Sustainability Fellowships

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What are Sustainability Fellowships?

Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional undergraduate students and post-baccalaureates from UNH and universities across the United States* with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners to work on transformative sustainability initiatives. Each summer, Fellows undertake challenging sustainability projects that are designed to create an immediate impact, offer an extraordinary learning experience, and foster meaningful collaboration.  While working with their mentors and partner organizations, Fellows are supported by their Fellowship peers as well as an active network of partners, alumni, and the UNH team, as they emerge as the next generation of sustainability leaders.

*International students who are currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

The program far exceeded my expectations - there was such thought and care put into each Fellowship and the personal touch points throughout the summer. It is clear that this experience is really about grooming the next generation of sustainability professionals. Loved, loved, loved my experience this summer. Eternally grateful!
 - Ariella Sela, 2020 Sustainability Fellow - Root Capital

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Important Dates & Information

2022 Key Dates
January 18 Applications Open for Students
February 4 Info-session for Students
February 14 Student Applications Due
March Student Interviews
March 25 Fellows Receive Offers
April 1 Fellowship Cohort Announced

May 31 - August 19 Fellowship Term

May 31 - June 2 Orientation
July 14 Midterm Fellow Presentations
August 11 Final Fellow Presentations

Each Fellowship focuses on one discrete project, created and hosted by one of our partner organizations, and developed in collaboration with our staffProjects are designed to offer Fellows autonomy with mentorship, to lead to tangible results, and to create opportunity for collaboration. The portfolio of Fellowships covers a broad range of sustainability topics such as renewable energy, carbon emissions, climate resilience, social justice, food systems, and responsible investing. Projects involve various types of work, from community engagement to data analysis, from science to policy, and from research to implementation. Host organizations include companies, non-profits, government agencies, and academic institutions.

The Sustainability Fellowship program includes two cohorts – students in each will have parallel experiences as part of the same program, with expectations appropriate to their level of education. General requirements for each cohort are included below in the 2022 Fellowship Descriptions. Each Fellowship position will be posted and include specific requirements in terms of academic background, skills, and experience. When applying, please refer to individual position descriptions for details for each cohort. 

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The Sustainability Fellowship

Sustainability Fellowships pair exceptional undergraduate students and post-baccalaureates from UNH and universities across the United States with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners to work on transformative sustainability initiatives. Our aim is to cultivate projects that catalyze long-term, substantial change for our Partners, provide a rich experiential learning opportunity for our Fellows, and spark interdisciplinary collaboration throughout our growing Alumni Network. Fellowship projects may involve various types of work, from community engagement to data analysis, from science to policy, and from research to implementation, driven by the goals of the host organization. Projects may cover a broad range of sustainability topics, including greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, sustainable business, finance and investing, community development and resilience.

    See Examples of Past Fellowship Projects

    Check out some of our past and present host organizations

    The UNH Sustainability Fellows program provides two offerings for partner organizations:

    Undergraduate UNH Fellows are available for organizations who:

    • Need to add capacity to contribute to important sustainability initiatives.
    • Want to support the development of a sustainability talent pipeline within the state of New Hampshire.
    • Are eager to help train the next generation of sustainability leaders.
    • Are able to make a modest investment to compensate an undergraduate Fellow for their time and dedication.

    Post Baccalaureate NATIONAL Fellows are available for organizations who:

    • Need to add specialized expertise to take on important sustainability initiatives.
    • Want to select a Fellow from a broader pool with more advanced qualifications.
    • Are eager to help train the next generation of sustainability leaders.
    • Are able to make a slightly greater investment to compensate a Fellow who has completed an undergraduate degree or more, and has specialized skills that will make a unique contribution to the project.

    We believe diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are foundational values inextricably linked to achieving our core educational mission; and we embrace the many characteristics of our community members that make them uniquely themselves.

    Fellowships are opportunities for highly skilled and motivated students to contribute to impactful projects, resulting in:

    • New skills and knowledge
    • Access to extensive professional networks
    • Outstanding portfolio and resume material
    • Competitive compensation
    • Potential for academic credit (through student’s home institution)
    • Potential for integration of Fellowship project into thesis/dissertation work
    • Fulfillment associated with “owning” a project, accomplishing meaningful work, and connecting with a community of like-minded individuals

    Fellows are UNH employees and receive an hourly wage, which is taxable, and paid in bi-weekly installments over the course of the Fellowship term. Compensation is scaled according to job expectations and position requirements as follows:

    Undergraduate UNH Cohort:  $5,220 ($13.05/hour for 400 hours)

    Post-baccalaureate NATIONAL Cohort:  $6,500 ($16.25/hour for 400 hours)

    Fellows are expected to use their stipends to cover their own living expenses (summer housing is not provided).  Because of the short-term nature of these positions, Fellows are eligible for limited benefits from UNH.

    2022 Fellowship Projects, Expectations and Application Information

    Undergraduate UNH Cohort Eligibility & Position Descriptions 

    • Open to UNH undergraduate students who will graduate after May 2022 (at time of application: first, second and third-year students)
    • Applicants should have some knowledge or experience related to project topic
    • And be eager to explore careers in sustainability and participate in impactful work

    Amherst, MA Department of Public Works:

    Stormwater Outfall and Catchment Analysis

    Amherst, MA
    Fully In-Person

    This Fellowship will involve working with DPW staff on investigating, sampling, and assessing stormwater outfalls throughout the Town of Amherst. The objective of the Fellowship will be to collect field data on water quality at stormwater outfalls, and use that data to rank the outfalls for further investigation and remediation. The student will be using field test kits to analyze stormwater for a number of parameters including ammonia, surfactants, bacteria, and more. Collected data will be entered into the Town’s GIS system which will allow for mapping of impacted outfalls and their catchments.

    The Amherst DPW manages the Town’s EPA MS4 permit which allows the Town to discharge stormwater into our local streams, rivers and wetlands. This is a new permit for the Town, we started working under it in 2018. The goals of the permit program involve monitoring, maintaining, and improving stormwater drainage infrastructure to protect river and stream water quality.

    The Town is required to have all its stormwater outfalls inventoried, sampled, ranked, and have begun catchment investigation by June 30, 2024. The town has approximately 400 outfalls and interconnections, therefore, we don’t expect that all the outfalls will be inspected this summer. We plan to work with the Fellowship student on sampling, ranking, and mapping the highest priority outfalls.

    Learn more about Amherst Department of Public Works: https://www.amherstma.gov/149/Public-Works

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    Community Development Finance Authority/Department of Business and Economic Affairs

    Digital Mapping – Economic Revitalization Zones/Downtowns 

    Concord, NH / Durham, NH 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview
    The project will focus on:
    1) digitizing maps of State/BEA-designated “Economic Recovery Zones” (ERZs) in 76 towns (233 zones)
    2) updating contact information for community-level economic development entities (municipal ED staff, formal committees, information organizations connected with a municipality, etc.); and, if time allows,
    3) identifying and digitizing existing municipal downtowns/main streets/village centers.    

    The digitized maps will:
    1) enable BEA to share the information more widely on a digital platform; and
    2) enable CDFA to focus some of  its program funding on key downtown areas.   

    Updated contact information for local community economic development entities across the state will enable better communication, coordination, and dissemination of information from CDFA and BEA regarding funding opportunities, economic-development initiatives, and other information relevant to local community economic development leaders.  

