Sustainability Fellowships

Sustainability Fellowships
Fellows cohort with hosts


Hands-on experience & professional development


A growing network of sustainability leaders


Building resilience throughout New England

What is the Sustainability Fellowship?

The Sustainability Fellowship pairs exceptional UNH undergraduate students and post-baccalaureates (grad students and recent grads) from UNH and universities across the United States* with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners to work on transformative sustainability projects.  Don’t think your field of study connects with sustainability? Rethink that. We define sustainability broadly – as framed by the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 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 host organizations, Fellows are supported by their Fellowship peers as well as an active network of partner organizations, 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


Contact Alexis Dwyer with questions or to discuss future project ideas.

2023 Fellowship applications have closed.


Important Dates & Information

Fellowship FAQs

2023 Key Dates

December 22 Applications Open for Students
January 30 Review of Applications Begins
February 10 Final Deadline - Student Applications Due by 11:59 p.m. EST
End of February/March Student Interviews
Mid March Fellows Receive Offers
April 1 Fellowship Cohort Announced

Fellowship Term: May 30 - August 18 

May 30 - 31 Orientation
June 21 - 22 Launch Event
August 10 Final presentations
August 18 Last day of the Fellowship

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Each Fellowship position 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 Fellowship projects covers a broad range of sustainability topics such as renewable energy, social justice and equity, carbon emissions, climate resilience, food systems, and responsible investing. Projects involve various types of work such as, community engagement, communications, data analysis, policy work, research and more. Host organizations include companies, non-profits, government agencies and academic institutions.

The Sustainability Fellowship program includes two cohorts – an undergraduate and a post-baccalaureate 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 dropdown. Each position includes specific requirements in terms of academic background, skills, and experience. When applying, please refer to individual position descriptions for details. 

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Sustainability Fellowship Details

Program Goals

The Sustainability Fellowship program is designed to cultivate projects that catalyze long-term, substantial change for our host partners, provide a rich experiential learning opportunity for our Fellows, and spark interdisciplinary collaboration within our growing Alumni Network. 

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

    See Examples of Past Fellowship Projects

    Check out some of our past and present host organizations

    Sustainability Fellows benefit from the experience by gaining:
    • Sought-after skills and knowledge around sustainability
    • Access to extensive professional support and networks
    • Outstanding portfolio and resume material
    • Competitive compensation
    • Potential for academic credit (through student’s home institution)
    • Potential to integrate their project into thesis/dissertation work
    • Personal fulfillment associated with “owning” a project, accomplishing meaningful work, and connecting with a community of like-minded individuals
    Compensation for Fellows

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

    • Undergraduate UNH Cohort:  $6,000 ($15/hour for 400 hours)
    • Post-baccalaureate NATIONAL Cohort:  $8,000 ($20/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.

    Expectations of Fellows

    Fellows are expected to dedicate most of their time to their assigned projects and 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 30 - June 1, prior to the start of the fellowship term. 
    • Work with partner host organization, June 1 - August 18.
    • Commit 400 hours to the Fellowship between May 30 and August 18, 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 Launch and Final Presentation events on June 12/13 and August 10, respectively. 
    • Engage in additional professional development and networking activities. 
    • Provide and receive feedback at the end of the Fellowship. 

      2023 Project Descriptions, Cohort Eligibility & Application Instructions


      Undergraduate UNH Cohort 

      • Open to UNH undergraduate students who will graduate after May 2023 (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

      Post-baccalaureate NATIONAL Cohort 

      • Open to post-baccalaureates, current graduate students and recent graduate students who will have earned an undergraduate degree from ANY U.S. college or university by June 2023 (at time of application: seniors, recent graduates and graduate students). International students who are currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university are welcome and encouraged to apply. 
      • And be eager to apply specialized skills to advance the field in a particular area and to accomplish tangible outcomes for host organization
        *Scroll below the 2023 Undergraduate cohort positions to see the 2023 Post-baccalaureate position descriptions.

      2023 Undergraduate UNH Cohort Position Descriptions

      Co-op Food Stores:

      Improve Co-op Food Stores B Impact - Environment Score 

      Hanover, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Co-op Food Stores (Co-op) is a member owned consumer cooperative based in southern New Hampshire and Vermont. The Co-op operates four food stores, two auto service centers, a commissary kitchen, and resource center with close to 24,000 members and 350 employees. The Co-op reached $87 million in sales in 2021. We are a triple bottom line business focusing on people, planet, and profit. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Co-op is undertaking a new comprehensive environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program that includes using the B Impact Assessment as a tool to gauge baseline status and create an improvement plan within all sections of the B Impact Assessment tool including the Environment section.  

      The Sustainability Fellow will help the Co-op improve overall scores within the environment category using the criteria explicitly set forth by the B Impact Assessment tool. After scoring 51.3 points out of 80 points (to be eligible for Certified B Corp) the Co-op realizes it falls short in all areas of the Assessment. While the goal is not to attain B Corp status, the Co-op is using this framework of industry best practices to help guide programming, staffing, and resource efforts in the coming years.  

      Specific areas of improvement are noted around the need for an Environmental Management System (EMS) covering waste generation, energy use, water usage, and carbon emissions including policy statement development, program design and resources, and periodic compliance review and audits to evaluate programs and progress. 

      The Co-op has commissioned Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) to conduct a baseline assessment and create a Green House Gas (GHG) Report template based on tracked energy use and waste for 2019. This project would build upon that work and create a process for next steps to improve environmental performance measures and set targets for improvement across the organization. The goal is to have a comprehensive organizational EMS to help guide future activities for the Co-op and to eventually share those activities with employees and members to improve engagement and transparency.  

      A tangible product/deliverables would be  

      • An EMS report for the Co-op which builds upon the GHG report from VEIC, incorporating other measures of environmental performance as needed 
      • A template to track progress toward goals 
      • A formal review process to evaluate programs 

      A student familiar and interested in organizational environmental performance, someone who understands and can work with complex data from various sources and incorporate the data into a usable plan. The Fellow will create the plan to help to articulate and visualize the Co-op’s current environmental footprint, help to set aspiring yet achievable goals for the future that is readable and sharable with leadership team, ESG Program Manager, members, customers, and employees.  

      Broad Impact 
      This project could be useful as a model for other organizations that seek to improve environmental performance of their business by reducing emissions and waste and creating systems to track progress toward goals that is comprehensive, trackable, future looking, and useful. As companies are looking to improve social and environmental impact and customers seek to do businesses that do good, this project could provide a useful framework to develop an EMS from scratch, working with an organization on specifics, helping to set goals, and track progress and creating a report that may be shareable with certain audiences to improve transparency and accountability. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Interests in businesses that do good, that are transparent and accountable, that are authentic with deep roots and history, that seek to maximize community impact through social and environmental initiatives that align with member values  
      • Background and interest in environmental policy, systems, tracking, emissions, waste reduction, facilities management, social and environmental impact awareness, and complex organizational structures (multi-sectored, multi-million-dollar business activities) is helpful 
      • Strong familiarity and experience with the B Impact Assessment tool (particularly the Environment section)  
      • Background and interest with large business enterprises, environmental policy, environmental science, carbon emission, energy use, waste generation and disposal 
      • Ability to communicate clearly, use of email, phone, ZOOM, interpersonal skills, passion for social and/or environmental positive impact, authentic interest in businesses that do good, forward thinking with a positive attitude  
      • Ability to manage larger databases, assimilate data from a variety of sources, ability to make the data understandable/usable for multiple audiences 
      • This skill will be useful when working with/for other companies that use the B Impact Assessment as a tool to gauge Environmental performance or for any company looking to do better in their practices. 
      • Understanding of the cooperative business model, member owned businesses, and retail food business is a plus. 

      Co-op Food Stores
      PO Box 633
      Hanover, NH 03755 
      Work will be performed both onsite and online as needed. 

      April Harkness, ESG Program Manager, Co-op Food Stores  

      GWI, Inc 

      Road-mapping Packaging and Fossil Fuel Reduction for Telecommunications Carrier 

      Biddeford, Maine 
      Fully Remote 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Biddeford, Maine, GWI ( is a Maine owned and operated Internet Service Provider (ISP), serving residential and business customers and is an advocate for the expansion of high-speed fiber optic internet access in the state. The first broadband carrier in the nation to become B Corporation certified, GWI is an industry leader in designing, constructing, funding, and operating high-speed fiber networks. 

      GWI has been an industry leader in providing reliable and affordable internet and telecommunications services throughout the State of Maine with an emphasis on building and retaining community relationships.  The Company was founded on the belief that the internet is an essential right for all Americans and must be available to everyone, regardless of location or income status.  GWI feels that it is their human obligation to offer the best quality of service to its customers while holding strong to the principles of net neutrality, open access, and data privacy. 

      We are a company that builds 21st century infrastructure which communities depend on to conduct their lives and grow their economy. Our networks are infused with our DNA of network neutrality, privacy, and security. These networks are vital for everyone; digital inclusion is a fundamental goal.  

      Every day we measure our performance not just on profit but on the positive impact our network has on the communities we passionately serve. We strive to become a better environmentally conscious company and are taking a leading role in defining what it means to be a company in the 21st century by executing plans that will have a generational impact on our society at large. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      While GWI is a small player in the supply chain eco-system it participates in (packages and vehicles), the vendors we buy from are large corporations who may or may not share our sustainability goals.  

      The Fellow will help GWI move towards its goal of reducing its dependence on fossil fuels via our operational installation/maintenance fleet of trucks. This will include an analysis of viability and feasibility. 

      The outcome we seek is a realistic roadmap report summarizing the current state of the industry and, most importantly, a series of concrete steps GWI can take in the next 1-5 years to become more environmentally responsible, with specific initiatives, groups, and associations that directly impact sustainability-focused decision making. 

      This includes identifying and building relationships with external organizations that we can have partnerships and conversations with as well as with those who would be interested in piloting initiatives to demonstrate a pathway to larger efforts.  

      GWI’s Sustainability Roadmap will specify the actions GWI can take to:

      1. Coordinate/influence/collaborate with its vendors to implement packaging methodologies that are sustainable and environmentally conscious  
      2. Implement a mid to long term strategy to have its entire field service vehicle infrastructure be entirely hybrid or electric 

      Example of research to be done:  

      • The Fellow would identify efforts by the heavy equipment industry to transition from large fossil burning construction vehicles (what we currently use) to more sustainable options, such as hybrid solutions. Throughout this assessment, the Fellow would track industry players and cost considerations. 
      • The Fellow would investigate our current vendors to understand their current packaging methodologies and suggest ways GWI and the vendors can contribute to more environmentally friendly solutions that can be realistically implemented in the near to mid-term timeframe. 

      The Fellow will receive mentorship on how to navigate a complex strategic initiative; directing a trajectory that can have wide reaching impact. A successful Fellow will gain the skill of asking the right questions and determining which answer makes the most sense for the situation at hand. The Fellow will also gain the ability to evolve critical thinking to have context and to create decision path. We find that, perhaps underrated in our age, but nonetheless extremely necessary, is our ability to just find and talk to people to get to the desired outcomes. 

      Broad Impact 
      GWI is not alone in being a company that has a limited lever in influencing large decisions at a corporate level with the vendors with whom they work. But the work we need to influence is essential, elemental, and necessary. The fact is that there are more smaller companies than large… so how is that collaboration possible and intersectional? The issues we need to address just for ourselves (packaging and transportation) are large, unwieldly, messy, complicated, political and albeit even confusing; so how we make a sense of it and find a path of discrete and specific implementation.  

      The implementation of GWI’s Sustainability Roadmap, even at this micro-level, will have a massive impact on GWI and by direct extension, on many thousands of our customers and community members. If we can show that there is a way, then there is a template for all the thousands of other smaller companies locally, regionally, and nationally. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      The ideal candidate will: 

      • Exhibit curiosity, a desire to dive into details and uncover information, and a proclivity to picking up the phone and following the proverbial breadcrumbs trail to talk to the right people.  
      • Have a solid set of communication skills. 
      • Have an appreciation of B-Corp Certified companies and a desire to impact future generations.  
      • Be motivated, self-directed and goal oriented.  
      • Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

      Work will be performed online. 

      43 Landry Street 
      Biddeford, ME 04005 

      Kerem Durdag , President and COO, GWI 
      Heather Kelley, VP of People and Culture, GWI 

      Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership

      Hurricane Island Summer Sustainability Steward 

      Rockland, ME 
      Fully In-person, living on the island
      This Fellowship position is proudly supported by Tom’s of Maine. 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership is a transformative learning community on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Our mission is to integrate science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally-sustainable island community. Through experiential education programs and research opportunities in STEM disciplines we aim to excite people about doing science and about being leaders in the next wave of scientific discovery and environmental conservation. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Fellow will be our Summer Sustainability Steward and will play a crucial role in Hurricane Island’s sustainability practices by 1) strategizing around how to bring our new sustainable Field Research System onto our existing solar powered micro-grid; 2) supporting our facilities team in upgrading the sustainability systems in use on Hurricane Island; 3) educating island visitors and summer science program participants about how these systems work; and 4) co-leading with one of our educators, a ten day education intensive focused on sustainability leadership practices for high school students.  

      The first part of the Fellowship will be spent learning the systems with our island staff, troubleshooting when the water stops working, learning how to fix a solar panel, discovering how composting toilets work, and strategizing around systems optimization. As the Fellow becomes familiar with the sustainable systems on the island, they can begin to engage in hands-on science communication practices along with our education team, educating visitors to the island about operating off the grid through informal learning opportunities like sustainability walks, volunteer days, and short workshops. Depending on the interests of the Fellow, this opportunity to engage in informal education and science communication can focus more closely on one or two of the island’s sustainable systems––from improving our food systems and programs to optimizing our use of solar energy.  

      This summer, we will complete construction on the Field Research Station, a new state of the art marine research facility that will be the first offshore research station in Penobscot Bay and the second in the Gulf of Maine. A major component of the Fellow’s responsibility this summer will be helping us assess the strengths and weaknesses of our existing solar-powered microgrid, and supporting us in considering how to bring this new facility onto the grid. The building, constructed with wood-fiber panels and equipped with monitoring equipment to collect data on its own energy use, will be carbon negative––producing more energy than it consumes. However, it will majorly impact the operations of our small island’s solar grid and storage capacity. By the end of the summer, the Fellow will have been an instrumental part of the design team, recommending best practices from their own learning and experience, that help us bring this new facility into our existing grid.  

      The sustainability leadership curriculum that was developed and taught during the high school sustainability leadership program last year will serve as a starting point for this year’s High School Sustainability Leadership program, providing solid base for this year’s program. Building upon that excellent curriculum, this year’s Fellow will use their own experience in innovation, design, and engineering to expand last year’s one week program into a ten-day program, offering more time for students to engage in creating working prototypes of their design solutions. The Fellow and one of our educators will co-lead that program, working directly with high school students as they identify and work to solve sustainability challenges on the island. 

