Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellowship

Application deadlines: December 6, 2016 and January 6, 2017.

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps places graduate students in companies, cities, and universities to build and deliver customized energy management strategies and solutions. Working directly with staff from operations, finance and sustainability departments, EDF Climate Corps fellows spend 10-12 weeks as energy problem solvers and organizational change agents.

Participating host organizations are at different points along the path of developing an overall greenhouse gas and energy management strategy. Depending on the host’s needs and opportunities, EDF Climate Corps fellowships can focus on a wide range of projects, from developing specific energy investment recommendations, to broader strategy work such as goal setting or employee engagement. Each fellow is uniquely matched with a host organization based on the organization type and project focus, and the fellow’s unique skills and experience.

EDF Climate Corps is a one-of-a-kind fellowship that will give you invaluable on-the-ground experience in driving environmentally-focused initiatives from within an organization. In addition, EDF Climate Corps allows fellows to grow their network of sustainability professionals exponentially with established relationships with 100+ other fellows, EDF Climate Corps alumni, EDF experts and contacts at host organizations to help you throughout your career.

Selected duties may include:

  1. Developing a baseline of the organization’s existing energy usage through gathering detailed data on current energy consumption, interviews with key employees and outside vendors and professional energy audits.
  2. Identifying, analyzing and prioritizing energy efficiency and energy management opportunities.
  3. Modeling the financial and environmental impact, cost savings and performance enhancements of energy investments in various building systems
  4. Presenting the business case for new programs, strategic goals and initiatives, and energy investments to senior management and aligning with the organization’s broader values, priorities and objectives.
  5. Advising on overall greenhouse gas management and sustainability strategies, including how to implement new initiatives and technologies and educate, engage and drive behavioral and operational change amongst building occupants.
  6. Creating models or tools to support energy management decision making or benchmarking.

Applications are usually accepted in December and/or January of each year. 

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When we were young, we had trouble seeing the cattle in the grassland. Now we can see the mice.
— Chinese farmers as quoted in The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb