MIT CoLab Offers Free Efficiency Assistance to City EDOs

February 5, 2013 | MIT CoLab

The MIT CoLab Green Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) is seeking city and regional economic development organizations (EDOs) and/or sustainability offices that are interested in receiving training and technical assistance to develop an Energy Efficiency Market Transformation Strategy.

The Strategy will focus on growing markets for energy efficiency services in the commercial building sector. It will identify opportunities to increase demand for efficiency, and develop business and workforce capacity.

The Energy Efficiency Market Transformation Strategy project is informed by GEDI’s recent work with the City of Minneapolis’ Department of Economic Development and Community Planning, to develop a strategy to grow their operational energy savings sector

GEDI will guide city EDOs through a similar process, to identify the strongest opportunities to grow their local market. Cities will benefit from shared learning between a cohort of practitioners, MIT staff and student research, and a proven process for local market transformation.

GEDI’s services will be provided free of charge. Participating EDOs are asked to commit a staff person one day a week between April and August 2013. 

Learn more about this opportunity hereGEDI will be accepting applications until March 11, 2013

GEDI is a project of the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a center for planning and development within MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. GEDI works with EDOs on applied action learning, seeking to integrate environmental sustainability and social justice into the economic development field.

A similar announcementwas made on CoLab Radio – check it out!

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