Become a Climate Corps Host

Advance your climate and sustainability goals

Hiring a Climate Corps fellow is a proven way to achieve your clean energy and climate goals.

Armed with a fresh perspective and the latest best practices, Climate Corps fellows come ready to implement your sustainability goals. Our main project areas are listed below. A full list of past projects and partner companies can be found on our Project Database

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Zero Emission Vehicles

Targeted strategies to electrify medium and heavy-duty vehicle fleets

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Jared Alvord - Iron Mountain

Jared created a clear fleet electrification roadmap for Iron Mountain.

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Climate Commitments

Analysis and implementation of Net Zero goals and Science Based Targets

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Harini Rengarajan – Hershey Company

Harini updated the company’s current GHG emissions goals and determined whether setting a science-based target was possible.

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Food and Agriculture

Reduction of food waste and strategies for emissions reductions in animal agriculture

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Fredrick Selby - UNFI

Fredrick Selby was tasked with creating real-time dashboards that track progress towards UNFI’s waste reduction goals.

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Renewables and Energy Efficiency

Targeted strategies to implement on-site and off-site renewable energy and scale energy efficiency

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Matt Panopio –, Inc.

Matt evaluated and executed renewable energy opportunities to reduce the company’s carbon emissions.

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How Climate Corps Works

Climate Corps fellows are the next generation of business and sustainability leaders. Hosting a Fellow is a low-cost and low-risk way to advance your sustainability goals. Whether you are a private, non-profit, or public organization, Climate Corps will pair you with an enthusiastic graduate student who has the right experience, training, and ambition to align with your needs. Your fellow will work on site or remotely for 10-12 weeks to provide hands-on help to advance complex climate projects at your organization.

Program Timeline

  • February 1, 2023: Host application deadline

  • March to April: You get custom matched with a fellow best suited for your project

  • May 22 - 26: Fellows attend a week-long Training to build skills and knowledge for their fellowships

  • June to August: Summer fellowships take place for 10-12 weeks, on site or remote.

  • September: Fellows, alumni and hosts attend the annual Climate Corps Summit

  • More details on the fellowship timeline for hosts here

Host Requirements

  • Hire fellows directly at a salary of at least $1,400 per week for 10-12 weeks, plus $1,400 for participation in the Fellow Training. For a 10 week project, the total cost is at least $15,400. There is no fee or cost to EDF. For select projects in public or non-profit sectors, limited funding support may be available from EDF.

  • Provide a supportive high-level project sponsor, as well as an accessible direct supervisor for the duration of the fellowship. The direct supervisor should have the capacity to meet with the fellow on a weekly basis at minimum.

  • Provide EDF with periodic updates on project progress upon request after fellowship completion.

  • For more details, visit our FAQ page

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

At Environmental Defense Fund, we believe that by creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, we will similarly foster greater strength and resilience within and beyond the organization.

The Climate Corps program is proud that our fellows come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and we believe this diversity makes our program stronger. Climate Corps is committed to continuing to improve upon diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of our program.

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Find out how your organization can benefit from a Climate Corps fellow.