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Net Zero Emerging Leaders grants

Delivering cost-effective energy efficiency is a long-term endeavor requiring constantly evolving solutions. To train the next generation of innovators, Energy Trust funds several internship programs, including hiring Energy Trust interns from Portland State University, Oregon Tech and other local colleges; creating opportunities for high school interns through a partnership with a local school; and helping businesses fund Strategic Energy Management Interns.

New in 2018, our Net Zero Emerging Leaders grants support interns hired by Oregon architecture firms pursuing American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment—a national initiative focused on achieving net zero energy buildings by 2030. 

Net Zero Emerging Leader intern Lindsey Naganuma is curious about the relationship between energy performance data and the design process. Through her internship at Holst Architecture, the University of Oregon dual master’s in architecture and business administration student is looking for trends in design data that better inform the firm’s processes and workflows.

A senior at Portland State University, Net Zero Emerging Leader intern Jessica Meylor is finishing her degree in environmental studies with an urban focus. She balances her studies with an internship at Otak, helping the architecture firm fulfill its AIA 2030 Commitment. Learning how to create and promote sustainable cities pulled her toward the study of architecture and a future graduate degree. 

“It has been an incredible experience to work with passionate architects who are making huge strides in the way they connect buildings with human behavior,” said Meylor.