A former Climate Corps fellow inside a brightly lit building, with a screen displaying the New Balance logo.

EDF Climate Corps Fellow Yookyung Kim on-site at New Balance during the program.

Building climate leaders with EDF Climate Corps

The next generation of sustainability leaders is forging high-impact environmental solutions today.

Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps fellowship is a hands-on summer program where we train ambitious graduate students and match them with top companies and organizations to advance climate and energy goals.

We’ve embedded fellows with hosts like the American Red Cross, BYD, Google, IKEA, Kickstarter, the Mayo Clinic and Tata Steel. Over 40% of Fortune 100 companies have partnered with us.

Working in China, India and the U.S., fellows help hosts reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, advance climate justice, cut food waste, and more.

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EDF Climate Corps’ global impact

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    Companies and organizations that have hosted fellows since the program was founded in 2008
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    Energy savings identified by fellows — the equivalent of 2.2 metric tons of carbon emissions

How EDF Climate Corps gets results

All of our fellows undergo rigorous training backed by EDF’s 50-plus years of expertise. As sustainability trends evolve, so do the solutions and resources our fellows have to offer.

We custom match fellows with companies, public institutions and nonprofit organizations based on each fellow’s skills and interests, and each host’s needs.

Fellows then work with hosts for 10-12 weeks to create actionable sustainability strategies, with support from other fellows, program alumni and expert advisors.

The program is a crucial part of EDF’s wide-ranging efforts to fight climate change, delivering bold, practical solutions that benefit the planet and people’s health.

A former Climate Corps fellow stands in front of a wall featuring the Google logo.

Former EDF Climate Corps fellow Daniel Powell during the program at Google.

A former Climate Corps fellow takes notes, looking in on operations through a window decorated with the Coca Cola logo.

Former EDF Climate Corps fellow Yiping Shao during his program at Coca-Cola.

13 EDF Climate Corps fellows outdoors, with many trees in the background. They are smiling and in formal attire.

A group of fellows at a training reception.

Former EDF Climate Corps fellows pictured during their programs, including Yiping Shao at Coca-Cola (top left); a group of fellows at a training reception; and Daniel Powell at Google (right).

Benefits for fellows

  • Gain real-world experience working on cutting-edge energy and sustainability projects for some of the world’s top companies and organizations.
  • Make a meaningful impact in the fight against climate change — one that can not only benefit the environment today, but for years to come.
  • Launch your environmental career and build your professional network through other fellows and hosts, with lifelong membership in the Climate Corps network.

Fellowship alumni are known to stay in touch and support one another, and almost all still work in sustainability — many in leadership roles at prominent companies in more than 40 countries.

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Benefits for hosts, including businesses

  • Gain a competitive edge by receiving practical, cost-effective solutions that improve your energy efficiency and climate impact.
  • Work with highly qualified fellows from leading universities as you navigate the ever-changing world of sustainability and energy management.
  • Attract and retain top talent by hosting our fellows and making your organization more attractive to staff who expect strong environmental policy from employers.

Hosting a fellow is a high-impact way to advance your sustainability goals. The proof? Partners like Citizens Bank, Colgate-Palmolive and the New York City Housing Authority have worked with us for 10 years or more.

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EDF Climate Corps alumnus Inesh Singh.

Climate Corps was the start of my own sustainability journey, and I knew these fellows would add value to our team.

— Inesh Singh, former EDF Climate Corps Fellow at PepsiCo

EDF Climate Corps drives lasting change across multiple sectors by embedding fellows with a wide range of top companies and organizations — and building a network of thousands of alumni and partners.

View a few recent projects with featured hosts, including Fortune 100 companies, and explore our partnerships with a growing network of public and nonprofit sector hosts:

Three EDF Climate Corps fellows standing in front of a wall with light-up Lyft logos.

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