      The Fellow would gain experience in maintaining and improving the sustainable waste, water, food, and energy systems that power our off-the-grid campus, and engage in creative problem solving to support the functionality of these systems. The Fellow would engage in helping us strategize a major shift in our solar-powered microgrid, gaining hands-on experience in real world applications of energy use problem solving. Working with our research team will offer the Fellow experience in marine research and resource management and provide an opportunity to learn about sustainable sea vegetable and shellfish aquaculture practices at our 3.2 acre marine research site. The Fellow will gain practical skills like how to fix a solar panel, weld, or solve for a water shortage on the island. The Fellow will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply the SDG framework to a working sustainable system, and how to audit a sustainable system and suggest changes for optimization. The Fellow will also gain experience in offering informal learning and science communication practices through contact with island visitors and will develop expertise in designing and instructing sustainability leadership curriculum through collaborative work with our education team.  

      The informal education offered to island visitors and summer science program participants will serve as a learning lab in which the Fellow can explore ideas of teaching hands-on sustainability. The Fellow will have an opportunity to synthesize and codify some of this learning in designing and instructing the curriculum for the ten day high school sustainability leadership program. This curriculum, designed in collaboration with our education team and built upon the expertise and work that the Fellow has brought to the island during their summer residency, will serve as a capstone project for the Fellow. It will also serve as a series of learning modules that can be made available to engage high school students across Maine in place-based learning practices focused on sustainability leadership. Last year, our Fellow worked with students to develop plans for a sea-cooled refrigerated storage room and next summer’s Fellow may be helpful in implementing this innovative design.  

      The four objectives of the Fellowship each have concrete outcomes with long term goals in mind. Thinking critically about integrating our new Field Research Station into our energy use plan is a necessary and impactful step in making the island more sustainable and will be beneficial to our marine research operations going forward. These action steps are invaluable to our mission and strategic plan as we continue to promote our island campus as a sustainable-systems learning lab. Together with one of our educators, the Fellow will use feedback from last year’s program students and the Fellow’s own experience and expertise to modify and deliver the curriculum. This curriculum serves as a resource to educators across the state, and will be made publicly available as a learning tool on our website and in our year round work with schools.  

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Academic Background: 

      • Current undergraduate student 


      • Familiarity with solar power and sustainable waste, water, and food systems 
      • Involvement in community service projects, leadership, and social and 
      • environmental justice. 
      • General familiarity with aquaculture. 
      • Working experience with racial and ethnic minority groups, English language learners, urban youth, low-income communities, immigrant communities, LGBTQ communities, people with special needs, and other groups that are underrepresented in the field of environmental education. 

      General / Soft Skills: 

      • Comfort leading formal and informal learning experiences with middle and high school students 
      • Demonstrated initiative to identify and complete projects and work independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision. 
      • Effective communication and interpersonal skills. 
      • A demonstrated enthusiasm for teaching. 
      • E growth mindset including a willingness to be coached and openness to 
      • feedback. 
      • Commitment to equity and inclusion within our community and participation in a culture of continual learning around equity and inclusion work. 

      Technical / Specialized Skills:

      • Experience with environmental data collection and management would be a plus. 
      • Comfortable writing up research findings and reports. 
      • Experience and comfort with using basic hand tools. 
      • Capable of safely lifting 50lbs of weight and working on unstable surfaces. 


      • General interest in informal learning, place-based education approaches and science communication. 
      • Ability and willingness to work and live in a remote island community with rustic and off-the-grid accommodations where all staff share living and work spaces. 

      Fully in-person 

      Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership 
      19 Commercial Street 
      Rockland, ME 04841 

      Work will be performed onsite on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, 12 miles off the coast of Rockland, ME. 


      John Van Dis, Director of Education 
      Kyle Amergian, Education Manager 
      Ryan Wahle, Facilities Manager 

      Hypertherm Associates 

      Research on Awards and Assessments for CSR Programs 

      Hanover, NH 
      Options for In-person, hybrid, or remote 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Hypertherm Associates engineers and manufactures industrial cutting products used by companies around the world to build ships, airplanes, and railcars, construct steel buildings, manufacture heavy equipment, and more. Its products include cutting systems, CNCs, and software trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses. Founded in 1968 and based in New Hampshire, Hypertherm is a 100 percent Associate owned company, employing more than 1,800 Associates, with operations and partner representation worldwide.  Hypertherm Associates is committed to carbon neutrality by 2030 as one of its aggressive 2030 sustainability goals.  Its Associates volunteer a combine 27,000 hours per year and make grants to local non-profits through Hypertherm’s HOPE Foundation.  Learn more

      About the Fellowship: 
      Hypertherm’s corporate social responsibility journey began 13 years ago.  Since then, we have accomplished many improvements, developed a robust understanding of our impacts, and stretched toward aggressive goals.  One way to understand how our programs and their results compare to the best in class is to apply for awards, recognition, and assessments that are administered by third party experts.   

      The purpose of this Fellowship project is to create an index of applicable awards across the region, nation, and globe that Hypertherm could consider for the benefits of learning, benchmarking, and recognition.  The Fellow will also complete at least one application for an award or assessment.   

      The goal of the project is for Hypertherm to benefit from benchmarking, ranking, comparison to other organizations, and possible recognition amongst peers, communities, job candidates and pride for existing associates.  We see awards as a research tool that can enable us to learn about best practices across a broad diversity of other organizations.   The categories in which we hope to benchmark ourselves and learn best practices from others include: Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Stewardship, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Community Engagement and Service, Philanthropy, Recovery Friendly Workplace, and employee focused innovative benefits.   


      1. Index of awards, assessments, or recognition opportunities will be created, listing the topics covered, deadline, scope, etc. 
      2. At least one award or assessment application will be completed and submitted. 

      Two parts: 

      1. The Fellow will gain an understanding of how a corporate CSR program works, along with all the associated initiatives and metrics.  They will also learn about best practices and assessment frameworks and the organizations that manage the awards, recognition, or assessments.  At the end, they will have a presentation and index that they created, as well as a completed application to an award on behalf of Hypertherm.  They will also experience interviews and conversations with Hypertherm subject matter experts as to Hypertherm’s strengths and which awards should be applied to. 
      2. Hypertherm strives to “do the right thing” and to live up to the high expectations of our Associate-owners and communities.  Learning that certain activities are “the right thing” AND that they are expectations of outside expert entities lends further weight to a potential improvement action.  In addition, improvement actions that are associated with awards and recognition will get additional buy-in and a push for implementation that will ultimately benefit our planet, communities, and workers.  In addition, Hypertherm is generous with sharing our best practices with others, and especially locally, other businesses trust what we have done and seek to replicate it.  When we accomplish more, or when what we accomplish earns an award, it is more likely that others will replicate these activities. We would also be willing to share this “index of awards” matching tool with other organizations. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Academic Background: basic or intermediate familiarity with the vocabulary of environmental sustainability and community service 
      • Experience: experience conducting research both online, through printed sources, and through conversations with subject matter experts 
      • Soft Skills: capable of independent work, organizing a project, follow up and problem solving 
      • Technical / Specialized Skills: Excel and PowerPoint;  basic level of expertise 
      • Interests:  should be interested in environmental and social responsibility  

      Hypertherm Associates
      71 Heater Road
      Lebanon, NH  

      Work will be performed either onsite OR online OR Hybrid. 

      Robin Tindall, Environmental Stewardship Team Leader 
      Stacey Chiocchio, Community Stewardship Manager 

      Lonza Biologics  

      Corporate Citizenship Fellow 

      Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Lonza is a preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech, and nutrition markets. We work to enable a healthier world by supporting our customers to deliver new and innovative medicines that help treat a wide range of diseases. We achieve this by combining technological insight with world-class manufacturing, scientific expertise, and process excellence. Our unparalleled breadth of offerings enables our customers to commercialize their discoveries and innovations in the healthcare industry. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Fellow will work largely independently to drive environmental, volunteering, sponsorship, and educational outreach projects. This will particularly focus on solidifying the structure of our Corporate Citizenship Program, which is Lonza’s main entity for outreach and engagement to the community and is being piloted by the Portsmouth, NH site for the company as a whole. The main focus for the Fellow will be on incorporating new leads, assisting with revising vision and mission goals, increasing visibility for sub-teams, and creating stronger awareness of the Corporate Citizenship Program’s aims and impacts. 

      Coordinate development of the Corporate Citizenship Team: 

      • Embed the Sustainable Development Goals into all facets of the Corporate Citizenship Program 
      • Reorganize and launch the community service program for employees in 2023. 
      • Incorporate and integrate new leadership for the STEM program’s Corporate Citizenship Team. 
      • Position the Team to set a revised vision and mission goals for 2023. 
      • Increase visibility for some sub-teams (e.g. LEAF) to incorporate further into Corporate Citizenship. 

      The Fellow will gain leadership, project management, and consensus-building skills. In addition to event planning experience, this position will help hone the Fellow’s strategic thinking to implement the concepts of diverse teams.  

      Broad Impact 
      Create stronger awareness in 2023 for the Corporate Citizenship mission and work, having board impacts in: 

      • Assisting with efforts on global alignment on Corporate Citizenship structure 
      • Coordinating standing monthly agendas and meetings 
      • Attend functional meetings 
      • Coordinate efforts to kick off community service events  
      • Continue to explore volunteering opportunities with local non-profits 
      • Assist with STEM sub-team to recalibrate with new leads and help plan 2023 objectives 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • An academic interest in environmental and science subjects.  
      • Organized and detail-oriented  
      • Strong customer service skills  
      • The ability to listen well and follow direction 
      • Proficient in the MS Office suite on a pc 
      • Prior office experience a plus 

      101 International Drive
      Portsmouth, NH 03801 

      Work will be performed onsite. 

      Ela Schmuhl, Head of Site Communications and Corporate Citizenship Lead 
      Bob Toriello, Manufacturing Manager, Corporate Citizenship member 
      Jessica Bairam, Quality Assurance, Corporate Citizenship member

      Lonza Biologics

      Lonza 2030 Sustainability Roadmap 

      Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Lonza Biologics is a 125-year old company focused on bringing any therapy to life. We are a contract development and manufacturing partner for biopharmaceuticals. Lonza’s location in Portsmouth, NH, is a 25-year old site, focused on life-changing medicines across three platforms: mammalian, cell and gene therapy, and mRNA. The Portsmouth site is a large-scale clinical to commercial manufacturing facility.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      Lonza Biologics is putting into practice the saying “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” by conducting regular tracking of their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, and water use. The Fellow will analyze and track progress on Lonza’s 2030 sustainability goals for energy, greenhouse gases, waste, and water. The Fellow will both gain key insights into how a multinational company is tackling its sustainability and also make a real contribution by identifying opportunities for improvement.  

      Lonza is completing a four-pronged sustainability study with a consultant that is focusing on four areas: Energy, greenhouse gases, waste, and water. This study, which will be completed by the consultants by January 2023, will help drive Lonza’s sustainability activities to help reach Lonza’s 2030 Sustainability goals.  

      The UNH Sustainability Fellow will review the study completed by the consultants and will calculate the progress on each of the four metrics (energy, greenhouse gases, waste, water). The Fellow will assess the impact of each project implemented by Lonza and will provide insights on potential opportunities for new projects. Additionally, based on the results of the study, there will be a to-be-determined project that the Fellow can take the lead with. 

      The Fellow will analyze progress and accomplishments for all four aspects of Lonza’s sustainability tracking (energy, greenhouse gases, waste, water). The Fellow will summarize these findings in a report, including current accomplishments in regard to sustainability and  the contribution of each project and action to Lonza’s goals.  The report will also show the projects and opportunities, as well as identify gaps in Lonza’s ability to meet 2030 goals that need to be addressed as a company. 

      Hands-on, real-world experience in the operational elements of a manufacturing plant, specifically, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, waste, water treatment, and utilities. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be part of designing/implementing solutions that helps us optimize use of our sustainability resources. Additionally, the Fellow will have exposure to a team-oriented, can-do attitude, and outside-the-box thinking culture. 

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Must be a current junior (rising senior). 

      Intellectual curiosity. Love of science. Science and/or engineering background preferred. Math and statistical skills helpful, including experience with Microsoft Excel. Project management and time management important. Should be comfortable speaking with/interviewing people--will need to interact with a number of engineers, facilities, and  environmental, health, and safety people. Will need to be comfortable wearing steel toe shoes/boots, protective glasses, and hard hat (all of which we can provide) when visiting/viewing facilities. 

      101 International Drive
      Portsmouth, NH, 03801 

      Work will be performed with a mixture of onsite / online.

      Lauren Giannini, EHS Specialist 
      Alex Gialluca, Utilities and HVAC Operations Specialist 
      Eric Snyder, Head of EHS 
      John Maravich, Head of Engineering and Facilities

      New England Young Fishermen's Alliance 

      Telling the Story of the Next Generation on our Working Waterfronts  

      Seabrook, NH 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The New England Young Fishermen’s Alliance formed in early 2022, with the assistance of a 3-year grant from the USDA, FMLPP grant program. Our intention is to provide a resource-sharing, networking, and training organization for the next generation of small boat, young fishermen and women in northern New England. This is in direct response to the phenomenon called “the graying of the fleet”, occurring nationwide, but particularly apparent in northern New England ports.   We recently incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in NH and formed our Founding Board of young Directors. We currently offer a unique Deckhand to Captain training program to assist experienced commercial fishermen/women in the skills necessary to succeed as an Owner-Operator of their own fishing business. We plan to soon offer entry-level training and hope our organization will provide a sense of comradery and unification among the young fishing generations in our Seacoast region.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      Sharing stories of fishermen and women through social media and online outreach has become integral in increasing our outreach and education. The Media Storyteller Fellow will document the fishing lives of several young fishermen and women in southern Maine and New Hampshire in the industries of ground fishing, crabbing and lobstering.  The purpose of the content is to represent these subjects as dedicated stewards of the sea as well as tradesmen and women determined to pursue a life on the water.  

      Additionally, media content will showcase our working waterfronts, an integral part of our local ports in northern New England. Fishing ports featured in the project will range from York and Kittery, ME to several ports in NH, including Portsmouth, Rye, and Seabrook/Hampton Harbor.  

      This concept was inspired by editorial and lifestyle journalist, Bri Dwyer, whom we met at a recent Local Catch Network Seafood Summit in Alaska. Bri reminds us of how a well told story can influence and support a mission. We hope to be collaborating with Bri on a series of photo essays and a short documentary project depicting the struggles of the young fishermen in the lobster industry in the Gulf of Maine. This project is grant-dependent, and if funded, will start sometime in late 2023-2024. 

      The Fellow will produce media in the form of photos and lifestyle video short stories , which will be used on all social media platforms and on our developing website. The Fellow would be expected to post content daily on Instagram and Facebook with direction from NEYFA’s ED, Andrea Tomlinson.  

      Photography subjects will be identified and introduced to the Fellow by NEYFA ED, and one subject per week will be documented. Photography and videography will be performed at least 2-3 days per week and planning, editing, and posting can be performed for the remaining hours per week. We have the intent to document a variety of personalities industries, gear types and undoubtedly, the few women we know in the local fishing industry. Fellows and NEYFA ED will review content weekly and agree on a weekly posting schedule.  

      Two parts: 

      1. The Fellow for this project will gain knowledge on the variety of participants in the small boat fishing industry and the culture and heritage connected to the commercial fishing industry. The Fellow will also gain knowledge about the diversity and dynamic nature of our working waterfronts in northern New England. The photos and videography can be used to build on the Fellow’s professional portfolio.  

