Prior to Conservation Corps, Ben Rabe had taken only one environmentally focused undergraduate class and didn’t know much about energy efficiency. Now, Ben holds a Master’s Degree in International Energy Policy, is a Certified Energy Manager with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and works as a Senior Policy Associate for Fresh Energy. “Conservation Corps shaped my studies and my current career,” said Ben.
Ben was part of Conservation Corps’ Home Energy Squad from 2009-2010. In partnership with the Neighborhood Energy Connection and Xcel Energy, Ben and his fellow crew members would do mini-audits and energy saving installations in East Metro homes. Devices they would install included; compact fluorescent lightbulbs, water heater blankets, low-flow aerators and shower heads, weather stripping for exterior doors and programmable thermostats. Ben served with the first of two Home Energy Squads, which eventually grew to 12! His fellow ‘squad-members’ became life-long friends. Ben is getting married this September, and one of his friends from the Corps is an usher and another is officiating the ceremony!
Today, Ben is busy defending policies that improve building energy efficiency. A typical day may include prepping legislative members on talking points, testifying at committee hearings and writing documents to communicate policies to the public.
Thank you, Ben, for all of your hard work to improve energy efficiency in Minnesota!