Climate Corps India Program
EDF's Work in India
For more than a decade, EDF has supported India’s shift to a prosperous, healthy, low-carbon economy. Working in close collaboration with on-the-ground partners including government officials, businesses, academia, NGOs and others in civil society, EDF has implemented innovative solutions that demonstrate how low-carbon economic development can deliver tangible near-term benefits ranging from cleaner air to stronger rural economies.
Real-world sustainability experience
Climate Corps recruits and trains graduate students from a wide range of programs and embeds them in leading organizations around the world for 8-12 weeks during the summer. Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than 1,500 graduate students have been placed in more than 600 leading organizations spanning the U.S., China and India. Climate Corps fellows join the active and growing alumni network of 3,000 former fellows and host representatives.
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What Climate Corps looks for
Climate Corps seeks graduate students with analytical and project management backgrounds who are excited to make an impact through climate and energy projects. Fellows are chosen for their ability to conduct technical and financial analyses, manage projects, communicate effectively, and help facilitate organizational change.
Climate Corps India
Climate Corps introduced its world-class fellowship program to India in 2021, placing 17 fellows from Indian post-graduate programs to advance net zero strategy, tackle sustainable supply chain challenges and uncover renewable energy opportunities at Amazon, ITC Limited, Mahindra LifeSpaces, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts, McDonald’s and Nestle.
In 2022, the number of India fellows grew by 40%, while the number of participating India hosts doubled. Organizations including AB InBev, Amazon India, Green Artha, Mahindra & Mahindra and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Zomato hosted members of the second-ever India cohort.
The first public sector Climate Corps host in India (the governing civic body of the City of Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) engaged six 2022 fellows working to help to advance the Mumbai Climate Action Plan — the first-ever climate action plan for a city in India — by contributing to projects on building and energy efficiency, air quality, climate budgeting and sustainable transportation.
EDF looks forward to growing this program and its impact in India in the years ahead.
In late May, EDF hosts a week-long training for fellows that includes EDF and other expert speakers and trainers. The curriculum covers energy efficiency, sustainability strategy, carbon accounting, building systems, financial analysis and more.