      1. This project can serve as a template for similar organizations and showcase the impacts of storytelling to enhance your mission. There is a possibility that the Fellowship could lead to a part-time Social Media Content Manager position. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Undergraduate student 
      • Photography and videography experience 
      • Personal and public relations skills 
      • Social media content management experience 
      • Ability to be flexible and adaptable 
      • Works well independently 
      • Comfortable in a working waterfront environment 
      • Preferably understand the fishing community culture 
      • Interest in the small boat commercial fishing community 
      • Interest in commercial fishing or working waterfronts 

      New England Young Fishermen’s Alliance 
      725 Ocean Boulevard 
      Seabrook, NH 03857 

      Work will be performed throughout the NH Seacoast, southern Maine and online. 

      Andrea Tomlinson, Founder/Executive Director, New England Young Fishermen’s Alliance 

      New Hampshire Department of Energy

      Residential Electric Incentive: Design 

      This Fellowship position is generously underwritten by Mascoma Bank. 

      Concord, New Hampshire 
      Onsite or remote 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Department of Energy was established effective July 1, 2021. It was created by the NH legislature to promote and coordinate energy policies and programs in the state. The Department interacts with many agencies, stakeholders, and the legislature in the performance of its duties including agencies such as the Public Utilities Commission, Site Evaluation Committee, Office of Consumer Advocate and the Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Energy Board. The Department offers a first-hand look at how state-level energy policy is implemented, from facilitating public input and balancing stakeholder concerns, to interpreting and implementing laws as they are put on the books, this site is a good fit for people interested in working for or with government regulators, policy makers, and public servants.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      With the enactment of New Hampshire House Bill 2 (2021), on July 1, 2021 the administration and implementation of Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policy and the Renewable Energy Fund (REF) transferred from the Public Utilities Commission (Commission or PUC) to the Department of Energy (Department). The Sustainable Energy Division assists the Department in implementing specific state legislative initiatives relating to renewable energy, manages the Renewable Energy Fund (REF), and administers the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law. This administration includes design and implementation of a number of grant and rebate programs focused on renewable energy projects. Renewable Energy | NH Department of Energy Such programs are critical tools for state governments to advance mandated greenhouse gas reductions, fuel independence, and resilience.  

      The Department is interested in researching possible changes to our residential solar programming to increase efficiency, impact, and equity. This Fellow will provide research and reporting on income-based renewable energy incentive programs throughout the US and how they may align with Renewable Energy Fund (REF) requirements and objectives as well as other energy assistance programs operating in New Hampshire. Based on that research, the Fellow will make recommendations for possible inclusion of income-based incentive programming for the REF. 

      Ideally this research will inform program changes to the REF renewable incentive programs to meet our goals of increased efficiency, program impact, and equity. As the Department “can’t know what we don’t know”, this project is very much a digging into current practices, examining how things work in New Hampshire, and looking for opportunities to combine these many possibilities into program recommendations that will focus on low and/or moderate-income New Hampshire residents.  

      If needed/as time allows work could also include support for ongoing research at the Department regarding incentivizing energy storage. 


      1. Summary report document outlining: 

      • Overview of income-based solar incentive programs for residential customers in other states, outlining positive and negative aspects of these program designs. 
      • Summary of how those programs do/do not align with New Hampshire RPS, REF, rules and statutes including opportunities for alignment or recommendations of adjustments for the New Hampshire landscape. 
      • Current energy programs for LMI in NH and basic qualification information, including opportunities for alignment with potential REF programs.  
      • Recommendations on program opportunities for New Hampshire. 
      1. Presentation materials for above reporting 

      1. One or multiple presentations of information in meeting or stakeholder session situations  

      1. Possibly draft program requirements, application materials etc.  

      1. Support experience for existing programs 

      For the Fellow: This project will develop skills in secondary research, synthesis, communication, project management, program design, and stakeholder facilitation while developing content knowledge about state government administration, law, small-scale renewable generation incentives nationally, building equity into the incentivization of renewable energy deployment, and residential-scale solar technologies. This project will result in a research report with recommendations was well as presentation materials related to the work described above.  

      For the Department of Energy and New Hampshire more broadly: This report and recommendations will inform decisions related to programs offered from the state RPS program and Renewable Energy Fund. It can offer valuable insights and information about how best to use state funds to incentivize renewable electric investment in the LMI community and allow for a more equitable energy transition.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • An academic background in Public Administration, Renewable Energy, and/or Economics  
      • Demonstrated experience in public policy research, including with conducting literature reviews 
      • Demonstrated experience in program design and (ideally) implementation 
      • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including in the context of presenting research findings   
      • Knowledge of renewable energy industry, markets, and policies  
      • High levels of motivation and ability to thrive in self-directed environment  

      New Hampshire Department of Energy
      21 South Fruit Street Concord NH 03301 

      Work will be performed onsite OR online, depending on mutual agreement with Fellow and supervisor. 

      Deandra Perruccio, Administrator IV, New Hampshire Department of Energy  

      New Hampshire Network for Environment Energy and Climate - Plastic Working Group 

      Roadmap to Reduce Plastic Overuse in Municipalities    

      Dover, New Hampshire 
      This Fellowship position is generously underwritten by Mascoma Bank. 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Plastics Working Group (PWG) is part of the New Hampshire Network for Environment, Energy, and Climate, a non-partisan, all-volunteer organization that connects localized groups and individuals across the state addressing pollution and climate change. The PWG created a website on local actions in plastic reduction, the Ten Towns Toolkit. This PWG project began with Resource Leaders from 10 NH towns in February 2022, has grown to 39 towns in November, and includes resources and website visitors from the US and abroad. More than 50 members of PWG – educators, researchers, business and policy analysts, artists, health professionals and students – use the website for actions in plastic reduction involving thousands of New Hampshire citizens. Many PWG members are active volunteers in municipal committees, public schools, and elderly care facilities. These connections will facilitate the Fellow’s engagement with public sector managers in the Roadmap Project.    

      About the Fellowship: 
      Across our nation and the world, people are now aware of hazards from plastic overuse, and many have begun actions to reduce plastic use and waste. These approaches can serve as practical guideposts in a roadmap for municipal managers across New Hampshire and beyond. Public sector managers, however, currently have limited resources to find, customize and implement projects to reduce plastic. This Fellow will help fill this gap through the following efforts:   

      1. Learn current plastic use and operational challenges in municipal facilities, public schools, and public elderly care facilities through interviews with managers and occasional visits to selected, representative municipalities and public facilities.   
      2. Learn examples of successful plastic reduction projects through online searches and interviews with project leaders in New Hampshire, the US, and abroad.   
      3. Adapt features of plastic reduction projects to circumstances in NH public facilities using feedback from Plastics Working Group members and public sector managers who were interviewed earlier.  
      4. Produce a Roadmap for public sector managers that offers options in the timing and extent of project implementation and addresses logistical and financial challenges and solutions to reduce plastic overuse and waste.   

      Shifting from plastic overuse to alternatives provides immediate benefits, such as decreased toxin exposures for children eating lunch and seniors in a nursing home. In addition, reduced plastic waste cuts harmful emissions in waste handling and costs that burden citizens and municipalities. Going forward, diminished demand for plastic products lowers pollution from plastic production. 

      Building the roadmap will be a model to guide other actions toward sustainability. The Fellow will gather relevant information from managers facing practical problems and community leaders in the US and abroad who developed solutions to plastic problems.  The roadmap will include a written report, targeted fact sheets, and a video slide deck presentation. These different components of the roadmap will engage municipal managers across the state and beyond. Actions based on the Roadmap will continue for years through long-standing relationships between public sector managers and members of the Plastics Working Group.  

      The Fellow will produce a Roadmap that includes the following: 

      1. A written report focused on options to address plastic use problems, e.g., 
      a. case studies of school food service projects that shifted from disposable plastic to reusables, including costs and benefits  
      b. grants to fund reductions in plastic use and waste in town services, public schools, and public elderly care facilities  
      c. policies and practices adopted by municipalities to reduce the purchase of plastic items  

      2. A short, general video slide deck presentation to introduce the roadmap project to municipal and civic leaders 
      3. Targeted summaries of plastic reduction project options for managers with distinct backgrounds and needs, e.g., managers for public school food service vs. a city department. These Targeted Summaries can be fact sheets, and, if possible, short video/slide presentations.    

      The Fellow will gain experience solving real-world problems in a variety of community programs. More specifically, the Fellow will learn how to approach a big problem, plastic overuse, by applying multiple skills, e.g., interviewing a wide range of professionals to learn problems and solutions regarding plastic, summarizing logistical and financial aspects of reducing plastic use, and adapting projects to small vs. large scale facilities. The Fellow will gain experience in grantsmanship, i.e., locating and summarizing grants. In addition, the Fellow will develop practical insight to provide detailed options for managers to consider in short time frames, e.g., how to avoid single-use plastic at events, and long-term planning, e.g., how to shift food service contracts away from disposable plastic.    

      In a larger perspective, the Fellow will become familiar with the structure and function of municipalities for small towns, large cities, and counties.  These public sectors are the backbone of life in New Hampshire and across America. The Roadmap framework is a template to address other problems in public sector services, especially in areas where active volunteers like Plastic Working Group members help sustain projects in their municipalities. Finally, the Fellow will be the author of documents and online presentations distributed to municipalities across New Hampshire and highlighted in the Ten Towns Toolkit website, a resource used across the US and abroad.  

      Desired Qualifications
      Academic Background:  

      • A wide variety of academic majors will be useful for this Fellowship.  
      • Courses in business management and financial planning are highly desirable. 
      • Specialty courses such as supply chains, public financing and micro-economics would be helpful, but not expected.    


      • Demonstrated experience working with managers, if possible, those responsible for goods and services in municipalities or schools 
      • Volunteer or paid work in a public or private organization that serves the public  

      General / Soft Skills: 

      • Aptitude for effective interactions with professionals, especially managers and decisions makers 
      • Strong writing and oral presentation skills for concise descriptions to an audience of professionals  
      • Ability to solve logistical problems, especially those involving limits of time and funds 

      Technical / Specialized Skills: 

      • Understanding budgets for operations in the private or public sector  
      • Grantsmanship, i.e. identifying and summarizing grants from private and government sources, e.g., grants aimed at public services  


      • Using personal skills to serve the public  
      • Addressing environmental problems such as plastic overuse through institutional change  
      • Getting to know people active in environmental justice at local, national, and global levels   

      The Primary Mentor and PWG Mentors plan to meet with the Fellow online except for UNH Fellowship events. The Primary Mentor resides in Dover, NH and other PWG Mentors reside across New Hampshire.   

      Most of the work will be performed at a location convenient to the Fellow using their computer for virtual interviews and online searchers. Also, the Fellow will be expected to travel to selected NH municipalities for meetings with managers to view public facilities and attend occasional evening municipal committee meetings. The Mentors will work with the Fellow to select the locations and timing of visits to minimize travel effort and also meet the goals of the Roadmap to include example case studies of large and small municipalities.   


      1. Primary Mentor: Cynthia Walter, Ph.D., Member, Resource Leader Team, Plastics Working Group – NH Network for Environment, Energy and Climate 

      2. Plastic Working Group (PWG) Mentors 
        Several members of the PWG have extensive experience in management and will guide the Fellow in interactions with municipal managers. Other members of the PWG have experience in public communication and can assist the Fellow in developing final documents, e.g., targeted summaries. 

      NH Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

      Economic Justice Education and Outreach Fellow 

      Concord, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) creates safe and just communities through advocacy, prevention, and empowerment of anyone affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking. 

      This mission is accomplished by the Coalition, which includes 12 independent community-based member programs, a Board of Directors, and a central staff working together to: 

      • Influence public policy on the local, state and national levels. 
      • Ensure that quality services are provided to victims. 
      • Promote the accountability of societal systems and communities for their responses to sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking. 
      • Prevent violence and abuse before they occur. 

      A special focus of the NHCADSV is building and raising awareness of the impacts of financial abuse and the intersections of homelessness that survivors of domestic and sexual violence experience. As 99% of survivors who experience domestic violence also experience financial abuse, we provide programming to support survivors working directly with our 12-member program crisis centers through the Allstate Foundation Moving Ahead Grant Program. This program provides financial literacy education and a matched savings program to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, creating safe pathways for survivors to build sustainable financial independence for themselves and their children away from their abuser. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      Looking to expand beyond existing partnerships, the Economic Justice Education and Outreach Fellow will research and discover banks, credit unions and credit counseling services across the state that can support the economic justice work at the NHCADSV. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence experience multiple barriers as a direct result of financial abuse and they often face limitations in becoming banked, severe credit damage, fraud, and debt. NHCADSV aims to cultivate an interest in this work from financial institutions by providing training and presentations on the impacts of financial abuse in hopes of forging new relationships that may lead to more favorable banking, lending, and savings opportunities for survivors. The fellow will work to develop this training and build a directory of banking resources that will be our target audiences for these presentations.      

      It is clear that the economic impacts of financial abuse disproportionately impact underserved populations such as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. It is important that when we work with survivors, we consider these impacts and assist them from a lens of cultural humility. To ensure that the advocates and AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program members (AVAPS)  who administer the Allstate Moving Ahead curriculum work from this perspective, the fellow will develop a training and curriculum that will explore financial abuse, anti-oppression, equity and inclusion within the contexts of our work.    


      1. Develop a training and curriculum series to raise the awareness of financial institutions and credit counseling agencies about the impacts of financial abuse. 
      2. Research and connect with banks, credit unions and credit counseling agencies to develop a directory that will be our target audience for these trainings. 
      3. Develop a training and curriculum series around equity and the disproportionate impacts of financial abuse for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities aimed to educate our advocates and AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program Members. 

      This Fellow will develop an in-depth awareness of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking, specifically the impacts of financial abuse within the experiences of these survivors. The Housing and Economic Justice Fellow will learn about the intersections of racism and historical financial oppression and how this impacts survivors. They will also gain experience and insight into working within a non-profit with a focus on statewide advocacy, program implementation, and prevention. 

      The Fellow will develop the below skills: 

      • community engagement 
      • curriculum development 
      • advocacy 
      • presentation/ public speaking 
      • non-profit program development and coordination 
      • increased knowledge of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking dynamics and services 
      • increased knowledge of financial literacy, NH housing systems, and prevention 

      The support of this Fellowship will be a catalyst for a myriad of lasting impacts in the economic justice program including increasing community awareness of the impacts of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking within the context of financial abuse, as it is often overlooked in these situations. By expanding our banking relationships, survivors will have more opportunities to grow their financial independence which is a major factor in preventing the cycle of abuse from reoccurring. Financial abuse is also one of the primary factors as to why survivors face homelessness and may need housing and shelter programs. Financial literacy and empowerment are also the key to long-term housing sustainability. 

