Ecova Helps Train Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps

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Ecova Helps Train Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps

New class of EDF Climate Corps fellows will use training to develop strategic energy efficiency programs for leading organizations

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, today announced its participation in and support of Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps. As the organizer of this year's EDF Climate Corps Training, Ecova is playing an integral role in educating the fellows on sustainability, climate change and energy efficiency program management strategies and implementation. Following training, EDF Climate Corps fellows will spend the summer in companies, cities and universities as dedicated energy problem solvers. On average, fellows have found $1 million in energy-saving opportunities for host organizations.

"Ecova is proud to train this new wave of energy pioneers to overcome the organizational barriers that prevent energy efficiency," said Bob Zak, senior vice president, facility solutions, Ecova. "As organizations look to reduce operating costs and environmental impact, energy consumption is a natural place to analyze for savings opportunities. We're excited to see how these fellows apply their fresh perspective and specialized training."

Ecova's training includes elements from the Ecova Blueprint™, a framework for total energy and sustainability management (TESM). The Blueprint, built on five Keystones, is a holistic approach to energy and sustainability management designed to increase the bottom line and drive financial success while doing good - for customers, employees and the environment. The framework will serve as a guide to the fellows as they are working to develop proactive, strategic and actionable TESM plans for leading organizations.

"EDF Climate Corps transforms the way organizations use energy today, while providing students with the skills and experience to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow," said Victoria Mills, managing director for EDF Climate Corps. "With Ecova's help, we will equip our EDF fellows to tackle energy and environmental challenges at all levels this summer and throughout their careers."

Ecova developed its approach to training based on more than a decade of client engagement, including work with 21 percent of the Fortune 500, 700 commercial and industrial organizations and 50 utility partners. Ecova has worked with organizations like Arby's, Burgerville, Dell, and many utilities to implement energy efficiency and savings programs.

"EDF recognizes the organizational barriers that often get in the way of implementing effective energy efficiency management," said Zak. "This EDF Climate Corps training will bring our experience blending technical, financial and organizational change expertise in energy efficiency to a wide variety of organizations."

About Ecova

Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company whose sole purpose is to see more, save more, and sustain more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations. Ecova is the largest non-regulated subsidiary of Avista Corp (NYS: AVA) . For more information, visit the company's website at, on LinkedIn at, or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.

Wendy Carhart, 503-621-7782

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