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Gain real-world experience
That you can bring into your next interview. Past volunteers report their GIC experience was the biggest talking point during job interviews.
All on your own schedule
And in your own backyard. Approach businesses that you come across in your daily routine wherever you live, study, or work.
How GIC works
It’s easy to get started
1. Sign up online
Tell us a little about yourself and get started immediately.
2. Complete the training
Go through our quick, online training to learn how to conduct an energy assessment and approach businesses.
3. Get out and go
Reach out to local businesses and start conducting energy assessments on your own schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Wait, you said training, that sounds like it’s going to take a lot of time.”
Nope, you’ll be done in less than an hour and ready to complete your first energy assessment.
“But I don’t know anything about energy efficiency.”
That’s where we come in. We’ll give you all the training, tools, and support you’ll need.
“I’m not sure I’m comfortable talking to any businesses.”
Don’t worry. Most businesses are eager to receive an energy assessment from a GIC volunteer. And we’ll prepare you so you can be confident when talking with them.
“I don’t know any business owners and not sure where I’d go.”
That’s great! Volunteers report that they have the most success at businesses where they’re a frequent customer or have a friend that works there. No need to know the owner or manager beforehand.
The Power of Experiential Learning
Get out of the classroom and learn by doing
You can only learn so much in a classroom. GIC provides the perfect opportunity to learn about sustainability by going out in the real world, with real issues and making a real impact.
As a GIC Volunteer, you’ll conduct energy assessments for local businesses in your community to help them find ways to save energy. After you complete our training, you’ll use our self-training tool, called GEMS, to answer simple yes/no questions about the business and how they use energy. As questions are answered, GEMS automatically compiles a report for the business providing recommendations to save energy. On average, the whole thing takes about 20 minutes and identifies 20% in energy savings.
of GIC volunteers report that their experience has advanced their career or help them get a job in the green field
Get to know some past GIC Volunteers:
“I had a great time volunteering with GIC. It was a great way to make connections in the community and to get people thinking about the impact they can have on the environment.”
“I’ve learned through GIC that even in the smallest businesses, there are so many actions that can be taken to reduce energy usage. Something as small as task lighting or computer sleep timers go such a long way!”
“It’s so exciting to be part of GIC because I know I’m helping local businesses in my community save energy and they might not get that help otherwise.”