Wanted: Women With Energy Management Ideas

Schneider Electric wants to know how today’s students envision the energy solutions of tomorrow–female ones in particular. The global energy management company recently announced its Go Green in the City case competition scheduled for Paris this June.

The challenge will take place in eight countries–Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, Turkey, and the USA–and will target over 80 universities. It is expected to involve around 240,000 students, all told.

Go Green in the City

image via Schneider Electric

In order to compete, student teams of two–at least one of which must be female– need to submit “viable energy-management solutions” for five sectors critical to the operation of urban centers: home, university, retail, water and hospital.

Around 200 internships will be available for participants whose submissions are deemed innovative, and the 25 best teams will be flown to Paris in June to compete in the final round of judging. The winning team will then travel the world, “VIP-style,” with Schneider Electric, visiting facilities, networking with employees and high-level management–and furthermore, will be offered jobs with the company.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.