      Underserved BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disability communities have experienced domestic violence and financial abuse at higher and more severe rates, and our aim is to ensure that all advocates and community partners that are working with underserved survivors are doing so equitably and inclusively by approaching and adapting this work to meet the specific needs of these communities in a trauma-informed way.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      This fellowship would be ideal for any array of candidates earning their degrees in Sociology, Economics, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, Political Science, Gender Studies, and Law. Other degrees and concentrations will be considered. This fellowship would require the below skills: 

      • strong communication skills  
      • writing/editing 
      • curriculum development 
      • training and presentation 
      • social services background/concentration 
      • community organizing 
      • networking 
      • teamwork 
      • Microsoft Office proficiency 

      PO Box 353  
      Concord, NH 03302 

      Work will be performed: Mainly online with potential for some Hybrid work. 

      NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Will work directly with the Housing and Economic Justice Manager 

      Prime Buchholz

      ESG and DEI Data Collection

      Portsmouth, New Hampshire 
      2 Fellowship positions available  

      About the Host Organization: 
      Prime Buchholz LLC was established in 1988 and has grown to become a leading, uniquely independent investment advisory firm providing comprehensive investment solutions for more than 250 clients. Headquartered in Portsmouth, NH—with offices in Boston and Atlanta—Prime Buchholz was one of the first investment advisors to develop in‐depth expertise in alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, and real assets. 

      Our clients include educational endowments, private and public foundations, cultural and faith‐based organizations, healthcare and insurance organizations, pension plans, and high‐net‐worth families. We work closely with our clients to create, implement, and monitor investment policies and asset allocation strategies to meet their unique investment goals. 

      Throughout our history, Prime Buchholz has partnered with clients who have sought to align their investments with their missions. We have been helping clients—from endowments divesting from fossil fuels to foundations proactively investing in solution‐ oriented products, to organizations seeking to address inequality and promote diversity, to clients seeking managers that integrate environment, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their investment process—create portfolios that reflect their values for three decades. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      The 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. 

      In addition to updating our internal database with the responses received from investment managers, the Fellow will analyze and summarize the findings, produce a report for clients, and present the findings and report to the firm including senior leadership. The Fellow will also work on a collaborative project alongside the firm’s other summer interns bringing the lens of sustainability to the effort. 

      This project offers exposure to investment professionals across our firm, as well as leading investment firms across a variety of asset classes (equities, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity). In addition to offering the opportunity to build broad knowledge of the investment industry‐and specifically how the industry addresses ESG and DEI, the Fellowship will provide exposure to project planning and management, client reporting, teamwork, and making presentations. 

      Broad Impact 
      As signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investing (UN PRI), Prime Buchholz views this project as critical to its ongoing commitment to the Principles including promoting acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry. In addition to engaging investment management firms on their integration of ESG and DEI, the output of this project supports our clients’ knowledge of what they own and allows them to better assess how their investments align with their missions. The demand for this data continues to expand and this project has become mission critical.  

      Desired Qualifications: 
      We welcome students from a wide range of academic disciplines. Academic training or practical experience in finance and investment management is not a pre‐requisite. We look for students who have: 

      • Ability to engage meaningfully and professionally with internal and external parties. 
      • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills. 
      • Critical thinker and strong analytical skills 
      • Attention to detail. 
      • Demonstrated success working independently/self‐starter. 
      • Flexibility. 
      • Intellectual curiosity. 
      • Comfortable with technology/systems.  

      Prime Buchholz LLC
      273 Corporate Drive
      Portsmouth, NH 

      Work will be performed onsite in Portsmouth and online. We’ll see where we are this summer, but anticipate we’ll be flexible. 

      Jared Fuller, Principal and Co‐Head of Research, Co‐Chair Mission Aligned Investment Committee 
      Valentina Dingle, Managing Principal, Chief Diversity Officer, Co‐Chair Mission Aligned Investment Committee 

      Replenish Refillery 

      Educational Specialist/Outreach Coordinator 

      Dover, NH 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Replenish Refillery is a brick + mortar low-waste sustainable goods and refill store. We offer supplies, education, connection, and encouragement for living sustainably. While our primary function is as a retail store it is our mission and focus to become a cornerstone within the community as an educational hub for low-waste living. As our team grows, we will expand our community offerings. We are planning events such as children’s eco-workshops, environmental film screenings, DIY home and body essentials workshops, presentations on environmental topics such as solar power, composting, the health of our waterways, and more, and panel discussions with local experts. Our mission is to make data and resources community centric and accessible. Education and inspiration are at the heart of our business and mission.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      As the operational tasks of building the business and, by extension, our local low-waste enthusiast community, it has become increasingly more difficult to allocate time to build out the additional programming and data information we intend to supply our customers with for reference and input. This is where the strength and skills of a Fellow will come into play.  

      At the start of the Fellowship, Replenish Refillery will have been open for seven months and we will have acquired substantial data on the product demands and buying trends of our customers, as well as the community needs and wants for furthering understanding of sustainability and low-waste living. With this, our work with the Fellow will be fine-tuned to maximize impact of our programming and outreach. Additionally, the work of the Fellow will grow the educational aspects of the shop with a focus on programming and quantitative comparisons between traditional grocery store/pharmacy shopping and refillery shopping as well as the environmental impact of plastic production, endocrine disruptors, etc. related to the packaging and production of toxic cleaning products. As an educational resource for consumers, the work of the Fellow will not only inform customers of the power of their efforts to live more sustainably but also further establish and build the clout and reliability of Replenish within the community.  

      The Fellow will create: workshop and presentation mapping and implementation; a cross comparison (cost and eco-friendliness) of products in store to mainstream products; data analysis of brands (ex. calculating the percentage of vendors/companies who are minority owned); building of How-To toolkits for customers; marketing map; database of viable collaborators with whom to build outreach and connections. 

      The Fellow will develop understanding of small business management including budgeting for purchasing and marketing for refilleries. The Fellow will learn how to build community collaboration; and will gain the experience of working with the City of Dover and other entities to promote sustainability initiatives in the community.  

      The Fellow will gain experience with event planning and execution, networking, sustainability vetting, research, cost comparison and analysis, marketing, customer relations, product merchandising, reflective and inspirational writing, community building, website development, and budgeting.  

      The Fellow will learn about the impact of rooting a business in a mission and not straying from it and backing that up with ongoing outreach and education to one’s customers/clients and how that has proven to be impactful for other companies (ex. Patagonia among many others) and will do the same for Replenish and others willing to invest the time and resources to build out a business beyond the selling of products.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Academic Background: Strong writing and analytical skills, economics, ideally at least some foundational knowledge about sustainability and/or chemistry. 
      • Experience: Community outreach. Bonus: Event planning/implementation, Retail. 
      • General / Soft Skills: Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, self-starter, visionary, confidence in public settings, flexibility, lived experience in low-waste living. 
      • Technical / Specialized Skills: Data analysis, website development (no coding experience needed). 
      • Interests: Environmentalism, Sustainability, Community engagement, Social and Environmental Justice. 
      • Empathetic and good listener 

      Replenish Refillery
      2A Waldron Court
      Dover, NH 

      Work will be performed onsite. 

      Ellen Andrick, founder/owner 

      ReVision Energy 

      Residential Solar Permitting Analyst at a Certified B Corp 

      Brentwood, NH 

      About the Host Organization:  
      ReVision Energy was founded in 2003 by two solar geeks in a garage and has grown to over 300 employee-owners spread across our physical locations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Our offerings of products have grown to include solar panels, battery backup systems, electric vehicle infrastructure, heat pumps, and water heating equipment.  As a 100% employee-owned company and a Certified B Corp, we are on a mission to lead our community in solving the environmental problems caused by fossil fuels while alleviating economic and social injustice. ReVision Energy is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating an inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds can thrive and support our mission. Our recruitment team looks at the whole picture; personal, professional, and non-traditional experience, as well as community involvement. The safety, health, and well-being of our co-owners and our communities is of primary importance. We have implemented additional measures to assure that those we work and share spaces with adhere to COVID and general safety best practices.      

      About the Fellowship:  
      This Fellowship will involve the research, documentation, and analysis of local town and utility residential solar permitting requirements.    

      National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) studies have shown that the costs of installing residential solar systems have declined steadily for the past 2 decades. While the hard costs of materials and equipment have decreased, soft costs including permitting, and inspections have remained relatively constant. Lack of permitting standardization across jurisdictions and inefficient permitting processes create challenges that impede solar deployment across the country and in our granite state.  

      The aim of this project will be to gather relevant town and utility permitting information that will be used to streamline our design and installation of residential solar projects.  

      We expect this Fellow’s work to result in the development of a local solar permitting resource to aid in the development of residential solar permitting policies and streamline the design and installation of residential solar projects.  

      The Fellow will obtain hands-on experience working alongside leaders of the local solar industry while developing skills and an understanding of local residential solar permitting and project management skills including communication, time management, collaboration, organization, and problem-solving. The Fellow will be asked to identify patterns, trends, and insights that will be shared with ReVision Energy Co-Owners and local town/city and utility officials to aid in the development of solar permitting policies.   

      Desired Qualifications:  

      • Interests: Enthusiasm, passion, and awareness about renewable energy technologies.   
      • General Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills; high-level comfort with technology; ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task; work independently and cooperate with supervisor and teammates; strong attention to detail and high expectations of the quality of own work output.   
      • Technical Skills: Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint  

      ReVision Energy
      7 Commercial Drive
      Brentwood, NH 03833   

      Hybrid: Work will be performed in a hybrid online-onsite fashion, though may be moved entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

      Tom Hobbs, Residential Sales/Branch Manager  


      Scrapp Brand Verified and Separation Station Ambassador 

      Burlington, Massachusetts  
      Fully remote 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Scrapp is a start-up dedicated to making recycling simple, fun & rewarding for everyone. Scrapp’s Co-Founders (Dan, Evan, & Mikey) met in 2019 in the back of their sustainable engineering class at UNH. Since then, we’ve grown from a team of 3 to 6 to help over 400 million people in the US, UK, and Canada recycle right with location specific recycling guidance delivered right to their phone. We are a fully remote international team (working across 3 time zones), but some members do conduct on-site visits to  New England local businesses. We deliver our services with a combination of both hardware and software. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      Scrapp is currently focused on two main customer segments, brands and businesses. Brands are eligible for our brand verified program while businesses with office spaces roll out our separation station program. They engage with these programs to improve their sustainability and educate their stakeholders around recycling. Our goal is to expand our reach into these sectors by contacting brands and businesses to initiate a sales cycle, through a variety of channels. These include attending conferences, content marketing and direct outreach. By increasing our presence, we can increase traction and engage more potential clients. We want to become the household name of recycling, so expanding our reach is critical.  


      1. Identifying Brands that are eligible for the Scrapp Verified program and initiating sales conversations to these clients. 
      a. Subsequently facilitating the data handover process from Scrapp 

      2. Identifying businesses that are looking to meet their zero waste goals. We are open to public sector clients, including universities and municipalities, which may occur during this time. 

      3. Identify potential for other services we can offer brands and community clients. 
      a. This will entail listening to customers if they mention that they need any services around recycling. This will largely be informal and not a rigorous process. Just a way for us to stay informed about what people are asking for and identify opportunities.  
      b. For Brand Outreach we will be scouting sustainable brands and retailers to identify if there are synergies with Scrapp. This will consist of researching brands and listing the right person to contact. We will teach you how to run a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program to catalog all the information.  

      Students will gain experience interfacing directly with potential clients as well as with sourcing and communicating with sustainable, and aspiring to be sustainable, brands. Additionally, this will provide a strong portfolio piece for any student interested in consulting, sustainability, startups, or sales. 

      Broad Impact 
      This project has a massive impact for not only us as an organization but for small businesses that do not have access to premium recycling services like Scrapp. We charge 80% less than our competitors to provide this access. The beautiful thing about this project is that we are seeking help to make it scalable, serving as a flagship process for other brands, companies, or universities to engage with and become better educated around recycling. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Interest in sustainability and the circular economy. 
      • Any academic background is welcomed, an open mind and curiosity is more important. 
      • No experience is necessary (we can teach you anything in terms of recycling). 
      • Experience in excel/google sheets. We handle a lot of data so knowing shortcuts and being able to automate certain tasks will be a lifesaver. 
      • Basic understanding of materials and what common packaging is made of.  
      • Self-motivated and able to work independently 
      • Ability to ask for help when needed 
      • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with clients 
      • Critical thinking 
      • Organized and able to manage time effectively 

      0 Ivy Ln
      Burlington, MA 

      Work will be performed online. 

      Mikey Pasciuto, Co-Founder 
      Evan Gwynne Davies, Co-Founder 

      Seacoast Eat Local 

      Inclusivity of Farmers’ Markets 

      This Fellowship position is generously underwritten by Unitil Corporation.

      Lee, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization:  
      Seacoast Eat Local (SEL) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Strafford, Rockingham, and York counties in New Hampshire and Maine. We cultivate a thriving food economy by building bridges between regional food producers and consumers. Our vision is that the Seacoast Region will have a vibrant, diverse community of successful farms and food producers and ever-expanding access for consumers. We operate four primary programs in dedication to this mission: Farmers' Markets, the Seacoast Harvest Local Food Guide, SNAP/EBT and incentives services, and consumer education programs. Learn more at    

      About the Fellowship:  
      Since 2007, SEL has operated some of the most well-known winter farmers’ markets in the region. With a recent acquisition of management for four summer farmers’ markets, our ability to adapt as market operators is more critical than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic caused many long-time vendors to adapt their business models which has resulted in a significant shift away from farmers’ markets. Many of these vendors have found success in other sales models and have not returned to farmers’ markets. As public health restrictions loosened, farmers’ markets were able to return to normal operating levels which has opened a lot of room for new vendors. While this is a good opportunity for many small vendors, we’ve found it challenging to recruit and retain vendors. Markets are struggling to keep a consistent variety of products and vendors throughout the season which has resulted in a decrease in shoppers. Many farmers’ markets in the Seacoast are at risk of closure if we’re not able to find solutions to bring people back to the markets as regular shoppers. Without regular weekly shoppers, it will become nearly impossible to retain a meaningful number of vendors.  

      This project will provide support to SEL in identifying strategies to attract new customers to farmers’ markets in the region. Potential barriers to shopping at markets include:  

      • Lack of knowledge that food assistance benefits are accepted  
      • Belief that markets have a limited variety of food  
      • Lack of diversity in the market space  
      • Inconsistency between market offerings and personal lifestyles or culture  
      • Lack of access to transportation  

      The Fellow will conduct market research at several levels to help determine optimal farmers’ market offerings in specific settings. Our goal is to better understand the needs of people in the Seacoast region and to be able to design a farmers’ market that is more inclusive to the entire community.   

      As a result of this project, we will have realistic and achievable steps we can take to make our farmers’ markets more inclusive. Survey results and analysis from market shoppers and community members will be provided to SEL at the conclusion of the fellowship.   

      The student will gain valuable experience in conducting surveys, community building, demographic research, and food systems. Exposure to nonprofit organizations, state agencies, municipalities, and private farm businesses will all be part of necessary project outreach. Communicating with and understanding the needs of different populations in the region will be cornerstones of this project.  

      This project has implications beyond the use of SEL and the farmers’ markets we operate. There are several other markets throughout the region we can share findings to help all markets become more inclusive. We are aware that the community's needs are ever-changing, and the ideal farmers' market must continue to evolve to meet those needs. Our goal is to set a standard of ongoing assessment of communities that farmers’ markets operate in.   