    Learn more about CDFA: https://nhcdfa.org/ 
    Learn more about BEA: http://www.dbea.nh.gov/ 

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    Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership

    Hurricane Island Summer Sustainability Steward 

    Rockland, ME 
    Fully In-Person 

    Project Overview
    The Sustainability Steward will have the opportunity to engage with Hurricane Island’s sustainable energy, waste, water, and food systems (agriculture and aquaculture) on multiple levels with a focus on learning, teaching, and critical thinking about how to optimize the sustainable systems in use on the island. The 10-week Fellowship program will be structured to accomplish the threefold objectives of :  

    1. learning how the sustainable systems on Hurricane Island work, and using recent audits of these systems to generate and implement a list of improvements to optimize efficiency;   

    1. gaining a working knowledge of how to maintain the sustainability systems, and providing informal education about these systems to island visitors and summer science program participants with workshops and sustainability walks;

    1. collaborating with the education team to codify knowledge of the island’s sustainability systems into an inquiry-based curriculum for hands-on learning to be delivered during a weeklong sustainability leadership program for high school students.   

    Our off the grid, energy independent island campus provides an excellent opportunity for a  Fellow to gain pragmatic experience with the daily uses of sustainable energy, waste, water, and food systems and our research and education initiatives offer the Fellow engagement with scientific research and education in informal and formal settings.  

    Learn more about Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership: https://www.hurricaneisland.net/ 
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    Hypertherm, Inc.

    HOPE Foundation Community Needs Assessment 

    Lebanon, NH 
    Fully Remote 

    Project Overview
    Hypertherm, through our HOPE work, is looking to strengthen our understanding of “community need” in geographies where we have Associates working across the world, outside of NH and VT, for the purpose of building our philanthropic giving and community service time programs in those geographies. We look at three concentric circles for our funding strategies: community need, Associate interest, and our business strength. It is important to note that we are implementing Peak Grantmaking’s inclusive grant making principles so concurrent to deepening our impact in the communities where our Associates work and live, we also aim at removing barriers for the nonprofits we serve.   

    In the Upper Valley (NH/VT 30-mile radius from Hanover, NH) we have an incredibly strong program of volunteering and philanthropy funding.  We know our community and our nonprofit partners well. Our goal is to mirror what has worked well for us in the Upper Valley and strengthen our Global HOPE teams. Our volunteer program gives our Associates personal choice to volunteer at any nonprofit that is not religious or political and we support our Associates by cultivating known opportunities that in turn encourages usage of Community Service Time. In the Upper Valley our HOPE Foundation funds general community needs and has funds set aside for strategic funding:  

    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): it is of great strategic importance to us that upcoming generations are engaged and capable in all areas of STEM. Through our Shape for STEM program, we inspire students to pursue careers in STEM.  

    • SUD (Substance Use Disorder): Our strategy in this area is designed to remove the stigma that often surrounds those struggling with a SUD, while also supporting drug education, awareness, and sustained recovery.   

    • Early Childhood:  our pillars include parental confidence, youth resilience, and childcare center quality.  

    We have just completed 3-year strategic plans for each of these strategic focus areas. We know that these strategic focus areas that we have chosen for the Upper Valley will not be the same community needs worldwide.   

    As our company has grown, we want to strengthen our global community work. We need to gain a better understanding of community needs for strategic philanthropy dollars.  In identifying community needs it is also of interest to learn about volunteer opportunities in our global communities. We anticipate this remote project being accomplished through use of the internet by searching but not limited to: needs assessments that may have been performed and reported out from the government, United Way or other NGO and/or Public Health councils. Where possible data gathering should also include interviews with appropriate people at organizations and not just internet searches. We will connect you to the Associates who have been involved in our community work in each region to provide feedback but they have not performed community needs assessments so that is why external work is needed.    

    Learn more about Hypertherm: https://www.hypertherm.com/en-US/ 

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    Lonza Biologics

    Lonza 2030 Sustainability Roadmap 

    Portsmouth, NH 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview
    We are in the midst of completing a four-pronged sustainability study with a consultant that is focusing on four areas: energy, CO2, waste, and water. We expect to receive the results of this study by the end of December. This study will drive our sustainability activities in helping us reach our 2030 Sustainability goals. We would like a UNH Sustainability Fellow to review the study and help calculate its sustainability impact. Additionally, based on the results of the study, we expect there will be a to-be-determined project that the Fellow can take the lead with. 

    Learn more about Lonza Biologics: https://bioscience.lonza.com/lonza_bs/US/en/ 

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    Prime Buchholz LLC

    ESG and DEI Data Collection 

    Portsmouth, NH 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview
    Our Fellow will engage investment managers on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices, help the firm enhance impact reporting to clients such as the University of New Hampshire, and identify ways to augment sustainability efforts at the firm.  

      Under the supervision of the Firm’s Mission-Aligned Investment Committee and research team, our Sustainability Fellow will:    

    • Collect responses, policies, and supporting documentation to ESG and DEI focused questionnaires across our recommended investment managers.  

    • Work with data, information systems, and research professionals to score the managers with respect to ESG and DEI implementation and update this information in our central data repository.  

    • Participate in Mission-Aligned Investment Committee meetings.  

    • Actively make recommendations to improve upon the survey, scoring rubric, and reporting, as well as recommendations to maximize impact of the firm’s sustainability initiatives.  

    • Partner with the firm’s other interns on a cross-functional project to be presented to senior management.  

    Learn more about Prime Buchholz: https://primebuchholz.com/ 

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    Resilient Buildings Group, Inc.

    Energy Efficiency in the Foodservice Industry 

    Concord, NH 
    Fully In-Person 

    Project Overview
    NHSaves is a collaboration of New Hampshire’s electric and natural gas utilities working together to provide NH customers with information, incentives, and support designed to save energy, reduce costs, and protect our environment statewide.  RBG is contracted with some of the utilities to help them reach their goals associated with the NHSaves program.  Customers support the energy efficiency programs through a charge on their bill.  For natural gas customers, this is through the “Local Distribution Adjustment Charge” (LDAC) and for electric customers, this is through the “Systems Benefit Charge” (SBC).  

    The COVID pandemic has significantly impacted the foodservice industry and has led to layoffs, closures, and increased operating costs.  This industry includes restaurants, grocery stores, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, food manufacturing facilities, and non-profit organizations including soup kitchens and food pantries.  Even before the pandemic, the operating costs of these businesses are high and profit margins are thin.  A large amount of energy is needed to prepare, cook and store food.  With the amount of equipment needed to run an operation in one of these industries, even small operations can be large users of energy.  Owners and managers of these businesses want to reduce their operating costs, but many times are too busy or unaware of other options.     

    This position with the commercial, industrial & municipal energy efficiency program will study ways in which we can address this issue.  The Fellowship will consist of research, planning, and direct outreach.  The Fellow will work with our firm, members of the foodservice industry and trade associations to develop a plan that can be used to inform members of the foodservice industry of the benefits and financing options to upgrade to high-efficiency equipment.  The Fellow will then use this information to reach out to members of the foodservice industry.    

