Energy Audit Internship Program Created at University of Idaho

Tuesday, April 13 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho students will build real-world skills helping regional businesses become more energy efficient starting this September.

The University of Idaho Sustainability Center and Environmental Science Program are partnering with the Idaho Small Business Development Center at Boise State University to fund student internships to conduct energy audits in Moscow, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.

Paid interns will work in teams to evaluate energy usage in at least 40 regional businesses. Based on their findings, teams will make recommendations for increasing energy efficiency, thereby reducing costs and energy-related carbon emissions. Carbon, or greenhouse gas, emissions are created through the burning of fossil fuels to create electricity and other forms of energy.

The internship program supports the University of Idaho's outreach and engagement efforts while providing valuable skills and connections for students.

“This program will connect the university to businesses throughout the region,” said Chris Dixon, academic adviser in the university Environmental Science Program. “Businesses will receive free audits to help them build both economic and environmental sustainability into their operations, and students will develop transferrable skills that will make them more employable. It’s a win-win opportunity.”

The internship program is funded through a grant from the Small Business Administration.

All University of Idaho students are eligible to apply for an internship, and selected students will receive training in conducting energy audits from Avista Utilities in August.

For application information, contact Alecia Hoene in the Environmental Science Program at (208) 885-6113 or

As increasing environmental awareness drives interest in sustainable practices, the University of Idaho continues to seek carbon reduction initiatives to meet the current and future needs of society and to contribute to the quality of life and the natural resources in Idaho, the nation and the world. The University of Idaho emitted 38,981 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in 2007, which equals 3.59 tons per student. The university has set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030 and has begun the work to reduce carbon emissions across operations. For more information about the university’s sustainability efforts, contact the University of Idaho Sustainability Center at or visit
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About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. The university is home to the Vandals, the 2009 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl champions. For information, visit

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit