1.) Program/Project: Healthy People Thriving Communities, American Cities Climate Challenge; San Francisco, CA.
NRDC’s American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) team is seeking a summer fellow to be split among our buildings and transportation climate work across 25 cities. ACCC is an exciting 2-year initiative designed to help leading-edge cities accelerate and expand their climate policies.
The fellow would support the ACCC technical team on city policies and programs around buildings, energy, EVs, and mobility. The fellow will work directly on the project to perform research, data analysis, resource creation, and strategy support to help the technical team as they guide and drive cities to achieve ambitious climate reductions.
Examples of policies the fellow will support via research and analysis include: building codes that incorporate deep energy efficiency and electrification, building performance standards, improving public transit, promoting electric vehicles, and creating commuter incentives to reduce driving.
The fellow will attend meetings with the technical leads to learn how we develop and implement strategy to achieve policy outcomes at the local level utilizing best practices, community engagement, and robust data. The research and analysis they perform will be instrumental to help our cities work with stakeholders and community leaders to achieve their Challenge goals to ensure cities can meet or exceed Paris commitments as well as improve public health, affordability, and workforce development outcomes.
2.) Program/Project: Climate and Clean Energy Program; Washington, D.C.
NRDC's Climate & Clean Energy (C&CE) Program is looking for a fellow to complete research and analysis on the clean energy transition in the U.S. and the implications it has on domestic and international decarbonization strategies. The fellow will dedicate most of their time with the Analysis Team (~80%), with up to 20% of their time dedicated to work with the International Team.
NRDC’s C&CE analysis team works with policymakers, industry, environmental groups, and other stakeholders to advocate for policies to reduce climate-warming emissions across the economy by providing modeling, data analysis, and other technical support. The Schneider Fellow will be an integral part of our team, analyzing policy design questions and helping develop technical resources for our climate and energy advocacy both domestically and abroad.
One main element of this fellowship will be assisting on NRDC’s annual energy report. Each year NRDC reviews the most recent data to present an overall picture of the U.S. energy sector, and this report serves as an important advocacy resource for policymakers, media, and our members (see previous reports here). The scope of work will include: (1) completing research on recent U.S. energy trends and milestones, (2) compiling and synthesizing data from a variety of sources, and (3) helping draft the 2020 annual energy report.
The fellow may also:
- Work on proactive federal policy, helping review modeling and develop graphics and other materials from this modeling.
- Work with our federal energy and government affairs team on energy innovation policy and advocacy.
- Work with our international team to understand clean energy trends in other countries.
- Work with our international team to understand the emission reduction potential of different decarbonization strategies and policies.
- Assist with the development and review of other climate & clean energy materials.
3.) Program/Project: Climate and Clean Energy; San Francisco, CA
NRDC's Climate & Clean Energy Program (C&CE) is seeking a Fellow to work on accelerating investments in clean transportation while also reducing barriers to this transition. Currently, governments at the city, state, and national level in multiple jurisdictions are incentivizing the transition to zero-emission vehicles through direct incentives to consumers and direct investments in charging infrastructure. To more rapidly address climate change and reduce air pollution, an order-of-magnitude scale up in these investments will be necessary. By the same token, some policymakers have adopted policies to tax electric-vehicle (EV) drivers at rates much higher than the average driver to pay for road maintenance and construction, creating a large barrier to EV adoption. The fellow will work to evaluate and develop concepts for innovative financing mechanisms, including green (or climate) bonds being applied to EVs as well as to the construction of charging infrastructure. The fellow will also engage in policy efforts to have states adopt a more equitable and comprehensive road funding system in lieu of establishing high fees or taxes on electric-vehicles. The work will entail speaking with experts in the financial sector, agency officials operating incentive programs, and policymakers engaged with road funding. The fellow may conduct financial spreadsheet analysis as well as writing assignments for purposes of incorporation into NRDC reports, factsheets, or briefings.
4.) Program/Project: Climate and Clean Energy/International; San Francisco, CA
NRDC is seeking a Fellow to work with its climate and international teams focusing on analysis, report development, and advocacy, to pursue NRDC’s strategic priority areas of climate change, health & cities, and international climate policy. The Fellowship project is part of the International Program and works with experts both internally and externally with expertise in climate change, health, energy efficiency, climate finance and air pollution. The Fellowship will provide an excellent opportunity to investigate major barriers and potential solutions to air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG) and petroleum reduction goals. The Fellowship includes analysis of India’s renewable market, energy efficiency, climate adaption focused on heat stress, air pollution, and implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Work products may include stand-alone documents or memos that will be incorporated into NRDC reports, factsheets, blogs, briefings, and presentations. The Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with other stakeholders and policy-makers.
5.) Program/Project: Climate and Clean Energy Program; New York, NY
NRDC is seeking a fellow to be based in the New York office and work with our Clean Vehicles & Fuels and Eastern Region teams. The proposed project will be to advance clean transportation policies with promising potential to significantly reduce regional transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions, while also improving air quality and reducing petroleum dependence. The suite of policies being contemplated include: a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in New York State (that could evolve to become regional); a regional Transportation Climate Initiative that aims to establish a cap-and-trade system of some kind for the transportation sector; enhanced utility programs to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles. Depending on the fellow's background and interest, he/she would assist the teams with research and analysis, development of short reports or write-ups, and advocacy and stakeholder engagement. Subject matter areas that the fellow could delve into include: structuring a regional system for reducing transportation systems; applying learnings from California to New York; ensuring complementarity among different policies/programs with a common goal to reduce transportation sector emissions; investigating implementation barriers and developing solutions. The fellow would work with clean transportation experts from across NRDC (e.g., NY and CA), as well as regional advocates with deep expertise in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other Northeastern states. Work products may include stand-alone documents or memos that will be incorporated into NRDC reports, factsheets, blogs, briefings, and presentations. The fellow would also likely have opportunities to engage with policy-makers and other policy advocates. The fellowship will provide an excellent opportunity to investigate major barriers and potential solutions to the deployment of clean transportation.
6.) Program/Project: Healthy People Thriving Communities/Energy Efficiency for All; Washington, D.C.
Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) unites people from diverse sectors and backgrounds to collectively make multifamily affordable homes energy- and water-efficient. EEFA builds power to change policies and practices by seeding and supporting coalitions in 12 states. Each of these state coalitions include a variety of housing, health, energy efficiency, environmental, and community advocacy organizations that have not typically worked together in the past. EEFA supports these coalitions by providing coaching, training and funding; coordinating coalition activities; conducting research; and providing coalition-building and technical expertise. In addition, EEFA has developed four cross-cutting teams – Equity Working Group, Implementation Support, Federal Policy and Healthy Affordable Building Materials – in order to support the specific needs of the EEFA coalitions.
The Fellow will work with EEFA staff in the DC office, specifically with the Project Co-director and Program Assistant, focusing on a handful of priority issues such as:
- Advancing equitable policies;
- Coalition and network building;
- Making homes healthier;
- Preserving affordable housing;
- Promoting program solutions;
- Reducing energy burdens for residents; and
- Identifying and minimizing the barriers to policy implementation.
It is expected that the selected project can be of direct value to the EEFA effort while also being of strong interest to the fellow.