    Learn more about Resilient Buildings Group: http://www.resilientbuildingsgroup.com/ 

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    Scrapp LLC

    Helping the World Recycle Right 

    Burlington, MA 
    Remote 

    Project Overview
    Scrapp handles a lot of data ranging from recycling schemes to product information. We have detailed processes for everything to make data easy to manage and intuitive. Part of the Fellowship this summer is to directly work with Mikey and the data team to expand the number of products with recycling guidance in our database. In tandem with this, the Fellow has the option to do on site visits with Mikey whenever there is an opportunity for consultations with brands and retailers that use the Scrapp platform.   

    Learn more about Scrapp: https://scrapprecycling.com/ 

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    Tom’s of Maine

    Everyday Good Fellowship 

    Kennebunk, ME 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview
    Tom’s of Maine is looking for a Fellow to support our corporate social responsibility program. They will report to our Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good and work closely with members of the Tom’s of Maine organization and outside sustainability consultants to create the 2022 Goodness Report -- Tom’s of Maine’s report on our sustainability efforts, our Giving for Goodness grant program, and an overview of our Everyday Good (our brand purpose). 

    This role will support the Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good in the creation and strategy for the 2022 Tom’s of Maine Goodness Report.  2022 will be a re-launch of the Goodness Report, so the Fellow will be a critical partner to help Tom’s reimagine how we present our Everyday Good.  This role balances commercial (marketing/sales) and communications (format/medium), with sustainability and social good. 

    Learn more about Tom’s of Maine: https://www.tomsofmaine.com/ 

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    Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

    Protecting the Upper Saco River 

    Conway, NH 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview
    USVLT’s 2022 Summer Sustainability Fellowship will include a varied and interdisciplinary workload that includes field work, reporting, outreach and communications, preserve stewardship and trail building, and help with new conservation properties – all focused on protecting the health of the Saco River watershed.   

    USVLT is working with partners to research the “Wild and Scenic River” designation of the National Park Service (NPS), create an assessment of the Saco River based on that criteria, collect data, and submit an application. Our 2022 Fellow would be instrumental in all aspects of this work. Of the 400 hours devoted by the Fellow, we expect approximately 40 would be required for researching the National Park Service’s Wild and Scenic Rivers program and developing a criteria checklist for the upper Saco River. Approximately 40-80 more would be required for field work and documentation of those criteria, and another 40-80 to produce a report or application for the Saco River. More time will be required for potential outreach and coordination with other partners on this project and aspects of our conservation work.  

    The Fellow will focus their remaining time on these other aspects of land conservation projects in the upper Saco River valley:  

    1. Boundary Line Marking. All conservation easements and preserve properties held or owned by the land trust need to be “findable” on the ground so that we can ensure the land is being managed sustainably and in accordance with the rules for each property.  

    1. Preserve Stewardship & Trail Building: Many of USVLT’s preserves have trails that are open to the public or have active trail-building projects. Stewarding these lands sustainably requires maintenance of trails and building new trails that integrate sustainably into the landscape. Other stewardship responsibilities include a large riverbank stabilization project along the Saco, dealing with encroachments, dumping, or general property management tasks.   

    1. Easement Monitoring: USVLT monitors over 70 properties each year to get to know the lands and document any violations, encroachments, or other unnatural changes to the landscape   

    1. Outreach and Communications. Improving the sustainability of our region requires building support for our work among the community. Any time a Fellow could devote to helping host Easement Exploration Series events on our preserves, outreach at local community events, social media content, and more, would greatly benefit this important aspect of our work.  

    Learn more about USVLT: https://www.usvlt.org/ 

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    Post-baccalaureate NATIONAL Cohort Eligibility & Position Descriptions 

    • Open to post-baccalaureates, current graduate students and recent graduate students who will have earned an undergraduate degree from ANY college or university by June 2022 (at time of application: seniors, recent graduates and graduate students)
    • And be eager to apply specialized skills to advance the field in a particular area and to accomplish tangible outcomes for host organization

    African Alliance of Rhode Island

    Opening a New Farmer’s Market at Bami Farm 

    Providence, RI 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview
    African Alliance of RI has a three-year track record of organizing pop-up farmer’s markets. The first pop-up farmer’s market opened in 2018 in South Providence, organized with leadership and support of a UNH Sustainability Fellow. The mission: Bring fresh locally grown vegetables to the food insecure communities of lower and upper South Providence. In 2020 & 2021 it has expanded to four locations in South Providence.  

    It also has been advancing urban farming in 7 locations across Providence. One of those locations is Bami Farm (in the adjacent town of Johnston), on a leased 6 acres with 14 farmers, a greenhouse & high tunnel. Now it seeks to expand its pop-up market offerings to Bami Farm, which is a natural expansion to bring the customers to the farm to learn more about the sources of the produce and the production  

    The successful UNH Fellow will play a lead role in piloting the new pop-up farmer’s market and a corresponding online CSA, with guidance from the AARI team and the benefit of lessons learned in AARI’s previous pop-up market development. Specifically, he/she/they will: 

    • Develop key relationships and logistics needed to plan, implement, and sustain the new Bami Farm Farmer’s Market including online/CSA. 
    • Work with volunteers, especially the Community Committee 
    • Create and implement an outreach and marketing strategy and marketing outreach plan to include community organizations (especially those in the minority communities): Facebook, social media, Town of Johnston resources, media, churches, and words of mouth. 
    • Develop market rules, the mission and vendor recruitment. 
    • Prepare for opening day of the market; liaise with vendors, volunteers, and the Johnston Police and Mayor’s office. 
    • Develop market materials in both English and Spanish. 
    • Setup to receive SNAP, WIC, Bami Buck, online sales. 

    The Fellow will be an integral member of the AARI staff and regular assigned activities. 

    Learn more about the African Alliance of Rhode Island: https://africanallianceri.org/ 

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    Bangor Savings Bank

    Corporate Environmental Sustainability Roadmap 

    Bangor, ME 
    Fully In-Person 

    Project Overview 
    At Bangor Savings Bank we understand that as a corporate citizen our environment is a stakeholder and being thoughtful in limiting our impact on the planet is imperative. We’re excited to welcome a Fellow to help us further our environmental sustainability practices.   

    While the Bank already has some practices in place, there is considerable opportunity to learn, understand, measure, and implement a more robust corporate sustainability program and set of practices. The Fellow will have an opportunity to review and document current environmental practices at Bangor Savings Bank, research potential practices similar companies employ, and develop a recommended roadmap for the Bank to use as a foundation to future growth.   

    Learn more about Bangor Savings Bank: https://www.bangor.com/ 

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    Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

    Coastal Resiliency and Water Encroachment and Mitigation 

    Portsmouth, NH 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview 
    BHTNH has received a Coastal Resiliency grant from NOAA to study the extent to which water encroachment in the basement of its ca. 1810 headquarters is exacerbated by sea-level rise and will be working on this project with outside contractors Horsley-Witten and S.W. Cole, to do depth-to-ledge studies, soil sampling, and install pressure transducer water monitors.  Horsley Witten will use the data to create a plan for addressing flooding issue.  The project involves working with the City of Portsmouth Coastal Resiliency efforts and with Strawbery Banke Museum which is experiencing severe flooding due to sea-level rise in many of its buildings.  This work is being undertaken in preparation for major renovations to our headquarters which require addressing our water encroachment issues.  Part of the project involves investigating the impact of sea-level rise on sites identified as significant by the BHTNH.    

    The Fellow will assist with the recording of information from the pressure transducer monitors and will be working to provide engineers with additional information needed for the study.  The Fellow will be able to build on this project, and will help in the planning for water encroachment mitigation, connection of our current sump pumps to the City storm water system, re-configuration of our gutter system and its connection to a possible watering system for our small garden, work on issues regarding roof runoff on our property from another building, and forecast the impact of adding a second story to the current one-story addition to drainage and gutter issues.  The Fellow will work closely with the City of Portsmouth, and other stakeholders, including our near abutters, and gather data from other sites, particularly those which, like the BHTNH headquarters at 222 Court Street, and the African Burying Ground, are in close proximity to Portsmouth’s South Mill Pond.  The Fellow will use this experience to identify and provide impact statements on sites of significance to the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire located in the 13 coastal resilience towns on the seacoast and bordering Great Bay.  

    Learn more about BHTNH: https://blackheritagetrailnh.org/ 

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    Bristol Seafood, LLC

    Continual Improvement with B Corp Assessment 

    Portland, ME 
    Option to be Fully Remote, Fully In-Person, or Hybrid 

    Project Overview  
    Bristol Seafood is in the process of submitting its B Impact Assessment and we are in the queue for an audit to become B Corp certified by the global certifying body, B Lab. We believe that the best way to drive long-term profitability in our business is to focus on making a positive long-term impact on all our stakeholders.  

    In this Fellowship, you will support the documentation of our existing B Corp supporting documents to position us for a successful audit, identify additional areas where we can earn points and documenting implementation steps for these actions, and making concrete recommendations on areas where we should focus our energy next in order to earn additional points.   

    Learn more about Bristol Seafood: https://bristolseafood.com/ 

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    Burlington Electric Department

    Electric Vehicle Charging Strategist 

    Burlington, VT 
    Fully Remote 

    Project Overview
    A significant, albeit addressable, barrier to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles stems from a lack of charging infrastructure. The objective of this Fellowship is to work with BED to develop opportunities to increase public electric vehicle charging stations (or “chargers”) in Burlington. Key to this work is the development of partnerships with other City departments (specifically the Department of Public Works) and to gather insight from other organizations interested in hosting public charging stations. The culmination of this work can be determined by the fellow based on what they see as the optimal way to communicate their work. This will likely take the form of a report and/or presentation with supporting spreadsheets, interviews, and documented research. 

    This central objective can be split into 5 sub tasks: 

    • Research emerging technologies, relevant charging programs, funding opportunities, and other information useful to help implement charging programs in Burlington. 
    • Support the development of a program for sponsoring DCFC (Direct Current Fast Chargers or Level 3 chargers). 
    • Support the development of a public EV charging plan that coordinates a process for installing charging with the Department of Public Works. 
    • Evaluate program financing options to support the two charger programs above. 
    • Develop a deployment plan and criteria for selecting locations, considering equity, site availability, grid capacity, and potential partnership. 

    Learn more about the Burlington Electric Department: https://www.burlingtonelectric.com/ 

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    Center for Environmental Peacebuilding

    Amplifying Climate Justice Leadership 

    Somerville, MA 
    Fully Remote 

    Project Overview  
    The 2021 Glasgow Climate Pact, developed at this year’s UN climate talks, falls far short of the goals needed to prevent catastrophic climate change, making it clear that the responsibility for achieving political and structural change toward climate resilience and a just transition now falls on civil society, including grassroots community organizations, advocacy groups, and those that support their work. However, local grassroots organizations often lack the financial resources, networks, connections, and visibility necessary to both serve their own communities and coordinate at scale to achieve political or structural change.  

    This Fellowship seeks to address these barriers local organizations face in achieving scale by developing a program specifically tailored to support them in facilitating knowledge sharing around achieving large-scale change, accessing funding opportunities, and obtaining wider recognition. This new program will help us effectively scale up our work supporting grassroots leaders who are seeking climate justice for their communities. Led by young women who are expert researchers from the region, we plan to launch the first pilot of this program serving community leaders in the Lake Chad Basin at the beginning of 2023. The summer Fellow’s work will be in developing the design for this new program, together with mentors from our team.  

    The project is intended to elevate leaders of marginalized communities who are working to build climate resilience and protect water resources, as well those who are guarding against fossil fuel extraction. Because the Lake Chad basin region is uniquely well-known to be one in which climate change and dwindling water resources have sparked land conflicts and the rise of militant groups, as well as one in which planned future oil drilling threatens to irreparably pollute remaining water resources, the program will be tailored specifically to meet the needs of grassroots organizations in the region. The project is also intended to serve as a pilot and blueprint for supporting grassroots organizations and community leaders in other at-risk locations.  

    Learn more about Center for Environmental Peacebuilding: https://cepb.ngo/ 

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    City of Bath

    Community Outreach and Policy Development Fellow 

    Bath, Maine 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview 
    In 2019 the City of Bath adopted an updated Climate Action Plan with policy goals intended to promote and encourage sustainable and resilient actions in the public and private sector. With the approval of the Climate Action Plan, the City of Bath pledged to take a leadership role to minimize the City’s energy use and emissions and to maximize efficiency and sustainability. The City’s Climate Action Commission was formed in 2020 to facilitate the goals of the Climate Action Plan as well as to promote practices that reduce the effects of climate change through legislation, preparation, and education.   

    The City of Bath is seeking candidates for a Sustainability Fellow in partnership with the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute. The Sustainability Fellow will work with city staff and the Climate Action Commission in implementation of elements of the Climate Action Plan to include researching relevant policy items, reviewing regulatory frameworks, and engaging in community outreach and education. The Sustainability Fellow will work with city staff and the Climate Action Commission to develop educational materials and workshops designed to engage the public in sustainability, resiliency, and the goals of the Climate Action Commission. The Fellow, with the support of city staff, will also support the Climate Action Commission in a community workshop and in outreach to partner organizations. The work of the Sustainability Fellow will assist the City of Bath in beginning to implement key items of the Climate Action Plan as well as will assist in determining how to ensure that the goals of the Climate Action Plan are congruent with the statewide climate goals.   

    Learn more about the City of Bath: https://www.cityofbath.com/ 
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    City of Cambridge

    Planning for Equity in Residential Building Decarbonization 

    Cambridge, MA 
    Fully In-Person 

    Project Overview  
    Cambridge has adopted a Net Zero Action Plan that identifies a path to achieve net zero from buildings by 2050, and, to reach this goal, we need to transition buildings to renewable energy, including for heating. An important question, and the focus of this project, will be how this building decarbonization will impact rental housing, multifamily buildings, landlords, and tenants. This research is critical in communities like Cambridge, where over 60% of households rent their homes, and represents an important equity consideration, since these residents have very limited influence over energy upgrades in the buildings and the costs of heating and cooling.  

    There are many important policy questions to consider as we work to scale building decarbonization, including: how will the costs of upgrades impact housing affordability and energy burdens? Are there mechanisms to support decarbonization in low- and moderate-income housing? Will a rise in gas rates fall disproportionately on some residents and not others? Are there co-benefits to indoor air quality or other health indicators?  

     The Fellow will research these questions to think critically about the challenges that might result in the coming years. This research will be done through literature review, case study development, use of cost models, and interviews. Finally, by identifying these equity impacts, the Fellow will help identify potential actions to incorporate into the City’s electrification strategy.  

