In 2008, Clean Air-Cool Planet created the Climate Fellows program to address a recurring program: even best-intentioned partners—whether in the community, campus or corporate sector—could easily be thwarted in their sustainability goals by a lack of “person-power” necessary to conduct inventories, research and write climate action plans, or carry out other high priority climate-related rojects. Lacking any better option, many opted to assign these tasks to a busy voluntee, or a staff person already working at full capacity—and, all too often, that meant a loss of momentum or even abandonment of a climate project.
In 2014, the Sustainability Institute at UNH became the new home of the Climate Fellows program. The program matches exceptional college students from diverse backgrounds with high priority climate solutions projects. Through this nationally advertised and highly competitive program, students receive skills training, mentoring, networking opportunities, and a stipend for full-time summer projects undertaken with a wide range of partner organizations.
The transition of the Climate Fellows Program to UNH and the 2014 Climate Fellows Program itself are made possible thanks to the creation of the Ted Smith Fund for the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, which honors the extraordinary legacy of one of Clean Air - Cool Planet's founding board members, Ted Smith.
2015 Fellowship Opportunities will be posted in early February and applications will be accepted until March 2nd. Please check back soon for more information.