Hello! My name is Jennifer Cole and I am excited to be part of the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps program this summer, matched to work with North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light. I have just graduated with my Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke, and I have a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in energy and water sustainability. I will be starting my PhD in environmental psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall. My interests lie at the intersection of sustainability and behavioral science, and I am excited to explore how this intersects with NCIPL’s work.
Through my career I seek to engage as many individuals and organizations in sustainability and climate mitigation as possible, which is why it’s perfect for me to work with NCIPL this summer. I can’t wait to hep NCIPL work towards the goal of responding to climate change with hope, to meet our moral imperative of protecting the environment. Climate change is the largest problem faced by our generation, and if we act quickly, we can overcome it – but we need as many hands on deck as possible. I look forward to working with everyone in the NCIPL network this summer!
I will be working on engaging and empowering congregations to improve their energy efficiency by entering and analyzing their energy data in the TEAM Spirit database. This is a congregation energy data management platform managed in collaboration with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. The data gathered through this system will help NCIPL and NCSEA advise congregations on how to improve their energy efficiency. If you or anyone you know is involved in a congregation in NC that wants to improve its energy efficiency (or a congregation that doesn’t know the importance of energy efficiency yet), please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org