      Desired Qualifications:  

      • Academic focus in business, agriculture/food systems, communications, socioeconomics, or community nutrition. Other majors may be considered.  
      • Experience working with the public in a research, educational, or similar setting.  
      • Strong listening skills are a must.  
      • Experience with community needs assessments is a plus.  
      • Ability to collect, organize, and analyze data.  
      • Ability to handle sensitive social situations during interviews and focus groups.  
      • Experience with social media and other communications platforms.  
      • Familiarity with G Suite applications.  
      • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.  
      • Self-motivated and able to work independently.  
      • Ability to recognize project shortcomings and pivot toward alternatives.  
      • Interest or experience handling, cooking food, and farming.  

      Seacoast Eat Local
      4 Captain Smith Emerson Rd
      Lee, NH  

      Work will be performed both onsite and virtually.  

      Shawn Menard, Executive Director  
      Morgan Morani, Food Access Coordinator  

      Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts 

      Local Food Program Fellow 

      Cambridge, Massachusetts

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is a non-profit membership organization that engages business and community leaders in building economies that are local, green, and fair. SBN’s projects include the Mass Go Solar Coalition, the Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network, the Sustainable Business of the Year Awards, and various projects of the Boston Local Food Program, which this Fellowship will directly support. Our food programs are known regionally for our work supporting local food businesses and farms through events, campaigns, and workshops. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is seeking a Local Food Program Fellow. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial, motivated student that is eager to pick up new skills and has an interest in the following areas: communications, graphic design, business development, event planning, and local food. This Fellow will be joining us for our summer programs and will have the opportunity to take the lead on a variety of projects, depending on their interest and skill set (see this outlined further under outcomes below). 

      The bulk of our summer food programs center around preparation for the Boston Local Food Program, but they also include a marketing/events campaign around Eat Local Month (August) and targeted promotion of the Eat Local MA App. The Boston Local Food Festival is one of New England largest one-day food events, with over 90 booths and vendors and 30-40K people attending. Eat Local Month is a promotional and educational campaign that involves target promotion of food businesses, farmers markets, and food events that take place in August as well as a few found events that we organize to further engage the public in their local food system. The Eat Local MA App is a free map of over 1700 food businesses that offer locally sourced food to “find local food near you”. 

      The following are flexible based on the Fellow’s strengths and interests: 

      Eat Local Month (August), Eat Local MA App, Business SnapShots (50%) 

      • Create promotional materials and content including video/photo content and graphics about participating Local Food Businesses. 
      • Create stories and blog posts to promote participating local food businesses. This will sometimes include traveling to businesses to take photos and videos or conducting interviews. 
      • Outreach to restaurants and local food businesses to increase awareness and participation of our programs. 
      • Assist in implementing paid ads promoting this opportunity. 
      • Manage social media posts promoting Eat Local Months and the businesses involved. 
      • Plan visits to farmers markets to advocate for Eat Local Month. 

      Boston Local Food Festival (30%) 

      • Recruit and onboard food businesses via calls and email coordination. 
      • Recruit and onboard volunteers through emails and virtual trainings. 
      • Manage social media posts highlighting the local food businesses that have registered for the Boston Local Food Festival. 

      Professional Development (15%) 

      • Dedicated time to learn new software and skills, and to inquire about food businesses and food systems work. 
      • Participation in organizational networking meetings. 

      Organizational Planning and General Tasks (5%) 

      • Contribute to organizational planning and strategy. 
      • General Administrative Tasks - database management, supplies and purchasing, office organization. 

      1. Growth over the Fellowship 

      Exposure and intermediate skills with the following software programs:

      • Constant Contact, Canva, Hootsuite, Slack, App Stores, Adobe, Formstack, video editing, and G Suite. 

      Opportunities for working directly with small businesses: 

      • Fellows will have the opportunity to interview and research businesses for Snap Shop content promoting them. 
      • Fellows will have the opportunity to outreach to businesses at farmers markets and calls to connect deeper with their work. 

      Opportunities to publish content: 

      • You will be the face of the organization: publishing blurbs, photo, videos, and graphics and corresponding over email 

      Understanding of Local Food Systems: 

      • Through observations and your direct work you will learn a great deal about the details required to grow small food businesses. 
      1. Food System-wide Impacts 

      Expanded Network: 

      • Our outreach and programs with nearly 150 food businesses and partners throughout the summer work towards building a more interconnected and resilient local food system. 

      Broadened Consumer Base:

      • The promotional events and marketing efforts by our combined summer programs help food businesses connect to new customers and wholesale accounts. 

      Strengthening Local Economies: 

      • By educating the public on the importance of supporting locally owned businesses we multiply the power of each dollar spent, keeping this money circulating in our communities and supporting the businesses and individuals who need it most. 

      Centering Food: 

      • Together, these programs center food as an essential cultural ingredient that binds New England as a region. Rhetoric, ethics, and ultimately consumer spending are rapidly evolving, and our programs are center stage in redirecting our combined societal focus. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Working towards an undergraduate degree with a focus related to the following fields: communications, design, business, hospitality, sustainability, food, or journalism. 
      • Experience with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. 
      • Experience writing articles or blurbs that are viewed publicly. 
      • Experience in customer service. 
      • Experience or interest in social media and content creation. 
      • Experience or interest in working with local food businesses and farms. Takes Independent initiative to problem solve and figure out new tasks. 

      Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
      99 Bishop Allen Drive #007 
      Cambridge, MA 02143 

      Work will be performed onsite (4-1 hybrid schedule) (negotiable) 

      Greg Nicaise, Local Food Program Manger 
      Annie Pease, Local Food Program Coordinator 

      Town of Amherst Department of Public Works 

      Stormwater Outfall & Catchment Analysis 

      Amherst, Massachusetts 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Amherst Department of Public Works (DPW) operates and maintains the Town’s water and wastewater utility infrastructure including the storm drainage system, and the Town roadways. The DPW has four divisions – water, wastewater, highways, and parks, and has over sixty employees. The DPW oversees the Town’s federal Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit which requires the investigation of stormwater outfalls and their catchments for pollutants, and the remediation of the pollutant source. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      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 both field test kits and laboratory testing methods 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 320 outfalls and interconnections. In the summer of 2022, a UNH fellow worked with the Town on this project and sampled approximately 180 outfall locations. We plan to work with the fellow in 2023 in completing the sampling, analysis, ranking, and mapping of the remaining outfall locations.     

      The results of the field sampling and laboratory analysis will be entered into the Town’s GIS system. That data will then be used to update the current outfall ranking table which will highlight the stormwater catchments with pollutant problems that require further investigation. The student will have the opportunity to work with GIS, producing maps and figures showing contaminant trends. GIS will also be used to investigate outfall catchment areas. 

      The student will gain an understanding of how stormwater systems are constructed and function, and will gain hands on experience working with stormwater catch basins, piping, and outfalls. The student will also learn about EPA and MassDEP regulations regarding stormwater, and gain experience in analytical sampling, analysis, and GIS mapping.  

      This project will play a very important role in the Town’s goal of assessing, investigating, and improving stormwater infrastructure so that no pollutants are being discharged into our local streams, rivers, and wetlands.  

      Desired Qualifications: 
      A background in Environmental Science or Engineering with a general understanding of surface water quality and the impacts polluted stormwater can have on streams and rivers. An interest in being outdoors, and analytical sampling and laboratory analysis. Experience with GIS. 

      Amherst Department of Public Works
      586 South Pleasant St.
      Amherst, MA 

      Work will be performed onsite. 

      Beth Willson, Environmental Scientist, DPW 
      Amy Rusiecki, DPW Assistant Superintendent 
      Jason Skeels, Town Engineer, DPW 
      Michael Warner, GIS Specialist, IT 

      UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Technical Service Center 

      Reducing UNH’s Waste Stream 

      Durham, NH 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Technical Service Center (TSC) is team of eight IT, Engineering, Physical Sciences, and Machinist staff that support the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) at UNH.  We oversee all CEPS spaces and equipment using a team approach to designing, building, repairing equipment and working on student and research projects. We work to train students, staff, and faculty in the safe and efficient use of our many instruments and shop equipment. We are committed to providing support throughout the college to enhance students’ engagement in rigorous academics and hands on learning and research opportunities which have an impact in their profession, their community, and the world. The TSC is dedicated to University of New Hampshire Sustainability goals and desires to reduce CEPS and the University waste stream.   

      About the Fellowship: 
      Academic Institutes across the globe are continually expanding our scientific knowledge and enhancing our technology through research and teaching. As an R1 research institute the University of New Hampshire and CEPS strive to enhance technology and knowledge. In many fields this results in the upgrading of equipment before its designed life failure due to technological changes. Additionally various research areas generate waste streams while conducting research to improve the sustainability of our infrastructures. The TSC is committed to working to reduce CEPS waste stream and educate our students, faculty and staff on best practices.    

      The college generates over 30 Tons of construction debris waste annually from research and academic programs.  UNH does have a Safe Electronic Equipment Disposal (SEED) program for much of our equipment that is no longer of use annually.   It is believed much of the equipment disposed of could be better repurposed (sold or donated) to extend the useful life of such equipment and further reduce the waste stream. College students are well invested in better sustainable practices and CEPS would benefit from a campaign to both learn from and educate our students on best recycling practices.  

      The Sustainability Steward will be able to work with the TSC team and engage with faculty and staff from across the college on multiple levels to learn, network and educate others on how best to reduce, reuse, and recycle the 30 tons of construction debris and old electronic equipment. 


      Engaging with the TSC team, faculty, and students to learn how CEPS waste stream currently is generated and what it consists of.  

      In close collaboration with the TSC team, develop a concrete and asphalt recycling program for the 30+ tons of material that is disposed of annually from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Labs at Kingsbury Hall. Currently the CEE department rents a 15-yard dumpster to dispose of the waste material from their labs.   This material is mostly all asphalt and concrete but gets comingled with various items that are also disposed of in the dumpster, so must be landfilled as construction debris.  The outcome is to develop a system by which asphalt, and concrete could be diverted for recycling, thus saving 30+ tons of material from the landfill annually. 

      Also, in close collaboration with the TSC team, review previous years CEPS equipment recycling/sales and evaluate areas for improved efficiencies for our equipment upgrades and building furnishing recycling. Develop a plan to improve CEPS equipment and furnishing recycling and present it to the TSC team.  We would like to reduce the equipment that goes to SEED and furnishings that go to the dumpster.   

      Develop an education plan focused on CEPS buildings to increase recycling.   

      A fellow working with the CEPS TSC will develop a network of faculty, staff, and students they will be working with that represents a wide range of technical fields.  This will enhance their ability to communicate and work across multiple fields.  They will develop a practical knowledge of waste material recycling, cost and challenges. 

      Successful completion of these projects will significantly reduce CEPS and UNH’s waste stream.  We have the potential to reduce the waste stream by over 30 tons a year  and saves ~$4,000 in disposal costs annually.  If we develop a more efficient process for equipment and furnishing to be repurposed or recycled this model could be adopted across UNH and USNH as well.   The opportunity to develop a recycling education and outreach plan would impact UNH and all communities and business our students move on to. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Current undergraduate student that has demonstrated the ability to complete projects and work independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision.   
      • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills.   
      • Experience with and comfort using basic  hand tools. Experience with using  machine equipment desired but not required. 
      • Comfortable with report creation and using Microsoft office suite of software.  Additional presentation/marketing software experience desired but not required.  Ability to present findings to staff and faculty at department meetings required  
      • Strong interest in waste reduction and enthusiasm for continually learning.   

      UNH College of Engineering & Physical Science 
      Technical Service Center 
      33 Academic Way - Kingsbury Hall 
      Durham, NH 03824  

      Work will be performed onsite.  

      Kevan Carpenter, Director CEPS Technical Service Center, UNH  

      W.S. Badger Company 

      Building Diversity, Equity, Belonging & Inclusion in a Consumer Products Goods Company 

      Gilsum, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Badger is a family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly personal care manufacturer operating since 1995. Founders Bill and Katie and their two kids, Emily and Rebecca, started hand-filling the original Badger Balm tins in their kitchen, a salve to soothe cracked hands, roughened from working outside in the harsh New Hampshire winter. Today, the company makes its extensive natural and organic body care line and award-winning mineral sunscreens in its 100% solar-powered manufacturing facility and sells worldwide. Each product we create is made with the intention to protect, soothe, and heal and is inspired by real people. We choose ingredients that are minimally processed, grown in nature, and brimming with nourishing nutrients. We are organic fanatics, value close supplier relationships, and are passionate advocates for regenerative and sustainable agriculture. Community is at the heart of our company, and we treat each other with kindness, embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Certified as a B Corp and purpose-driven, the business remains a family affair, with the founders' daughters at the helm and community, conservation, and advocacy at its heart.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Fellowship project will be to help create process recommendations for adopting inclusion and equity practices that ensure our products and marketing are inclusive and reflective of a diverse demographic. This important work will help Badger to recognize and address potentially harmful or exclusionary processes and language we may be using that is biased, ableist, ageist, culturally appropriative, gender-based, imprecise, institutionalized racism, and person-first.  

      For example, while our award-winning sunscreens are safe for people and the planet, they are not inclusive to a diverse range of skin tones, particularly its use by any persons with melanated skin. We seek to change how we approach product formulation to understand how diverse audiences may have been unknowingly yet historically excluded, stereotyped or misrepresented during the ideation, creation, testing, launch and continuous improvement of our products, as well as through internal and external communications. 

      Working with staff in product development and marketing, the Fellow will assist in auditing current practices, procedures and language before moving on to helping to create and conduct surveys to understand the nuances behind our internal and external audience’s identities (race, socioeconomic status, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, geography, etc.).  

      The results of the audit and surveys will be compiled into observations and recommendations for changing processes and language, with the goal of creating a suggested language list.  

      This work will then be used as the basis to conduct audits and processes in operations, administration (hiring, benefits and career development opportunities), and externally on our website.   

      We expect the Fellow’s work to result in recommendations, suggested process changes and the start of a language usage list that will be the basis to conduct audits and processes in all other areas of the company, i.e., operations, administration (hiring, benefits and career development opportunities), in our internal newsletter, on our website and social media platforms.   

      The Fellow will develop skills and understanding in creating and applying diversity, equity and inclusion practices at a mission-driven and certified B Corp. They will be a part of building the groundwork for ensuring the company embraces and communicates inclusion and equity through its products, marketing, communications, and operations. 

      Broad Impact: 
      Badger is known for our innovation in product development, workplace practices, and environmental advocacy. We are a small company with big imprint. As we undertake the journey of internalizing diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of the company, we hope to serve as a model to other businesses in our community (and the consumer products industry) for progressive practices in building belonging and embedding inclusion in our products, operations and communications.    

      Desired Qualifications: 

      Academic Background: 

      • Current undergraduate student 


      • Experience and proficiency with collecting and analyzing data, designing surveys, conducting interviews, and doing research to support recommendations  

      General / Soft Skills: 

      • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Eager, team-oriented, ability to meet deadlines, and maintain communications with project partners. An understanding of creating SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). Ability to collect, analyze and present data and information in a concise, easy to understand manner and that is actionable.  