    Learn more about the City of Cambridge: https://www.cambridgema.gov/ 

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    City of Concord

    Augmenting a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Using ICLEI Tools 

    Concord, NH 
    Option to be Fully Remote or Hybrid 

    Project Overview 
    As New Hampshire’s Capital City, Concord aims to be a progressive leader in the fight against climate change. The City of Concord has requested the assistance of a Sustainability Fellow to build on its 2019 GHG inventory by using ICLEI’s ClearPath software to conduct scenario modeling for infrastructure investment and policy decisions. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to aid Concord in better understanding the sequestration value of Concord’s land and forests by researching and applying nature-based greenhouse gas accounting approaches such as, but not limited to, those available through ICLEI’s Land Emissions and Removals Navigator (LEARN) tool.   

    Learn more about the City of Concord: https://www.concordnh.gov/ 

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    Clean Energy NH

    Drive Electric New Hampshire 

    Concord, NH 
    Option to be Fully Remote, Fully In-Person, or Hybrid 

    Project Overview 
    The Fellow will work with the host organizations and others, including New Hampshire municipalities and the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association, to assemble existing information on state, municipal, and national programs to create a guide, and associated communication materials, for New Hampshire municipalities for acquiring electric vehicles, developing electric vehicle service equipment, and determining best practices for use and implementation of local, state, and national regulations.  The Fellow’s work in creating the materials will involve connecting the various municipal, business (including New Hampshire auto dealers) and state governmental individuals and entities, as enabled by the project mentors, to ensure the guide can be immediately useful. The guide, associated links, research, reports and other existing resources will be presented through a website to be located at the NHDES and Drive Electric NH.   

    The Fellow will work with the partners and participants to determine whether print, video, or social media materials will be useful or practicable as deliverables for the Fellowship work.  A key component of the development of the guide will be creating materials that will be useful for New Hampshire municipalities.  The Fellow will receive guidance from city officials in Dover and Lebanon, NH, leaders in implementation, as well as from the New Hampshire Municipal Association and the New Hampshire Community Power Coalition.  The Fellow will receive guidance in this work from Jack Kaspari, Resilience Coordinator for the City of Dover.  The Fellow will also have the opportunity to include information from the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association.  

    Learn more about Clean Energy NH: https://www.cleanenergynh.org/ 

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    Conservation Law Foundation

    Urban Forestry

    Concord, NH or Portsmouth, NH or Boston, MA
    Hybrid

    Project Overview
    CLF seeks a UNH Sustainability Fellow to support our programmatic work on urban forestry as part of a broader suite of work on natural climate solutions. With increasing temperatures related to climate change and the documented heat island effect of elevated temperatures in dense urban neighborhoods, there is a need to increase urban tree canopy to provide more shade and help cool buildings and streets where people live, work, learn, walk, and play. CLF is building on tree canopy-related work already done and/or underway in Cambridge and Lawrence, Massachusetts, as well as Manchester, New Hampshire, and is looking to expand this initiative to partner with a handful of cities and towns in New England to improve tree canopy in environmental justice communities which have significant disparities in health and green infrastructure.

    The Sustainability Fellow will support staff in CLF’s Healthy and Resilient Communities program with a range of research and analytical tasks. The scope of work will include a policy scan of municipal and state codes and planning documents to understand the patchwork of plans/programs/regulations that apply to shade trees as well as outreach to municipal foresters to assess current planning and programming for urban forestry in select cities and towns across New England. Additional tasks include mapping tree canopy using ArcGIS, helping to assess highest impact locations for tree planting and identifying areas with potential to absorb 1,000 trees or more (the minimum required to tap carbon credits through the innovative City Forest Credits program).

    The Sustainability Fellow will have an opportunity to gain professional experience and be an integral part of CLF’s Healthy and Resilient Communities program. The Sustainability Fellow will be supervised by the Director of Environmental Planning and help them and Research and Partnerships team to support active planning and research activities for CLF’s multiple advocacy campaigns. The Fellowship will be a hybrid opportunity that includes working remotely and at one of our offices in New Hampshire (in Concord or Portsmouth) or our downtown Boston location. The opportunity to work on site will depend on CDC recommendations and other public health considerations, as set by the CLF Human Resources department.

    Learn more about the Conservation Law Foundation: https://www.clf.org/

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    Data for Progress

    Enacting a Progressive Vision for Direct Air Capture in the U.S. 

    Washington, D.C. 
    Hybrid in D.C. or possibility for Fully Remote

    This Fellowship will feature a combination of community engagement work and written policy analysis. 

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projections for climate change increasingly point to a need for large-scale and permanent removal of past greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. Despite this urgent need, carbon dioxide (CO2) removal (CDR) is underdeveloped relative to climate solutions like renewable energy. Data for Progress conducted a national poll in 2021, which showed that 59 percent of voters have heard “not much” or “nothing at all” about CDR, and that 44 percent of voters “haven’t heard enough” to form an opinion on CDR. With this as context, the two broad goals underlying our ongoing CDR work are to: 1) Develop methods of communicating CDR that resonate with voters and clarify CDR’s role in broader climate action policy, and 2) Translate progressive and community ideals for CDR deployment into actionable policies at state and federal levels. 

    Direct air capture (DAC) is an emerging CDR technology that removes carbon dioxide from ambient air for storage in long-lived products or in geologic formations. The recent infrastructure package included $3.5 billion for four new direct air capture regional hubs: individual facilities or clusters of facilities that can remove upward of one million tons of CO2 per year. This is the most significant government investment in CDR technology to date, marking an increase in interest in the technology among policymakers. As a progressive organization dedicated to building worker power, racial equity, and environmental and climate justice, we want to ensure that DAC hubs are rolled out with meaningful, iterative input and decision-making power from communities they will affect, especially those that have been historically marginalized.  

    The aim of this project is to anticipate which communities might face the decision of hosting a DAC project, and to facilitate meaningful dialogue around community sentiments toward DAC, preconditions for projects (for example, unionization of workforce, transparent monitoring of geologically sequestered carbon, etc.), and red lines. We are especially interested in how a carbon removal industry can aid communities traditionally reliant on fossil fuel employment in a just transition. 

    In spring 2022, we will be conducting national and regional polls to identify regions of the country that respond positively to the potential for DAC development, as well as mapping the regions in which DAC would be geophysically viable in (i.e. close to storage opportunities). In the summer, we will work directly with communities we identify as potential hosts for a DAC hub to tease out levels of interest, community pre-conditions for development, opportunities for co-benefits, and red lines. The Fellow will contribute to this work by reaching out to community organizations, especially environmental justice and labor organizations, to jointly organize and conduct workshops and/or interviews with community leaders, workers, and issue advocates. Our findings would be jointly developed with the community into concrete policy recommendations to be shared with the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (DOE FECM), and Congressional staffers. 

    Learn more about Data for Progress: https://www.dataforprogress.org/ 

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    Environmental Protection Agency

    Stakeholder Engagement in Toxic Chemicals

    Washington, DC
    Fully Remote

    Project Overview
    The Fellow will be supporting the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), responsible for stakeholder outreach for toxics policy development. The branch is responsible for developing strategies for reaching certain stakeholders, such as environmental justice organizations, tribes, and environmental NGOs with the purpose of getting better feedback from these groups about our actions to regulate chemical uses. Among our duties, our branch hosts formal public meetings that are recorded for official comment on each rulemaking. The branch is also responsible for website development, social media development and planning, and listserv announcements. The Fellow will be supporting our efforts to reach out to the environmental justice (EJ) community. 

