about to being the second half of her fellowship, in which she will take the Clean Energy Durham model to Warren County.

We at Clean Energy Durham are proud of our status as a mutually beneficial learning environment for our staff, our neighbors, our board, and our students.


Entry filed under: Events, Volunteers.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ann Deupree  |  April 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for telling us about this very creative way to utilize the talent in our community. It’s a win/win effort for everyone.

    Makes me wonder how our group, South Durham Green Neighbors, could tap in to this human resource?


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