      Technical / Specialized Skills:

      • Experience with excel spreadsheets and writing whitepapers would be helpful. Strong understanding of marketing principles. 


      • An interest, enthusiasm, and ability to communicate what it means to embrace and practice inclusion and equity through products and communication channels. Knowledge of and interest in the consumer products goods industry. 

      W.S. Badger Company 
      768 Route 10  
      Gilsum, NH 03448 

      Hybrid: Work will be performed onsite to start with flexibility to go online if needed. 

      Deirdre Fitzgerald, Communications Manager 


      2023 Post-baccalaureate NATIONAL Cohort Position Descriptions

      Burlington Electric Department 

      Energy Analyst 

      Burlington, Vermont 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Burlington, Vermont is the state’s largest city with a population of 44,000 and a municipal electric department (the Burlington Electric Department, or “BED”) responsible for serving approximately 21,000 customers. Burlington is a leader in addressing climate change. We are the first city in the U.S. to source 100% of our electricity from renewable generation and have continued to do so since 2014. In 2018 Burlington, led by BED, established the Net Zero Energy plan and roadmap, one of the most ambitious climate plans in the country. Achieving Net Zero Energy (NZE) means reducing and eventually eliminating fossil fuels used in Burlington for ground transportation, heating and cooling. Burlington’s electricity is sourced from renewable resources, but ground transportation and heating largely require gasoline and natural gas.  

      With a recently approved $20 million NZE Revenue Bond in hand, BED is in the process of electrifying the heating and transportation sectors, managing demand for electricity (often called “load”) with flexible load management (FLM) strategies, achieving energy efficiency gains, and expanding local renewable generation.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      To combat climate change, fossil fuels must be phased out, and electrification coupled with renewable energy is how the NZE roadmap aims to accomplish this. The focus on flexible load management (FLM) lies at the heart of achieving this transition while foregoing costly system upgrades. The Fellow will look for opportunities to increase FLM by analyzing data sets, writing code, and performing research pertaining to three initiatives: level 1 electric vehicle charging, electric heat pumps, and commercial heating and cooling systems. 

      Burlington’s Net Zero Energy (NZE) Roadmap, as described above, calls for Burlington to invest in and integrate thousands of heat pumps and electric vehicle chargers into Burlington’s electric grid (BED’s distribution system). These initiatives will decrease Burlington’s use of fossil fuels. At the same time, Burlington will see increased total electric energy used in the City and the associated increase in peak demand (peak load). If left uncontrolled, this will put strain on the local and regional electricity grid (distribution and transmission systems) and eventually trigger the need for capital investments in additional grid infrastructure. 

      As noted above, annual energy requirements are only one dimension of increased electrical demand from heating and transportation.  Peak electricity demand is of equal, if not greater consideration in electrification projects as the distribution and transmission systems must be designed to handle maximum demand on any component. The NZE roadmap identifies the possible impact of the Net Zero Energy transition on BED’s peak demand, which may double the current peak demand from 65 MW (during the summer) to up to 140 MW (expected in the winter). While some of this is attributable to electric vehicle (EV) charging, most of the peak increase would be driven by an ever-increasing reliance on heat pumps for heating. A central part of this Fellowship will be analyzing flexible load management strategies in anticipation of the increasing electricity demand. 

      Flexible load management (FLM) refers to adjusting the demand (load) used by a device to align with a specific goal (e.g., peak reduction, integrating renewables). One example of an FLM initiative in Burlington is managed electric vehicle charging. In 2018 BED joined a handful of electric utilities in the United States offering an electric vehicle charging rate to incentivize off-peak and flexible charging behavior. Under this rate, customers charging their electric vehicles during the specified hours pay the equivalent of $0.70 per gallon of gasoline. To implement this rate BED has partnered with the manufacturers of certain chargers that combine the ability to measure (sub-meter) and control EV charging loads. This rate is an example of the work BED is doing to limit the impact of electrifying transportation on peak electricity demand, while providing customers with operational savings to adopt these new technologies needed to reach Net Zero Energy.  

      Building on this success, BED is performing research and development with Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored funding on flexible load management strategies with three technology types: level 1 EV charging, electric heat pumps, and commercial HVAC systems. The Fellow will join the Policy & Planning team to implement these grant funded pilot projects, perform data analysis, and assist with writing code for process improvement. As time permits, the Fellow will explore additional FLM programs that increase flexibility, lower operating costs, and help Burlington achieve NZE.  

      The Fellow will work with the Policy & Planning team to help the City advance towards its Net Zero Energy goal. The work will include detailed analysis on several flexible load management pilot projects and the opportunity to investigate new FLM options. The specific projects are: 

      • Advance Flexible Load Management projects: Contribute to data analysis, coding, and implementation for level 1 EV charging, electric heat pumps, and commercial HVAC systems. 
      • Investigate outside programs/opportunities: Identify and research new potential strategies to increase FLM that could help Burlington achieve the NZE goal.  
      • Project management documents: Prepare documentation for all analysis and findings completed during the Fellowship. 

      The Fellow will be joining the Team at BED responsible for wholesale electric market interactions, energy efficiency and traditional utility planning, regulatory and legislative interface, strategic electrification program design, renewable attribute monitoring and trading. Working as part of this Team will provide opportunities to both learn and develop a network in a diverse area. 

      The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to an ambitious fossil fuel reduction goal. Through this work, the Fellow will gain a deeper understanding of the role FLM plays in the electricity system and the wholesale electricity markets. They will also gain experience with project development, coding, data processing, analysis, visualization, and storytelling. Finally, the Fellow will gain insight into operations and sustainability planning at the city level. 

      The same problems Burlington Electricity Department is working to address are being experienced globally. To combat climate change, fossil fuels must be phased out, and electrification coupled with renewable energy development is one of the most promising strategies. This energy transition is a major endeavor, and Burlington strives to continue to serve as a model. The focus on flexible load management lies at the heart of achieving this transition faster while foregoing costly system upgrades. The lessons learned and programs designed will be well positioned for others to emulate and have generated significant nation and international engagement. 

      Desired Qualifications: 
      It is preferred that candidates should have the following qualities and background. If you do not possess everything listed and are interested in learning more in a particular space, please still consider applying. 

      • Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or Masters in Computer Science, Statistics or an Engineering related field. 
      • Eager to seek out challenges and learn on the job  
      • Experienced with data manipulation, analysis, and storytelling 
      • Strong quantitative background 
      • Professional writing skills 
      • Able to take direction, work independently, and coordinate effectively as a team 

      Familiarity with a programming language (e.g., Python, R, Julia) is preferred, but not mandatory. Having the mindset to gain more familiarity with these languages and the ability to be resourceful is more important. 

      Burlington Electric Department 
      585 Pine Street 
      Burlington, VT 

      Work will be performed onsite.  

      BED policy allows for up to two days of remote work per week. 

      City of Dover, New Hampshire  

      Renewable Energy Analysis Fellow 

      Dover, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Dover is a dynamic community in Seacoast, New Hampshire that is the 4th largest and fastest growing city in the state. Dover is ranked one of the top 100 communities in the United States and one of the nation’s top communities for young people. Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest continuous settlement in NH and will be celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2023, with exciting community events planned throughout the year. Dover is recognized for having a strong sense of community, thriving business sector, expanding arts and cultural scene, wide variety of dining establishments, and beautiful scenery with its historic buildings and waterways.  

      The City of Dover is a leader in the State of New Hampshire in terms of innovative municipal initiatives and policies. The City’s Planning and Community Development Department is responsible for: maintaining and implementing the City’s Master Plan and relevant City Council goals, including its resiliency and sustainability goals, overseeing the approval process for the development and subdivision of land, managing the Community Development Block Grant program, representing the City on regional and statewide committees, conducting research/grant writing, and special projects assigned by the City Manager or the City’s Boards and Commissions. Boards served by the department include Dover’s: Arts Commission, Community Trail Advisory Committee, Conservation Commission, Energy Commission, Heritage Commission, Open Lands Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and many more. The Renewable Energy Analysis Fellow will be placed with the Planning and Community Development Department, a team of seven who is hiring for two additional positions and will likely expand to nine prior to start of the fellowship. The Fellow will also work with others from across various sectors of municipal government and the community.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      With the oversight of the City’s Resilience Manager, the Renewable Energy Analysis Fellow will develop and analyze   a series of scenario projections to explore the costs, feasibility and benefits of implementing different renewable energy systems and technologies at various City locations. This scenario analysis will require research, data analysis and modeling, utilize available energy data, the latest relevant literature, and best practices from other municipalities and organizations across the state, region and country. 

      At a March 2022 Goal Setting session, Dover’s City Council developed a series of seven overarching goals which were adopted on April 27, 2022. Goal #6 is, “Our City is Resilient.” Within that goal, the objective of achieving 100% renewable energy for City owned property by 2035 was established. This goal incorporates multiple aspects of resilience. If met, it will lead to a substantial reduction in municipal greenhouse gas emissions and therefore lesson the City’s environmental impact and climate change contributions. It also prioritizes and supports the development of onsite and/or local renewable energy generation and storage which have potential to provide electric power and heat to critical facilities even during grid outages.  

      The Renewable Energy Analysis Fellow’s scenario analysis, presenting a series of specific renewable energy sourcing options (and corresponding methodology), is the first step in helping the City to achieve the goal. This will incorporate recommendations for realistic actions the City could take over the next 12 years to incorporate on-site renewable energy into municipal facilities and/or procure it from the grid. It should be informed by the latest advances in science/engineering, internal documents, plans established by other municipalities, and grid assumptions incorporating timelines such as the potential of Gulf of Maine offshore wind development.   

      The results of this research and analysis will be synthesized in the following deliverables:  

      • A comprehensive technical report that includes an executive summary.  
      • A plain language summary in the form of a handout (developed in collaboration with the City’s Outreach Coordinator) that helps with disseminating the information to the citizens of Dover.  
      • A presentation to the City’s Energy Commission and City Council. 

      For the Fellow:
      The Fellow will gain in-depth experience working with large scale energy data and leveraging that data through scenario development. They will gain knowledge about the operations of municipal government and have the opportunity to participate in public meetings, expanding their public speaking skills and experience. The Fellow will have the opportunity to establish connections with a variety of City of Dover staff within, and outside, the Planning and Community Development Department. Through this, they will connect with staff with a variety of professional certifications such as Certified Planners, Professional Engineers, Attorneys, and Professional Accountants. This Fellowship could open doors for a future career with a local government organization, more of which have been hiring for positions dedicated to sustainability/resilience with a focus on energy. 

      For the host organization and other organizations:
      This project will establish a data driven framework that will inform City Officials of options for achieving the Council’s 2035 goal. The findings of the work will be expanded upon by the City’s Resilience Manager, who will assist in the oversight of implementation. The applied methodology and findings report will serve as a valuable resource for other municipalities within and beyond New Hampshire who may be considering similar goals, or already have them. The Resilience Manager has a large network of organizations for which the final report could be disseminated such as the New England Municipal Sustainability Network, the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire, and Strafford Regional Planning Commission. 

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Academic Background: 
      Bachelor of Science in engineering, data analytics, energy management, chemistry or computer science preferred. Pursuit of a graduate degree with relevance to the project is a plus.  

      Job experience and/or coursework related to energy efficiency/management and alternative energy systems. Proven ability to process data and produce plots using Microsoft Excel as well as expertise in other Microsoft products such as Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Experience in modeling and/or coding is desirable. Ability to engage in public speaking and willingness to integrate and work with a team. Strong candidates should have interest in some or all of the following topics: energy/alternative energy, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, municipal government, and/or city planning.    

      City of Dover Planning and Community Development Department
      288 Central Ave.
      Dover, NH (03820)  

      Work will be performed onsite.  

      Jackson Kaspari, Ph.D. – Resilience Manager for the City of Dover, NH 

      Community Development Finance Authority 

      NH Community Center Investment Fund Community Mapping 

      Concord, NH 
      Mostly remote, with potential for hybrid. 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) supports the development of vibrant, resilient communities by providing financial resources to municipalities and nonprofits for activities that include but are not limited to affordable housing, job creation and retention, and community economic development projects.  Specifically, CDFA manages the New Hampshire Community Development Tax Credit program, the federal Community Development Block Grant program, and Clean Energy programs.  

      In December 2022, CDFA was contracted to administer the Community Center Investment Program, which aims to provide $20 million in grant resources to eligible entities to support infrastructure improvements to community spaces across the state. The Program aligns well with CDFA’s mission as the organization annually invests approximately $20 million of state and federal resources to support meaningful community economic development projects across New Hampshire.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Fellow will be part of Community facilities team of CDFA.  The Fellow shall be responsible for developing methodology and implementing a Community Facilities Study for the State of New Hampshire. We want to ensure NH’s facilities are developed and/or improved to meet community needs in a changing world.  New Hampshire’s towns and cities have a have a portfolio of community facilities, and there are other groups in New Hampshire who provide community spaces, services, and support to enable people to come together to connect, learn and create.  In addition, there are groups who currently do not have community facilities that meet their specific needs.  

      Thus, the first phase of the project is to create the plan for a study that will be initiated by the Fellow and lead to an inventory of all of New Hampshire’s community facilities.  The outcome of this summer’s Fellowship will be laying the groundwork for creating a New Hampshire Community Facility inventory and assessment. This will involve reviewing other approaches to surveying community facilities, assessing currently available data, performing benchmarking analyses and other foundational work.  

      This will tee up the subsequent post-summer project work as follows: (1) Completing the survey of all current facilities; 2) Analyzing the populations and needs in New Hampshire using existing data and to compare that to the existing facilities; and 3) Publishing the inventory and analysis in a final report and likely a map layer of NH Granite.         


      1. Development of a further refined project plan established and presented to the team, staff and the Community Development Advisory Committee for input.  
      2. Methodology for executing the inventory.  
      3. Conduct pilot inventory with sample communities.  
      4. Compile information and instructions for the next group of Fellows to carry on the project.   

      This Fellow will develop an in-depth understanding of community facility needs in New Hampshire. They will also gain experience and insight into working within a non-profit with a focus on statewide community development finance, program implementation, and evaluation. 

      The Fellow will develop the below skills: 

      • community engagement 
      • study development 
      • research 
      • presentation/ public speaking 
      • non-profit development and coordination 
      • increased knowledge of community economic development finance, New Hampshire community economic development partners and mapping capacity across the state.  

      Desired Qualifications: 
      This fellowship would be ideal for any array of candidates earning their degrees in Sociology, Economics, Geography, Community Economic Development, Political Science, and Law. Other degrees and concentrations will be considered. This fellowship would require the below skills: 

      • strong communication skills  
      • writing/editing 
      • Study methodology development 
      • training and presentation 
      • community outreach 
      • teamwork 
      • Microsoft Office proficiency 

      14 Dixon Ave.  
      Concord, NH 03310 

      Work will be performed: Mainly online with potential for some hybrid work. 

      NH Community Development Finance Authority. Will work directly with the Director of Community Facilities.  

      Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 

      Regional Energy Benchmarking Fellow 

      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  
      Primarily remote, with option for hybrid 

      About the Host Organization: 
      DVRPC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia region, making up the 9-county bi-state region in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our work involves convening and advising partners across the region to increase mobility choices, protect and preserve natural resources, and create healthy communities that foster greater opportunities for all. The Greater Philadelphia region comprises 352 municipalities, the majority of which are small or mid-sized, creating unique challenges for implementing energy projects. This position will be housed under the Community Planning Division in the Sustainable Energy Program Area (Sustainable Energy).  

      Sustainable Energy is a small, but mighty office that develops regional energy efficiency and sustainable energy programs tailored for small- and mid-sized municipalities in the Pennsylvania side of the region to overcome common barriers and leverage cooperative procurement to achieve economies of scale. Sustainable Energy also provides energy and climate expertise to local governments in the region, convenes with sustainability staff from local governments, and develops strategies to meet local climate and renewable energy goals. ​​​​ 

      About the Fellowship: 
      Energy Benchmarking is the process of tracking and disclosure of energy use in public and private buildings, and is a common tool for jurisdictions to advance energy efficiency policies. Energy Benchmarking Programs have been successful in many cities, counties, and states, but there are barriers for smaller municipalities to create their own program, due to limited resources and expertise. DVRPC is developing a regional benchmarking program designed to overcome these barriers by bringing together multiple municipalities across the region to leverage program level support and resources. This regional benchmarking program will build off of Philadelphia’s benchmarking program that has been in effect since 2014 and has now incorporated a building performance program. We can build momentum from Philadelphia’s program to expand the program to neighboring municipalities in Southeast Pennsylvania with similar decarbonization goals, the majority of which are too small to develop and manage their own benchmarking programs (and other energy programs).     

      This Fellowship will work closely with DVRPC staff on the development of this regional benchmarking program, supporting staff with data analysis, research, and stakeholder engagement activities integral for the program development process. This project is perfect for a student or recent graduate that wants to understand how decarbonization projects are designed and implemented outside of large cities. Our regional benchmarking program will be one of the first-of-its-kind benchmarking programs in the country. DVRPC is designing this program to serve the needs of municipal staff, communities, and building owners that would be impacted. This program is intended to encourage building owners to take action on energy efficiency opportunities and provide them the technical support needed to implement these projects. DVRPC is looking for a thoughtful, creative Fellow to support the development of a regional benchmarking program for Southeast Pennsylvania.  

      Fellow will work on several tasks to support the regional benchmarking program development, identified below: 

      Data Analysis: There are two distinct tasks for data analysis for this project.  

      • Analyze Benchmarking Data for Municipal Facilities for up to five municipalities: Enter utility data (electricity, natural gas, and delivered fuels) into existing benchmarking data analysis tools (Excel, Energy Star Portfolio Manager) and identify key data insights, such as highest energy using buildings, in a short report for municipal staff (Fellow will co-create the template with DVRPC). 
      • Analyze Building Stock Data for Building Threshold Recommendations: Using local County Assessor Building Data and CoStar Building Data, develop program recommendations for a building benchmarking threshold by size and type and present recommendations to Regional Benchmarking Working Group. 

      Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement:  

      • Serve as a member of the Regional Benchmarking Working Group, a group of municipal and county sustainability staff interested in benchmarking, and other partners like Green Building United.  
      • Participate in outreach and engagement with municipalities interested in participating through workshops, direct discussions, and written material. 
      • Support Sustainable Energy with the build out of this benchmarking program’s brand and website, with additional support from DVRPC Public Affairs and Communications Office. Co-develop regional benchmarking marketing and educational materials such as fact sheets, website, and outreach materials.  

      Research Energy Incentives, Policies, and Opportunities* 

      • Compile information on federal, state, and local energy (energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy, building electrification, weatherization, etc.) programs, incentives, loans, rebates, grants, etc. that can serve as incentives for participating in the regional benchmarking program. 
      • Identify potential gaps in funding availability that make certain projects or applicants unable to pursue certain energy improvements to inform Sustainable Energy’s strategy for supporting future energy programs.  

      Integration into related Sustainable Energy programs, convenings, and activities, including attending meetings with internal and external partners, attending educational webinars, and completing various tasks related to our other programs, as time permits. 

      *Optional task based on the interests and experiences of selected Fellow 

      The Fellow is likely to gain the following valuable skills, experiences, portfolio materials, etc. this summer: 

      • Local Government Experience: Gain greater understanding of the unique needs and challenges of smaller local governments, and the supportive roles that county governments and regional entities can play. The Fellow will gain experience working with local governments (county staff and municipal staff, at minimum) and better understanding of their needs, interests, processes, and priorities. 
      • Program Development and Design: Experience the program development process and learn how programs are designed for end-users (small- and mid-sized municipal governments), through stakeholder engagement, data-driven decision making, and program pilots. The Fellow will better understand how program guidelines and structures are modified to best serve its intended end-users (small- and mid-sized municipal governments). 
      • Benchmarking Policy: The Fellow will gain a substantial understanding of how energy benchmarking and associated programs work, how building energy efficiency policies work, and the many benefits of benchmarking. In addition, the Fellow will make connections with our local partners (PECO, Green Building United, local governments, etc.) and national partners (IMT, NEEP, etc.) through this regional benchmarking program specifically. 
      • Enhance technical skills such as data analysis, synthesis and communicating research findings to a non-technical audience, and public speaking. 
      • Gain greater understanding of the state, local, and federal legislative landscape for climate and energy issues 
      • Portfolio materials: Several short presentations and written memos that communicate data analysis and research 

      The Regional Benchmarking Program will not be implemented by the end of the Fellow’s summer term, but they will provide substantial knowledge and capacity to Sustainable Energy for program development. The Fellow will provide essential inputs, data, and research to various program development phases. We hope this program serves as a pathway for smaller municipalities to access benchmarking and building performance programs, without substantial resource commitments of creating their own programs. We hope this program challenges other regions to design similar energy programs for smaller municipalities to meet their own decarbonization goals. The Fellow will be helping us better communicate the benefits of this Regional Benchmarking Program and we hope it will share this strategy as a solution for other regions to follow.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Academic Background - Any combination of coursework in environmental science/studies; energy; sustainability; climate change, mitigation, adaptation and/or resiliency; public policy; public administration; city, urban, environmental, and/or regional planning; or related discipline(s) 
      • Experience - Data collection, analysis, and communication; working with local governments or small entities is a plus; stakeholder engagement and/or outreach, or related experiences (this experience may have been obtained as part of a class, volunteering, and/or internship) 
      • General / Soft Skills – Comfort/facility with quantitative analysis and data management, communication (written and oral), problem solving, time management, teamwork,  
      • Technical / Specialized Skills - Data collection and analysis using Microsoft Excel, Google Creative Cloud Suite, Microsoft Office Suite 
      • Interests - Renewable energy, energy management, sustainability, climate change, land use, economic development, real estate, community and regional development, healthy communities, environmental justice, and/or smart growth (or similar fields) 

      Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
      190 N Independence Mall West (8th Floor)
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 

      Work will be performed primarily online, with the option to work hybrid. 

      Brooke Garcher, Program Analyst, Sustainable Energy 

      Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

      EPA Stakeholder Engagement in Toxic Chemicals 

      Washington, DC
      Fully remote

      Students and recent graduates who will have earned an undergraduate degree from ANY accredited college or university by May 2023 (current seniors, recent graduates, and graduate/PhD students). Must also be enrolled in a graduate degree program as of Fall 2023 and must be a U.S. citizen. 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.  The Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is responsible for implementing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Act, the Pollution Prevention Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.  The laws govern how EPA develops public policy regarding the environmental consequences of managing and using toxic chemicals.  EPA collects critical information about toxic chemicals, encourages pollution prevention to reduce the use of chemicals, and regulates certain chemical uses.  Most people have heard of our asbestos and lead-based paint programs, both of which ban the use of toxic chemicals in most situations, while informing the public and businesses about the dangers of the chemicals.  The goal of our organization is to improve the value and consistency of reaching out to external stakeholders for advice and feedback.   

      About the Fellowship: 
      The fellow will support the Stakeholder Engagement Branch in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, 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. 

      There are two projects that build on our previous fellow’s work supporting our environmental justice (EJ) activities. One project is in our lead-based paint program. We are implementing an initiative called ELSWPEO (Enhancing Lead Safe Work Practices to Enhance Outreach), which will reach out to environmental justice community members to increase awareness of lead-based paint issues and encourage lead-safe renovations. Another project is to help our branch reach out to EJ community leaders to discuss Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical issues. 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. 


      1. Fellow will help us reach out to nongovernmental organizations in selected communities to partner with as we educate the communities about lead-based paint issues. 
      2. Fellow will help us develop and implement our EJ Action Plan by reaching out to key organizations for feedback and education. 
      3. Depending on timing, Fellow will help organize lead community awareness sessions and attend the sessions. 


      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 action plans, and experience with stakeholder management. 
      2. The meetings with community members on lead will result in fewer community health issues from exposure to lead, which continues to be a major heath issue in the US. 
      3. The rules that will be completed as a result of the environmental justice 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 facilitate the implementation of actions that will potentially change the way EPA engages EJ communities in the future. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Students with a variety of academic backgrounds are welcome to apply; some chemistry or toxicity coursework will be helpful in interpreting technical information about toxic chemicals. 
      • Experience in stakeholder engagement, and specifically the development of products and tools for stakeholders, would be helpful. 
      • Strong communication skills, such as interviewing, presenting, facilitation, and writing, are critical. 
      • Facile with Microsoft products, in particular Word, Excel, and Teams. 
      • Interest in government, public policy, stakeholder engagement, and/or environmental justice.  

      US EPA 
      1301 Constitution Ave. 
      Washington, DC 20460  

      Remote: Work will be performed online (if it’s safe, Fellow could travel to DC to network or for an event). 

      Jeff Kohn, Team Lead, Stakeholder Engagement Branch, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA 

      Green Wave Electric Vehicles 

      Green Wave Sustainability Program Development 

      North Hampton, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Green Wave Electric Vehicles is the first dedicated electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle dealer in New Hampshire, with business operations starting up in early 2023. Founded by Jesse Lore, who holds an MBA in Sustainable Business, Green Wave EV’s mission is: “To accelerate the decarbonization of our economy and create a more sustainable society by providing re-used electric vehicle solutions to people and businesses in the communities we serve.”  Green Wave enacts its mission by staying true to its 3 Core Values: “Have Fun, Keep Learning, and Make it Better.” 

      Green Wave is building a model for helping communities transform their transportation landscape, and we are at the start-up phase. We intend to create a business that meets the highest standards in sustainability and operates on principles of the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet and Profit), while also navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship and becoming a financially viable organization.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Sustainability Fellow will work directly with the CEO to create and shape the Chief Sustainability Office (CSO) position, a Sustainability Plan for Green Wave EV, and to design an Employee Handbook that promotes sustainable policies and procedures and develops the stewardship of company culture. 

      The Sustainability Plan for Green Wave will have to balance different organizational objectives, such as value chain mapping for the organization and the implementation of a Supplier Code of Ethics based on the UN Global Compact. The Plan will also need to ensure that Green Wave has suppliers that are affordable and can provide timely products and services. The Fellow will need to reconcile these conflicts and help forge a realistic and successful path forward, which may include implementation stages with short- and long-term goals. 

      The Fellow will lead the development of Green Wave's Employee Handbook and will assist the CEO with writing a sustainability and employment philosophy, which will guide the hiring process for mission-aligned employees. The Fellow will also integrate sustainable policies and procedures into a standard and legally compliant employee handbook.  


      1. A position profile for the Chief Sustainability Officer 
      2. A Sustainability Plan for Green Wave 
      3. An updated Employee Handbook that includes guidelines for promoting sustainability throughout the organization. 


      1. The Fellow will benefit from seeing an organization at its nascent stages and follow the entrepreneurs as they navigate the challenges of a start-up. Every day, they will see the CEO doing what it takes to get the business off the ground in its first year. 
      2. The Fellow will witness and will participate in tasks ranging from accounting and operations to sales and customer service. When a business is new, every person needs to help with every task so that everything gets done.  
      3. Given the organization’s limited resources, the Fellow will also develop deeper understanding of the difficulties in balancing different pieces of the Triple Bottom Line.  
      4. The Fellow will learn about retail automotive sales and service in a time when the automotive sector is leading the charge of decarbonizing our economy. It’s a fun industry, and the Fellow will have a chance to learn it while driving all types of electric vehicles. 

      Broad Impact: 

      1. The Fellowship will serve as a model for how to build an organization from the ground up with sustainability at its core. The Sustainability Plan will be shared throughout the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) community, of which Green Wave is a part and will guide other organizations through its roadmap.  
      2. As Used EV dealerships become more and more prevalent in our communities, the sustainable practices at Green Wave will serve as a model for other dealerships seeking sustainable development. 

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Undergraduate Degree required, preferably with a liberal arts concentration. Master’s Degree preferred, preferably an M.B.A. with a concentration in Sustainability. 

      The ideal candidate will possess the some or all the following professional experiences: 

      • Customer service, either in person, virtual or via phone. 
      • Teamwork in a retail environment. 
      • Experience with some type of project management software, such as Basecamp, Slack, Teams, etc. 
      • Experience in Google Office and/or Microsoft Office. 
      • Experience with file management and spreadsheet skills. 
      • Knowledge of designing simple, professional documents is preferred.  
      • Experience with some type of enterprise management software, such as ADP, Salesforce, Hubspot, or any CRM, DMS, or ERP. 

      The Fellow should be outgoing, inquisitive, and a problem-solver. They must display a positive attitude in the face of challenges and be able to work to build consensus in situations with competing priorities. 

      The ideal candidate will have interest in cars – especially electric cars. 

      A valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record. 

      Ability to pass a criminal background check. 

      Green Wave Electric Vehicles
      25 Lafayette Road, Unit 2
      North Hampton, NH 03862 

      Work will be performed onsite  

      Jesse Lore, MBA, CEO, Green Wave Electric Vehicles 

      Lindt & Sprüngli, USA 

      Road to Zero Waste – improving recycling rates at Lindt USA 

      Stratham, New Hampshire  

      About the Host Organization: 
      Headquartered in Stratham, New Hampshire, Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) is the fastest growing premium chocolate manufacturer in the US market. The manufacturing site comprises an 800,000 square-foot campus with state-of-the-art R&D and quality assurance area, sensory lab, two climate-controlled warehouses, and a 500,000 square-foot production facility. This is where the entire bean-to-bar process happens, to create premium chocolate including well-known products like Lindor truffles, Excellence bars and Classic Recipe bars. Lindt USA is part of the global Lindt & Sprüngli Group, headquartered in Kilchberg, Switzerland, which includes 11 manufacturing sites located in Europe and America, and other well-known US brands like Ghirardelli and Russell Stover Chocolates. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Lindt USA operations infrastructure has expanded over the last several years, adding new building and production lines to the existing campus. This means the processes and material flows throughout the site have also increased in complexity. Processes to sort and manage waste and recycling therefore require continuous improvement to ensure programs are successfully assessed, updated and implemented, to reduce waste and increase recycling rates. The ‘Road to Zero Waste’ project is part of a larger sustainability initiative to reduce environmental impact from business operations, which includes reducing waste in operations.  