    There are several projects that need support this summer to support our EJ activities. The Fellow will contribute to each of the activities. One project is in our lead-based paint program. We are planning to select cities across the US to provide free training for paint contractors to receive certification in lead-based paint abatement. The project will also reach out to community members to increase awareness in the requirement to use certified contractors in renovations.  Another project is to review EJ outreach in the TSCA existing chemicals program and identify additional outreach opportunities to ensure that EJ communities and NGOs are aware of existing chemical developments. The Fellow will learn about the role of EPA in managing and controlling risks to human health and the environment. The Fellow will also gain valuable experience understanding the role and value of reaching out and engaging stakeholders on important governmental issues. These insights will come in handy inside or outside government. Please note candidates for this position must be enrolled in a graduate degree program as of Fall 2022.

    Outcomes:

    1. Fellow will reach out to nongovernmental organizations in selected communities to help us learn more about how we educate the communities about lead-based paint issues.
    2. Fellow will help us implement our EJ Strategy by reaching out to key organizations for feedback and education.
    3. Depending on timing, Fellow will help organize official EPA engagement meetings on toxic chemicals to EJ organizations.

    Impact:

    1. The student will gain experience working in a government setting and understanding the careful balance of transparency and sensitivity of public policy development. Students will develop skills in meeting management, development of strategies and SOPs, and experience with stakeholder management.

    1. The rules that will be completed as a result of the outreach will have far reaching impact to industry and citizens. Some of the chemicals that we may regulate are widely used in industry and in products used in homes. If we decide to ban these chemicals in certain situations, the public will need to be informed of the coming changes. On an organizational level, we will develop strategic plans for engaging hard-to-reach stakeholders, like environmental justice organizations, and establish SOPs for future stakeholder engagement.

    Learn more about the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT): https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-chemical-safety-and-pollution-prevention-ocspp

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    Freedom Café / Foundation for Civic Leadership

    Local Food Systems for Democracy 

    Durham, NH 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview 
    Democracy House is a national initiative of the Foundation for Civic Leadership to develop physical spaces and programs that cultivate and secure a rich, broad-based, multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy. The Freedom Café in partnership with the Foundation for Civic Leadership are collaborating to establish a Democracy House at 74 Main Street in Durham, NH that will help facilitate connection between the town and campus, individuals and organizations, causes and actions; and be a go-to place where people work together for the common good and develop themselves as leaders in service of a more just and democratic future.   

    Considering the urgency of forced and exploitative labor in the supply chain, there is a need to build more just and equitable food systems both locally and globally. This project has the potential to support the UN Sustainability Goals of Responsible Consumption, Poverty and Hunger alleviation and Sustainable Communities. The challenge is always how do we build patterns and habits of transparency and accountability locally that can be replicated, inspire and support greater intentionality, transparency and accountability in increasingly larger and more disconnected contexts.   

    Operating from a theory that food systems and food justice are core to a healthy democracy and the pursuit of accessible and just local food systems have an import role to play in cultivating greater engagement and participation in community and democracy, the role of this Sustainability Fellowship is to develop, facilitate and synthesize market research that will help determine the scope of opportunity, interest and impact of including a local food market and/or responsible retail space on the ground floor of the developing Democracy House project at 74 Main Street in Durham.  

    Learn more about Freedom Café: https://thefreedomcafe.org/ 
    Learn more about Foundation for Civic Leadership: http://fcleadership.org/ 

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    Hypertherm, Inc.

    Carbon Pricing and Implementation at an ESOP Manufacturer 

    Hanover and Lebanon, NH 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview 
    Hypertherm has been pursuing a reduced carbon and environmental footprint for over a decade.  We have made great progress in energy efficiency of our buildings and manufacturing processes.  Our logistics and commuting carbon have been drastically reduced.  Our products’ efficiency has also been improved, and through life cycle assessment and recyclability analysis, we are poised to improve the circularity of our products and processes.  While we have built tools to assess our environmental impacts and justify improvements, more must be done to motivate teams to participate, and to prioritize and compare our improvement opportunities.  

    The purpose of this Fellowship is to enable the prioritization and comparison of sustainability projects by conducting research on the various ways in which carbon pricing programs are implemented in corporations, universities, and governments. The Fellow will detail the costs and benefits those other entities have found in implementing carbon pricing programs.  They will assess the current regulatory landscape for ways in which carbon pricing is being mandated and summarize facts that may point toward growing regulatory requirements.  The Fellow will also propose a method and phased approach (roadmap) for implementing internal carbon pricing at Hypertherm, incorporating input from the finance team on current financing and accounting practices. Lastly, they will design and prepare tools to allow teams within Hypertherm to implement carbon pricing. 

    Learn more about Hypertherm: https://www.hypertherm.com/en-US/ 

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    Impax Asset Management LLC

    Diversity Disclosures, Identifying Successful ED&I Strategies 

    Portsmouth, NH 
    Fully Remote 
     
    Project Overview

    There is a compelling body of research that shows diverse groups of people bring different experience and perspectives to the table, providing for more robust oversight, discussions, and decision-making. Diversity brings demonstrable value to business and investors, as well as to society.  
      
    Our Fellowship will synthesize existing studies and papers about diversity programs focused on corporate efforts to promote gender and race/ethnicity, articulate the attributes of successful strategies, and then identify observable, company-provided data to measure the performance or effectiveness of those strategies. While anecdotal information that illustrates the concepts of diversity programs can be useful, we are interested in systematic data to help facilitate comparisons between companies.   

    Learn more about Impax Asset Management: https://impaxam.com/ 

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    Northern Forest Center

    Sustainable Rural Tourism Fellow 

    Concord, NH 
    Option to be Fully Remote or Fully In-Person 

    Project Overview 
    The “Sustainable Rural Tourism” project will assist up to four communities in northern New Hampshire and Vermont in understanding and managing the impacts of visitors on local community and environmental resources.  

    Through its Rural Destination Development program, the Center helps existing and potential rural destination areas capitalize on recreational, cultural, community, and business assets to position themselves as compelling destinations for visitors (and visitor spending), new residents and businesses. The Center also understands that, in addition to economic benefits, tourism and related recreation can also lead to negative impacts on the environment and local quality of life.   

    With experts from the strategic consulting firm Future IQ, the Center is currently implementing a “Rural Tourism Academy” (RTA) in four communities in northern New Hampshire (Colebrook, Gorham) and northeastern Vermont (Newport, St. Johnsbury). Each RTA engages a broad group of community leaders to discuss sustainable tourism principles, establish visions, set goals, and create action plans. This summer, each community will be working to implement tangible projects, identified by local stakeholders, that advance local destination development goals.  

    Learn more about Northern Forest Center: https://northernforest.org/ 

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    Town of Durham

    Community Climate Action Planning and Outreach 

    Durham, NH 
    Option to be Fully Remote, Fully In-Person, or Hybrid 

    Project Overview 
    The Town of Durham has hosted Sustainability Fellows for the past four years; the Fellows have worked for the Town full-time during the summer and continued their projects half-time while completing their graduate degrees during the academic year.  Their work has helped Durham gain an understanding of the carbon footprint of both the municipal operations and the broader community and has spurred further leadership.  In summer 2020, a local government operations (LGO) greenhouse gas (GHG) and nitrogen pollution inventory was completed, and a process established for continued utility benchmarking through EPA Portfolio Manager.  In 2020-2021, the Town completed a community-scale GHG and nitrogen Inventory, including a focused look at the sources and sinks associated with community land use; created a new section of its website to focus on its sustainability efforts; and joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM). In the context of that commitment, Durham has also begun developing a Climate Action Plan which will be updated every two years as stipulated by GCoM.  

