Iv worked at ICAST as volunteer, then intern, and now as a full-time employee. What I like most about ICAST and its programs is that they strategy in making the most impact possible not only works, its lasting! All together, its great working here, because we get to see positive improvements on society, the environment, and the economy all at the same time!
I have been working with iCAST part time for the past half year. It is fun and a excellent learning experience, not only about professional financial area which I worked in but also about the community supports and efforts in the new energy area from iCAST.
The first mega project I worked with was 5 local biofuel companies. They intended to roll-up and either went public or private. So the work I did was to make financial statements roll-up analysis for the 5 companies and to create the financial model for evaluation to figure out the best interest for the companies. Because I never touched the financial modeling and evaluation of a company, I had no idea what to do at first. But Ravi, the president of the organization, taught me from the very start of the project. I could not learn so much without his help. After the project, I had better understanding of valuation under DCF model and knew well of setting deal structures.
I have been involved with iCAST for over two years in different capacities. iCAST does an excellent job of aligning with their mission of providing triple bottom line solutions to disadvantaged communities. A few examples of successful projects include; micro-hydro studies, bio-energy projects, and waste utilization projects.
ICAST has provided excellent training opportunities to myself as well as a co-worker or two. Their work with industry partners has made training and acquiring certifications a relatively easy process.
They have worked with my co-worker in terms of scheduling and course accessibility to provide him with much needed additional professional training.
Being a part of iCAST has been a great and rewarding experience. I have learned a lot about technologies that can really have an impact for communities and our world, and I've also been able to see how partnerships among different governments, organizations and universities can work to provide new knowledge and opportunities for all involved. The mission iCAST has to assist disadvantaged and low-income communities particularly resonates with me, as I grew up in poverty. iCAST not only cares about the health of the planet, but the souls of those who inhabit it by working as an advocate for those who are too often left behind by the system. They also work within the system to make positive change. I am happy to be part of this work!
iCAST gives back to the community in many ways. It provides students with the opportunity to contribute to real world solutions in business, renewable energy, engineering situations, energy efficiency and waste stream management both benefitting the communities they serve and increasing the students ability to find work. it provides companies and farmers the technical assistance to assist in the development of their economic sustainability. It provides green jobs training for many of our nations unemployed and underemployed. And it provides energy audits and weatherization of low income housing, government agencies and non-profit organizations in order to save energy and lower utility costs.
I am working with iCAST on a Sustainability Planning project for a local community with their role being the coordinator for the overall sustainability plan while my role is focused on the transportation aspects. I find iCAST to be a refreshingly innovative and out-of-the-box thinker as an organization (especially as a non-profit). They are not like a typical consulting outfit that wants to do their study and get paid. The staff cares about their work and wants to make an impact in the community.