Rueil-Malmaison (France), June 25, 2012 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, welcomed in Paris for the second consecutive year, from June 20 to June 23, the 50 finalists of its innovative challenge, Go Green in the City. Marcellye Miranda (Universida Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Igor Soares (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil) were awarded winners during the final, held at the Group headquarters for their idea “Green Light”.
Gathered in Paris for three days, the finalists, originating from Germany, Brazil, China, USA, France, India, Russia Turkey and Poland, presented through case studies, viable solutions in energy management, for one of the following five essential urban issues: home, retail, hospital, university and water. In France, SKEMA Business School and Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University participated in this grand finale.
"I congratulate the winners of Go Green in the City 2012, for their innovative idea for more effectively managing energy in the city”, said Karen Ferguson, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources, Schneider Electric. ”This competition reflects Schneider Electric’s ambition to educate younger generations in the current global energy challenge and allows us to create a strong link with the young potentials who will influence the future of energy management, where the core strengths of our company will have an important impact.”
During the final event in Paris the 50 students, of which 28 are women, had the opportunity during this trip to mingle with the jury, comprising senior leaders from Schneider Electric. The finalists were also interviewed for an internship, which if granted, can result in a permanent employment offer. The two winners of Go Green in the City 2012 won a trip around the world in which they will visit Schneider Electric facilities and will network with employees, high level management and senior executives. Furthermore, they will be offered a job.
More than 550 teams representing 1,100 candidates from nine countries participated in this year’s challenge. The two first editions of Go Green in the City have been greatly appreciated by the student population. Scheduled to be held for three consecutive years, the challenge aims to strengthen its reputation every year through the systematic success of the previous year’s challenge.
From left to right, the runner team, Cansu Çelik and Hasan Erdem Harman (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey), the winning team, Marcellye Miranda and Igor Soare, the runner team ex aequo, Chih-Ting Kuo and Xinyu Zhang (University of Illinois Urban-Champaign, USA).
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As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.