The 2020 Go Green Initiative Interns Are Like No Other, Because 2020 Is A Year Like No Other.

This summer, the Go Green Initiative hosted two virtual internships, conducted entirely over Zoom. One set of interns was made up entirely of Pleasanton residents, and the other employed students from Compton, Hayward, Newark, and Oakland, CA; and Sangamon Valley, IL. 

Pleasanton Internship

The Pleasanton interns studied water conservation in their hometown. Out of 91 applicants, 38 interns were hired to work virtually to research and produce two deliverables: a water conservation outreach campaign and a full-length documentary called Hometown Water.

This Outreach Campaign is formulated to help Pleasanton residents and businesses understand why it is important to conserve water even when Pleasanton is not in a drought. The campaign targets easy water conservation strategies, such as indoor and outdoor water fixes, and also addresses how to cut down on daily virtual water use (through a vegan diet, buying local, etc.). It will be available for download soon on the Go Green Initiative website.

Multi-City Internship

The second multi-city internship was focused on energy use in schools. Interns not only assessed their school’s energy use, but also created presentations and reports to educate their school community about energy saving techniques.

Out of 21 applicants, 16 interns were selected for the virtual internship. Interns not only assessed their school’s energy use, but also created presentations and reports to educate their school community about energy saving techniques. They identified areas where energy could be easily saved and reported on various practices their schools could use to save energy.

By the end of the seven-week internship, interns had learned how to use Energy Star Portfolio Manager, conduct a walk-through energy audit of their school, use a P3 4400 Kill A Watt device to calculate the monthly cost of electronics, read an energy bill, and help their high school strive for Energy Star Certification.

We Are So Proud

The Go Green Initiative is extremely proud of the work our interns were able to deliver despite the unprecedented circumstances 2020 posed. The 2020 summer internships not only provided students with the opportunity to learn and develop skills, but also gave them the chance to positively impact their own communities.

 

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About Author

Claire Armstrong is a student at UC Davis. She is an English major, and is passionate about environmental issues and human rights. Claire is a member of the UC Davis Zero Waste and Sustainability club, and enjoys playing with her foster kittens in her spare time. She is really excited to be a part of the Go Green Initiative!