EDF Climate Corps: making sustainability work

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

EDF Climate Corps is a unique summer fellowship program where EDF trains and matches top-tier graduate students with host companies and organizations to advance environmental goals.

EDF Climate Corps works with hosts to:

  • Set and meet their sustainability goals, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy efficiency.
  • Make their organizations more attractive to talent who expect strong environmental policy from their employers.
  • Establish policies that not only benefit the environment today, but can magnify positive impacts for years to come.
  • 1 in 3 Fortune 100 companies have participated in EDF Climate Corps
  • Over 450 organizations have participated in EDF Climate Corps
  • Over $1.6 billion in energy savings has been identified by fellows since 2008

We embed fellows in a wide range of organizations, from IKEA to Mayo Clinic and the City of Hoboken. And one in six employed alumni now hold positions at the director level or above. For example, EDF Climate Corps alum Jenny McColloch leads sustainability at McDonald’s.

How EDF Climate Corps gets results

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

By day two on the job, our EDF Climate Corps fellow saved us $100,000.

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Based on their experience and specialized skills, we hand-pick fellows to meet each host’s specific needs. The fellows then work on-site for 10-12 weeks to create actionable sustainability strategies.

Harini Rengarajan helped the Hershey Company update its current sustainability goals so that they’re in line with the Science Based Targets methodology.
Daniel Powell presented Google with a variety of cost-effective opportunities to reduce the company’s environmental impact in new areas of focus.
Mikaela Bradbury developed a climate strategy for Williams-Sonoma, and looked into the feasibility of setting Science Based Targets for the company.
Nitin Raviprasad helped Best Buy identify the major drivers of peak energy use within its stores, and recommended behavioral changes to help improve energy efficiency.
Alexandra Bothner helped Boston Scientific Corporation develop and track a communication strategy around its energy performance.

The EDF Climate Corps program is a critical piece in a wide range of EDF efforts — such as working to curb climate change, protecting human health and moving to a 100% clean economy.

Benefits for businesses

  • Gain a competitive edge by improving their energy efficiency and climate impact — also helping to attract and retain top talent.
  • Work with highly qualified fellows who have a range of advanced educational degrees from the country’s leading universities.
  • Receive practical, cost-effective solutions and navigate the ever-changing world of sustainability and energy management.

Benefits for graduate students

  • Launch their environmental careers and build their professional networks through other fellows and hosts.
  • Gain real-world experience working on cutting-edge energy projects for some of the world’s top companies and organizations.
  • Help make a difference catalyzing change that can benefit organizations as well as the environment.

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