    Now Durham seeks a Sustainability Fellow for the summer of 2022 (and ideally also part-time during the subsequent academic year), to accomplish the following goals:   

    1. Complete and publish Durham’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), with special focus on “energy accessibility” (i.e., energy equity and justice) to the extent GCOM guidelines are available to guide that work  
    2. Launch the CAP with strategic community engagement efforts that promote buy-in and participation from Durham residents and businesses  
    3. Become familiar with GCOM reporting requirements, submit Durham’s 2022 GCOM reporting deliverables, and track/consolidate 2021 inventory data to accommodate ongoing updates as required by GCoM  
    4. Support continued climate action collaboration and coordination with key community partners: the Durham Energy Committee, the University of New Hampshire, Oyster River Cooperative School District, and Strafford Regional Planning Commission  
    5. Work on in-depth planning and implementation of GHG reduction projects as time permits and as outlined in the CAP: for example, support the Town’s work toward community power aggregation and/or toward developing and implementing a forward-thinking strategy for electric vehicle use and charging   
    6. Attend the Town’s bimonthly staff meeting to keep municipal departments update to date with sustainability and climate planning efforts  

    Learn more about the Town of Durham: https://www.ci.durham.nh.us/ 

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    Town of Concord, MA

    Increasing Community Engagement Capacity and Effectiveness 

    Concord, MA 
    Hybrid 

    Project Overview
    Sustainable Concord is comprised of five elements or categories (built environment, energy, mobility, natural resources, and preparedness) each with specific actions and implementation steps. Community engagement and outreach bisects every element. We also recognize the need to ensure that our climate and sustainability work advances racial equity and social justice.  Accordingly, an important aspect of this project will be delving into opportunities to advance climate resilience and racial equity in and beyond our town borders. 

    The Fellow will have an opportunity to select one of the topic areas or implementation steps in Sustainable Concord to ensure that the work is meaningful to the participant. Broadly, the goals of the Fellowship program will be to complete the following on the Fellow’s topic area of choice: 

    • Evaluate current engagement efforts’ effectiveness and reach. 
    • Identify strategies, messages, and partnerships with community-based organizations that will advance the topic area’s goals as identified in Sustainable Concord.  
    • Create innovative content to engage residents and businesses more equitably.  
    • Build capacity of the Sustainability Division beyond the Fellow’s term developing tools that are reusable and replicable. 

    Learn more about the Town of Concord: https://www.concordma.gov/ 

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    Union of Concerned Scientists

    State of the New England States: Inventory and Analysis of State Climate Action Plans Using the ICS Resilience Gap Framework 

    Cambridge, MA 
    Two Positions Open / Fully Remote

    Project Overview 
    Human society is at a point where we must concurrently reduce greenhouse gas emissions at an accelerated rate and adapt to climate impacts at local, state, and national, and international levels. Strong advances in state climate resilience policy are essential for effective, equitable responses to the climate crisis. Moreover, national policy (on many topics) originates in the crucible of state and local work; this is no less true for the topics of clean energy and adaptation. Shepherding our societies into a just, equitable, and resilient future in which people can survive and thrive in the face of climate change will require climate science, communications, movement building, and policy to incorporate the racial justice lessons we are learning through the nation's racial reckoning.  

    The Fellows working on this project will be evaluating state-level climate resilience efforts. In this context, UCS views resilience as an outcome that requires a robust combination of climate mitigation and adaptation measures. UCS established a framework for approaching this challenge of rapidly closing the “resilience gap,” defined as the gap between the threats communities will face as a result of current emissions trajectories and their level of preparedness to cope with those threats.  

    Two Fellows will work together on this project. There exists an opportunity, through a tandem Fellowship approach, to document and analyze state adaptation and mitigation plans, and assess (1) progress in states on both greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and resilience (2) what that progress can mean in the aggregate to the New England region and nation.   

    Learn more about UCS: https://www.ucsusa.org/ 

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    Unitil

    Climate Change Physical Risk Impact Assessment 

    Exeter, NH 
    Fully Remote 

    Project Overview 
    Unitil has been evaluating its carbon footprint and impact regarding climate change but has also been evaluating the effects of climate change on the company’s operations.  As an electric and gas utility delivery company located in a coastal region, we are looking to better understand the effects of climate change (e.g., sea level rise, storm frequency, extreme weather events, and flooding) on our physical assets.  Because the company owns critical assets like poles, wires, and equipment to deliver energy safely and reliably to customers, understanding the risks from climate change, specifically sea level rise, to these assets is important for proper planning.       

    The goals of this project would be to analyze and document the risk climate change poses to Unitil’s assets, specifically related to sea level rise impact, using sea level rise maps and the company’s Geographic Information System (GIS) maps.  Along with the company’s engineering department, use this information to determine the value of the impacted assets to be used in future company planning.   

    Learn more about Unitil: https://unitil.com/ 

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    Walden Mutual Bank

    Creating the Walden Mutual Food Stewardship Toolkit 

    Concord, NH 
    Fully In-Person 

    Project Overview 
    At Walden, we are lending to businesses across the food ecosystem – meaning we work with farms as well as the processors, retailers, distributors, non-profits, and more that each play a key role in how food moves through the community. As part of the Walden Mutual lending process, we ask borrowers to take our stewardship survey – a series of about 30 questions modeled from the B Impact Assessment (the tool developed by the non-profit B Lab used for B Corp certification) intended to help our partners reflect on their impact. We’re committed to working with both businesses at the cutting edge of social and environmental practices, as well as those that are just starting their transition.   

    As such, we’re looking for a Fellow to create a toolkit that meets borrowers where they are and aids them in applying social and environmental measures to their own businesses. The goal is to help borrowers take action on issues where they have room to grow, whether that involves guidance on how to write a mission statement, how to measure carbon emissions, how to implement more equitable labor practices, or more.  

    Learn more about Walden Mutual Bank: https://waldenmutual.com/ 

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    Fellows are expected to dedicate most of their time to their assigned projects, and also to participate in a variety of networking activities, professional development opportunities and presentations arranged by our staff. Fellows are required to:

    • Attend a mandatory orientation, May 31 - June 2, prior to the start of the fellowship term. 
    • Work with partner organization, June 6 - August 19.
    • Commit 400 hours to the Fellowship between May 31 and August 19, which allows for some time off during the Fellowship term.
    • Complete a Fellowship project according to the work plan. 
    • Participate in weekly webinars and group meetings. 
    • Present work at mandatory mid-term and final presentation events on July 14 and August 11, respectively. 
    • Engage in additional professional development and networking activities. 
    • Provide and receive feedback at the end of the Fellowship. 
    Thank you for your interest, the 2022 Application period has closed. 

    QUESTIONS? Contact Alexis Dwyer at Alexis.Dwyer@unh.edu.

    1. Review the program information in the dropdowns above, including eligibility requirements, important dates, expectations, and benefits. 

