Hawaii Energy Fellowships through Kupu RISE

Hawaii Energy collaborates with Kupu Hawaii to support its RISE program (Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment) this academic year from November 2015 until June 2016.  

The year-long program provides Hawaii’s college students and recent graduates with hands-on work experience in the areas of clean energy, reduction in pollution, sustainable development and greenhouse gas reduction. 

For the 2015 - 2016 year, Hawaii Energy has eight RISE fellows, working on energy-efficient efforts in the following efforts:  

  • Small Businesses & Restaurants – Fellows conduct post-installation inspections of businesses that participated in Hawaii Energy’s Small Business Direct Install Lighting (SBDIL) program.  They validate the installations have been completed as planned. 
  • Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) - Fellows work with local and mainland organizations to develop locally-based campaigns across multiple sectors with the goal of energy conservation and efficiency.
  • Clean Energy Ally Program - Fellows help recruit trade allies in the business sector to build a community across sectors to increase productivity and support efforts in energy conservation and efficiency.
  • Kamehameha Schools - Fellows assist Kamehameha Schools Sustainability Manager to coordinate the development of a new Facility Use Request System as well as educational opportunities and programming support for energy conservation and efficiency.

RISE fellows go through an extensive energy-efficiency training program conducted by Hawaii Energy covering the technical and safety aspects required to conduct proper post-installation inspections and the soft skills to work with the small business sector.  Fellows also perform real-life inspections alongside Hawaii Energy professionals and gain valuable life skills, including: 

  • Industry Expertise.  Real-world working knowledge of how to maximize energy-efficient measures as it applies to lighting and HVAC system, which can account for as much one-third of small businesses’ energy costs.
  • Accountability.  Fellows are required to complete up to 15 hours of post-installation inspections per week on behalf of Hawaii Energy, as well as submit detailed reports of their findings.
  • Interpersonal Skills. Fellows interact and forge positive working relationships with countless small business owners during the course of the one-year program. 

RISE fellows also participate in an ongoing Sustainability Seminar Series (S3) facilitated by Kupu Hawaii and their partners, where they learn soft skills, leadership training and networking tailored to the sustainability industry.

To learn more or to apply for a RISE internship, visit www.risehi.org.