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What companies support clean technology and share IT roles?

Hi! I'm looking to enter IT. An industry I discovered is clean technology.
Clean technology means environmentally-friendly or energy efficient power use.

Are there any midwest American companies that have information technology departments and care about sustainability or energy stuff? If so, what are the companies looking for from IT college students?

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Peter’s Answer

Companies running sizable data centers, such as AWS, Microsoft, and Google, typically employ dedicated IT teams focused on energy consumption. These businesses are consistently keen on embracing greener technologies, as they help reduce operational costs. However, designing, developing, and constructing such facilities can be quite challenging due to their high costs and infrequency, as well as the difficulty in making changes after completion. Companies with many own buildings (e.g. Apple) are also in interested in those are but they tends to be more constrained if they cannot change due to physical limitations. It's essential to evaluate if this aligns with your vision. hope this help.
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Rick’s Answer

I agree with Peter's answer, but another option to consider is working for an electric utility. Power companies around the nation, including the midwest, are making massive investments to transition their electricity generation fleet toward low- to zero-carbon sources. Technology integration is a key part of this transition and there are many opportunities for IT and technology professionals. Electric utilities have a ripple effect on overall economywide decarbonization - when they transition to low- and zero-carbon resources to generate power, it reduces emissions from other sectors of the economy, especially when they electrify their energy needs.
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Claire’s Answer

Chiara, your enthusiasm for this field is truly inspiring! Rick's insights on electric utilities are spot on, and I'd like to add that numerous consulting firms also hire clean energy technical support, DNV being one of them. Don't forget to explore opportunities with renewable energy companies as well.

Moreover, many companies, although not directly involved in clean energy, have dedicated sustainability departments or clean energy objectives. It's worth digging into these companies, reading their sustainability reports, and exploring their websites. Depending on the company they could have a team of folks working on sustainability, or just a couple.

When it comes to what these companies are seeking, strong quantitative skills, a grasp of energy/financial data and analysis, and some hands-on experience, like an internship or project that demonstrates your passion in this field, can give you an edge. A wonderful starting point could be programs like AmeriCorps. I personally participated in an AmeriCorps program (like this one in Michigan) right after college, and it was a fantastic experience. Here's the link to the MI one: https://www.michigan.gov/leo/boards-comms-councils/mcsc/nfr/mi-climate-corps-funding

Wishing you all the best on your journey!
Thank you comment icon I love these tips so much! Thank you so much, Claire! Chiara
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Carole’s Answer

Hello Chiara,

Hewlett Packard Enterprise takes pride in its robust Sustainability strategy, which includes an effective energy efficiency program. To get a comprehensive understanding of our initiatives, I recommend you peruse our Living Progress Report available at this link: https://www.hpe.com/us/en/living-progress.html

On another note, we do provide internship opportunities for college students, which could be a great step for your career. You can find more information about these opportunities in our "students" section on the careers page: https://careers.hpe.com/us/en/students.

Wishing you all the best in your career pursuits,
Carole
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