By Megan Rast, 2010 EDF Climate Corps fellow at eBay Inc., MBA candidate at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Member of Net Impact
My summer as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow making the business case for energy efficiency and carbon reduction at eBay Inc. has officially come to an end. Despite my uncertainty of finding low-hanging fruit in energy efficiency at an environmental-leader like eBay, I found my stride and was able to calculate the energy savings of a number of computer power management solutions. Thanks to this project, and a few smaller projects on facility upgrades, I was able to “dig in” and provide recommendations that will be implemented across eBay Inc.
Through my success working on computer power management at eBay, I found four key takeaways for working on sustainability and energy efficiency:
- Be Introduced Widely Across the Company. During my first week at eBay Inc., my supervisor set up introductory meetings for me far and wide across workplace resources, information technology, data center strategy, finance, procurement and corporate communications. As I started my internship, I focused on projects related to eBay’s facilities and data centers, and did not initially work with the other groups I had met. However, thanks to these introductions, IT remembered my skillset, and approached me in mid-July to analyze the energy savings of a variety of options already under consideration. Our initial meeting was necessary in connecting organizational needs to the resources and skillset I provided. Read more