    2. Review the list of 2022 Sustainability Fellowship Project Descriptions; determine which projects are of interest to you, and aligned with your background and skills. You may apply for up to 3 Fellowships. Applicants who apply for more than 3 Fellowships  will not be considered.  

    3. Gather your application materials prior to beginning the online application. (Consider referring to these resources on the UNH Career and Professional Success webpages.) 

    • COVER LETTER
      Prepare a unique cover letter for each Fellowship for which you would like to apply (up to 3). In your cover letter, indicate exactly which project you are applying for, using the complete name of the project and host organization. The best cover letters not only express enthusiasm for the project or general passion for the topic, but they also draw a clear connection between the skills and attributes you bring to the position and the needs for that project. 
    • RESUME
      Prepare one resume that highlights your background relative to the Fellowship(s) for which you plan to apply.
    • REFERENCES
      List three academic, professional, or volunteer references who can speak to your specific skills and experiences, as well as your ability to work independently, synthesize ideas, communicate well, collaborate among diverse groups, and adapt to new situations. Letters of Recommendation are not required. For each reference, include:
      • title
      • organization
      • preferred contact information (phone and/or email)
    • WRITING SAMPLE
      Select a 1-2 page writing sample from your academic or professional work. In asking for a writing sample, we are simply trying to gauge your skill in written communication - it is not necessary to demonstrate knowledge of relevant content. Select a piece of writing that demonstrates your ability to communicate in a style that is most relevant to the project(s) of interest to you (e.g. academic research, public outreach, etc.) If you want to represent more than one style, you may include two one-page samples. Excerpts from longer pieces are fine and can include an explanatory note.

    4. Assemble your application package:
    Combine your materials into a single PDF in the following order (and name your PDF as follows:  FirstName_MiddleName_LastName_2022.pdf ):

    1. Cover letter(s): If submitting more than one, order letters according to preference. 
    2. Resume 
    3. References 
    4. Writing sample 

    5. Complete the online application, upload your application package and submit by February 14.

    What happens next?

    We look forward to reviewing your applications. Most applicants who are invited to interview for Fellowships will be contacted by early March. Interviews are conducted throughout the month of March, and most offers are extended by early April. The Fellowship program begins with orientation, May 31 - June 2, which will be conducted online.   

    QUESTIONS? Contact Alexis Dwyer at Alexis.Dwyer@unh.edu.

    Interested in hiring a Fellow? Learn more:

    You design the project. We recruit a highly qualified Fellow with qualifications specifically tailored to the needs of your project and organization. We work together to train and mentor your Fellow throughout the summer, jointly invested in the project’s success and the Fellow’s education. Here’s what partner organizations get out of hosting a Fellow:

    • World-class talent working on-site with you to support your sustainability initiatives
    • A pool of applicants with skills aligned to the needs of your project
    • Collaboration and support in developing your project plan
    • An outstanding Fellow who is supported by an active network of sustainability professionals
    • Recruiting, hiring, payroll, HR, and professional development coordinated by UNH
    • Opportunities to network with other organizations engaged in similar work

    Thank you for your interest! The summer 2022 host Request for Project Proposal period has closed. Please reach out to Alexis Dwyer (Alexis.Dwyer@unh.edu) anytime to discuss project ideas for summer 2023.

    Host partners are primarily responsible for the design of the Fellowship projects and for the day-to-day oversight of their Fellows. Partners are asked to participate in the selection of their Fellow, co-develop a project plan with our staff, engage with the network, and most importantly, prioritize the meaningful mentorship of their Fellow. Specifically, partner organizations commit to:

    • Develop a project that will be impactful for the partner organization and intellectually stimulating for the Fellow. Create a position description and a detailed project work plan in collaboration with our staff.
    • Engage in the interview and selection process.
    • Designate a primary Fellowship mentor who will provide project guidance, be accessible on a day-to-day basis as needed and reserve at least two hours per week for regularly scheduled meetings with the Fellow during the Fellowship term, May 31 – August 19.
    • Encourage the Fellow’s participation in training and networking opportunities provided by our staff, Fellowship presentations and additional activities relevant to the fellow’s project and/or career.
    • Ensure that the mentor can participate in orientation (June 1) and either the midterm (July 14) or the final presentation event (August 11). 
    • Be available for 2-3 planning calls with us and provide two brief written updates on the Fellow’s progress over the course of the summer. 
    • Actively connect with other Fellows and partners throughout the network.
    • Provide the Fellow with a computer and other necessary resources and contacts required for the successful completion of the project. If the Fellow has a disability, the partner organization will make reasonable accommodations.
    • Provide and receive feedback at the end of the Fellowship term.

    We mutually invest with host partners, in the learning experience of each Fellow and the impactful outcome of each project. Fellows receive compensation for their work according to their level of education. Host partners are asked to contribute at the following rates*:

    Undergraduate Fellow: $6,500

    Post Baccalaureate Fellow: $8,000

    * UNH raises funds to enable partners to host Fellows, even if they are not able to contribute at this level. In their proposals, host partners have an opportunity to state the level at which they can contribute. Through the generous support of Jane’s Trust Foundation, Josephine A. Lamprey, alumni of the program, and others, UNH is able to offer grants to offset a portion of the partner’s contribution for many organizations, especially municipalities and non-profits. 

    Each November, partner organizations interested in hosting a Fellow for the summer are invited to propose Fellowship projects. Organizations interested in hosting Fellows in the future are encouraged to contact program staff to learn more, discuss project ideas, and receive a notification when the next Request for Proposals is released.

    Please note, the host application period for summer 2022 has closed. To discuss future projects, please reach out anytime to Alexis Dwyer at Alexis.Dwyer@unh.edu.

    Project Themes
    As one of the aims of the program is to facilitate collaboration between Fellows, proposals for projects that align with the following themes are particularly encouraged:

    • Greenhouse gas emissions, energy and transportation
    • Sustainable business, finance and investing
    • Community development and resilience

    If you have questions about the themes or an idea for a Fellowship project that may fall outside of these themes, please contact us to discuss; innovative ideas are encouraged.

    Ideal Fellowship projects include the following characteristics:

    • The project is likely to catalyze long-term, substantial change, and/or to establish a replicable model.
    • The project goals and approach are considered through a social justice lens.     
    • The work is challenging, in-depth, and the selected Fellow can assume significant ownership.
    • The outcomes are tangible and can be completed in 400 hours during the summer. 
    • The Fellow’s time and expertise are critical to completing the work.
    • Mentors are invested in the outcome of the project as well as the Fellow’s experience.
    • Partner organizations have a demonstrated structure in place to support and supervise a Fellow.
    • Partner organizations can demonstrate that diversity, equity and inclusion are important aspects of the organization’s mission, operations and/or mentorship team. 
    • Partner organizations are in geographic proximity to one another - consider suggesting that other organizations in your local area might host a Fellow.
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      Thank you for orchestrating the fellowship process - recruiting excellent candidates and streamlining the hiring and project development process.  BED was confident that we’d land with an exceptional young and emerging professional, and that the effort on our part would be well worth the time...  It is encouraging to know that Annika –  and her fellowship peers – are now all the more prepared to grow into leadership and professional roles that will better address the challenges ahead and contribute to the wider social good.  

      – Jennifer Green, Sustainability Officer, City of Burlington

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