Environmental Sustainability Internship – Energy Management
The goal of the City of Falls Church Environmental Sustainability department is to accelerate the City’s transition to an environmentally sustainable future by measuring and lowering the City’s reliance on fossil fuels and serving as a resource to strengthen governmental and community based environmental programs. Energy management in City Operations is an important part of the City’s sustainability program. We are looking for an intern to complete a project entering public building energy use data into the EPA’s EnergySTAR on-line energy management tool. The intern will also develop reports to enable building users to prioritize actions to reduce energy use.
Falls Church is an independent city six miles from the nation’s capital. It is small in area (2.2 square miles) and population (~14,000). The city is known for its urban village community, quality customer service, nationally ranked school system, environmental activism, and endless community activities.
• Collect and enter data for key public buildings into EnergySTAR tool;
• Upload energy use data for each building;
• Develop energy use reports for each building;
• Analyze data to determine effective energy use reduction strategies for each building, and
• Report and present data to City operations and management staff.
The internship will also offer the opportunity to attend regional environmental meetings on energy-related topics. Depending on the needs of the City and the interests of the intern, there may also be opportunities for outdoor work such as conducting water quality monitoring or tree inventory data collection, working with City Operations staff in green space maintenance, participating in volunteer activities such as tree planting and habitat restoration, or conducting outreach on environmental issues at the City’s Farmers Market and special events.
Applicants must be comfortable using Microsoft Excel for data processing and reporting, and able to learn to use an internet-based data collection and processing program. Meticulous attention to detail is required.
Hours: Flexible, 20 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks in May, June or July.