      The goal of the project is to develop a vetted and comprehensive plan to increase single (or multiple) stream recycling rates across the Lindt Stratham campus. The proposal should include a detailed implementation plan and communication materials (signs and other training materials), to ensure the program can be successfully implemented, maintained, and expanded. Key components of this include how to ensure proper sorting by the employees, and developing pragmatic disposal processes for cleaning staff, considering challenges like high turnover rates and short training times. The proposal must consider technicalities of internal recycling transportation and disposal and external limiting factors, for example limitations/services of current waste management contracts. Complex material flows from other manufacturing activities will have to be taken into account, to ensure no compromise to stringent food safety and environmental health and safety standards. 


      • Contribute to the sustainability of Lindt USA operations, and by extension to the Lindt corporate sustainability strategy. 
      • Promote a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability at Lindt USA. 
      • Deliver continuous improvement through careful review, planning and development of processes and standards related to waste and recycling management.  
      • Contribute to environmental best practices in a corporate setting.  

      Documentation (Microsoft suite) of: 

      • Current recycling practices and material flows across the site, and recommendations for recycling stream (ex. single vs multiple) based on material assessment and local recycling infrastructure. Include an identification of key stakeholders.  
      • Recommendations for improvements to drive compliance. Clear directives on implementation of the recommendations. This includes establishing recycling streams by types, collection, aggregation and disposal points, transfer equipment requirements, material flow maps, resource allocation and responsibilities among stakeholders (who is responsible for what).  

      A description of the beneficial impacts of recycling, including the impacts of the recommendations in terms of additional waste diverted from landfill, costs savings or increases, and GHG emissions avoided (if possible). 

      Training and communication materials to drive recycling compliance across the site. 

      The Fellow will gain hands-on project management experience at a world renown fortune 500 company and exposure to an operational excellence manufacturing environment. They will gain an understanding of the intricacies and challenges of developing a pragmatic and sustainable program across a large organization. They will have the opportunity to learn about and utilize Lindt Production Way (think ‘lean manufacturing’) tools to develop their proposal. They will also gain deeper knowledge on regional recycling practices through research and institutional connections, and apply findings to drive decision making in a corporate environment. Through this process, the Fellow will develop multi-stakeholder management skills, communication and influencing skills, and have the opportunity to present findings to key stakeholders including some members of senior management.   

      Broader impact of the project: 

      • A detail assessment of the current recycling program and comprehensive plan on how to improve it. The project will provide a basis for implementation of well researched and vetted best practices, which can horizontal expanded across the site. This project will be an important step to ensure the sustainability of a strong recycling program, with high impact across the organization both in terms of waste reduction and employee education. 
      • Leads to a greater understanding among diverse workforce on the importance and impact of recycling. By extension this means the potential for large impact and recognition across the site, from line operators to senior management. 

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Academic Background: 

      • Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Environmental Science, Sustainability/ Corporate Sustainability, or related field with related experience.  


      • Experience in the food manufacturing industry a plus. 
      • Experience in project management with multiple stakeholders preferred. 
      • Experience or knowledge of change management a plus. 

      General / Soft Skills:  

      • Self-starter, ability to take initiative and work independently, set timelines, organize meetings and keep stakeholders on task. 
      • Problem solver and resourceful. Not afraid to ask questions.  
      • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, ability to listen and understand opinions and challenges of various groups across a manufacturing plant. 

      Technical / Specialized Skills: 

      • Project management skills and engineering mind-set. 
      • General understanding of best recycling practices, knowledge and understanding of the recycling landscape in NH /regional area preferred. 
      • Carbon accounting as it relates to waste generated in operations – a plus. 
      • Conversational Spanish is a plus!  


      • Interest in resource conservation as it pertains to waste and recycling management practices. 
      • Interest in corporate environmental sustainability, and implementation of sustainability programs across a large organization. 
      • A love of chocolate! 

      Work will be performed onsite at the Lindt USA facility, located at 1 Fine Chocolate Place, Stratham, NH. 

      Lonza Biologics 

      Lonza 2030 Sustainability Roadmap 

      Portsmouth, New Hampshire 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Lonza Biologics is a 125-year old company focused on bringing any therapy to life. We are a contract development and manufacturing partner for biopharmaceuticals. Lonza’s location in Portsmouth, NH, is a 25-year old site, focused on life-changing medicines across three platforms: mammalian, cell and gene therapy, and mRNA. The Portsmouth site is a large-scale clinical to commercial manufacturing facility.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      Lonza Biologics is putting into practice the saying “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” by conducting regular tracking of their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, and water use. The Fellow will analyze and track progress on Lonza’s 2030 sustainability goals for energy, greenhouse gases, waste, and water. The Fellow will both gain key insights into how a multinational company is tackling its sustainability and also make a real contribution by identifying opportunities for improvement.  

      Lonza is completing a four-pronged sustainability study with a consultant that is focusing on four areas: Energy, greenhouse gases, waste, and water. This study, which will be completed by the consultants by January 2023, will help drive Lonza’s sustainability activities to help reach Lonza’s 2030 Sustainability goals.  

      The UNH Sustainability Fellow will review the study completed by the consultants and will calculate the progress on each of the four metrics (energy, greenhouse gases, waste, water). The Fellow will assess the impact of each project implemented by Lonza and will provide insights on potential opportunities for new projects. Additionally, based on the results of the study, there will be a to-be-determined project that the Fellow can take the lead with. 

      The Fellow will analyze progress and accomplishments for all four aspects of Lonza’s sustainability tracking (energy, greenhouse gases, waste, water). The Fellow will summarize these findings in a report, including current accomplishments in regard to sustainability and  the contribution of each project and action to Lonza’s goals.  The report will also show the projects and opportunities, as well as identify gaps in Lonza’s ability to meet 2030 goals that need to be addressed as a company. 

      Hands-on, real-world experience in the operational elements of a manufacturing plant, specifically, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, waste, water treatment, and utilities. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be part of designing/implementing solutions that helps us optimize use of our sustainability resources. Additionally, the Fellow will have exposure to a team-oriented, can-do attitude, and outside-the-box thinking culture. 

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Intellectual curiosity. Love of science. Science and/or engineering background preferred. Math and statistical skills helpful, including experience with Microsoft Excel. Project management and time management important. Should be comfortable speaking with/interviewing people--will need to interact with a number of engineers, facilities, and  environmental, health, and safety people. Will need to be comfortable wearing steel toe shoes/boots, protective glasses, and hard hat (all of which we can provide) when visiting/viewing facilities. 

      101 International Drive
      Portsmouth, NH, 03801 

      Work will be performed with a mixture of onsite / online.  

      Lauren Giannini, EHS Specialist 
      Alex Gialluca, Utilities and HVAC Operations Specialist 
      Eric Snyder, Head of EHS 
      John Maravich, Head of Engineering and Facilities   

      New Hampshire Community Loan Fund 

      Sustainable Agriculture Project Manager 

      Concord, New Hampshire 
      Fully Remote
      This Fellowship position is
       proudly supported by Bangor Savings Bank.

      About the Host Organization: 
      The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund is a statewide, nonprofit, community development financial institution (CDFI) located in Concord, NH. The organization provides the financing and educational tools people need to have affordable homes, quality jobs and childcare, and to become financially independent. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      Changes to our global food system are essential to meet climate targets. Although there is great potential for carbon sequestration and climate benefits from agriculture in the Northeast, the full potential has not been realized due to financial and carbon measurement barriers. This Fellowship will help fill this gap through the development of tools that identify both climate-friendly agricultural practices and the financial barriers to implementation. 

      There is a rapidly growing interest in the agricultural lending/investment arena around climate-smart technology and carbon capture.  Carbon sequestration/credits on agricultural soils are more of a challenge for the Northeast region because of the minimal working production acreage compared to that of the Midwest. Measurement tools and protocols for carbon sequestration are in development.  Thus far, the credits are not providing sufficient benefits to the farmer to encourage changes in farming practices. Carbon sequestration in soil is still primarily in the research stage and some say may take another 5-10 years to develop the right tools & metrics. 

      However, current farm practices do have carbon sequestration and climate benefits.  The science shows that crop management practices have great potential to mitigate climate change, but there is still much to be understood.  The research shows that there are many agricultural strategies that can support carbon and climate benefits, such as organic practices, soil biology, precision agriculture, irrigation management, pasture management/grazing, low emissions machinery, biologicals, feed additives, farm surplus markets, shelf-life extension, food waste reduction, and no/low till agriculture. 

      The objective of this work is to develop a criteria checklist of carbon sequestration and climate benefits production and business practices that the farm business has implemented or wishes to implement. The Fellow will evaluate a variety of proven programs and establish a matrix of practices based on several implementation barriers, such as ineligibility for conventional financing, insurance ineligibility, lack of market incentives, and income loss during transition. In addition, if impact data of carbon sequestration and/or climate benefits practices is available from the Northeast Regional Climate Hub, Northeast Foresters Association, Nature Conservancy or Land Grant University it shall be identified and document the sources for future reference.  

      From the above-mentioned work, a literature review, research, and discussions with Community Loan Fund staff, the Fellow will develop a financial ranking tool that identifies the highest and best climate risk mitigation practices for farm businesses in the Northeast region and if possible, establish baseline criteria to define natural capital assets for New Hampshire working lands. 

      In addition, the Fellow will interview or survey a variety of farm businesses and service providers to understand what areas of the checklist they see as priorities to implement, what technical assistance may be needed for implementation either prior to, during or after implementation and what financial incentives would they prefer to assist them with putting practices in place and/or awarding them for implementation. 

      The outcome will be a report of the findings including 1) a ranked matrix checklist tool, 2) financial ranking tool for the carbon sequestration and climate impact of agricultural practices in the Northeast, and 3) stakeholder input towards a financial rebate program. 

      1. The ranked matrix checklist tool will list each sustainable agriculture practice and the Fellow will work with staff to rank the practice based on how the practice mitigates climate change, enhances climate resilience, and enhances soil health. 
      2. The financial ranking tool for the carbon sequestration and climate impact of agricultural practices in the Northeast will identify the financial barriers that farm businesses face to implement each practice and will estimate the amount of dollars needed to implement the practice. 
      3. The stakeholder input towards a financial rebate program will be a summary of feedback collected by the Fellow through surveys of farm businesses and service providers. 

      The Fellow will develop an understanding of alternative financing with a mission-driven lender (Community Development Finance Institute) versus conventional financing. The Fellow will expand their network through connections to key NH Agriculture service providers and diversified farm business owners. The Fellow will also gain a broad understanding of key organizations working in climate smart and sustainable business practices. 

      The project will advance carbon sequestration and climate benefits in agriculture in the Northeast through the development of tools that identify both climate-friendly practices and financial barriers. The tools developed through this Fellowship will be implemented in a one-to-three-year pilot phase after completion of the final report.  Following improvements from the pilot phase, the tools and approach will be rolled out across the food system value chain where applicable in the Northeast. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Academic Background - Sustainability, Business, Economics, Natural Resources and/or Agriculture related Majors. 
      • Experience – Customer service or community organizing. 
      • General / Soft Skills - Communication and collaboration skills. Self-starter and ability to flexibly manage and prioritize tasks. 
      • Technical / Specialized Skills - Strong research/analysis skills 
      • Interests - agricultural finance, climate change impacts, food systems and/or diversified agriculture.   
      • Familiarity with mission-driven lending (Community Development Financial Institution) is helpful. 

      New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
      7 Wall Street
      Concord, NH 03301 

      Work will be performed online. 

      Charlene Andersen, Farm and Food Lender 
      Betsy Segal, Director of Business & Community Finance 
      Sarah Marchant, Chief of Staff 

      Pete and Gerry’s Organics, LLC 

      Creating Scalable Energy Solutions in the CPG Industry  

      Monroe, NH 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Pete and Gerry’s is a leading national supplier in the premium egg industry and takes pride in being a “category captain,” blazing the trail for other egg companies when it comes to sustainability, animal welfare, innovation, and much more. Pete and Gerry’s partners with nearly 200 small family farms across 15 different states and has production facilities in 4 states, creating a turnkey and sustainable model for supplying eggs across the country.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      At Pete and Gerry’s, we’re committed to putting the betterment of people and the planet at the forefront of our business, but we’re not perfect and there is always an opportunity to continue learning and improving. That’s why we’re eager to partner with a UNH Fellow to address two key areas where we feel there is huge potential for reducing our energy consumption and exploring alternative energy solutions. Those two areas being our processing operations and partner farms, respectively. 

      Throughout the summer, the Fellow will have an opportunity to collaborate with team members from various departments within Pete and Gerry’s Monroe, NH Processing Facility, to understand which aspects are consuming the most energy and work to identify key focuses for a reduction plan. The Fellow will also be introduced to two of our New England-based Pete and Gerry’s farms, one that’s entirely powered by solar and the other that is on the electrical grid. Each of these farms (and their farmers) will aid as resources and models for the Fellow as they develop a guide that can be utilized by other Pete and Gerry’s farmers as they consider alternative energy opportunities for their own farms. 

      There are two primary outcomes the Fellow will be developing throughout their time working with Pete and Gerry’s. One, is a guide for reducing energy consumption at all of our processing facilities and the other, a “how-to” resource for partner farms who are considering investing in alternative energy solutions for their farms. 

      Both outcomes should include a summary of research findings (including visuals where most impactful), a concise explanation of the significance of those findings, and  a quantified estimate of the potential energy reduction and return on investment that can be expected if the proposed solutions are adopted. 


      • The Fellow will gain experience researching and developing scalable energy solutions for a business 
      • The Fellow will get to work in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)industry as a “sustainability consultant”  
      • The Fellow will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the processes required to install an alternative energy system, at various state and county levels—delving into regulations, permitting, green incentives, and more 
      • The Fellow will serve as a catalyst for creating opportunity and expanded access to resources for Pete and Gerry’s numerous partner farms, and their families 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Prior experience evaluating and addressing sustainability issues through a systemic lens—specifically, as it relates to conserving energy and/or green energy 
      • General awareness of types of alternative energy sources and where they are best suited 
      • First-hand experience working on alternative energy projects, a plus 
      • Basic knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in getting food from farm-to-table—specifically as it relates to cooperative models and/or eggs 

      Pete and Gerry’s Organics, LLC
      140 Buffum Road
      Monroe, NH 03771 

      Work will be performed onsite & online, in a hybrid-style. 

      Akaylah Glidden, Sales and Marketing Coordinator 

      Tom’s of Maine 

      Corporate Social Responsibility Program 

      Kennebunk ME  

      About the Host Organization: 
      Tom's of Maine has been making safe, effective natural personal care products for over 50 years. We are on a mission, the same mission since day one our company was founded with - to make products that are good for you and good for the planet! Our commitment to the planet, people, and health all intersect with our mission to create a healthy future for all people. And it shows up in everything we do - being a Certified B Corp, measuring our impact and setting sustainability goals, creating an inclusive environment for our employees, engaging with our communities, and perfecting our ingredients. We are real people who care, working to make positive change by doing good. We call this “doing good, for real” and you’ll see our focus in our products, our policies, and our partnerships. Visit us online.

      About the Fellowship: 
      Tom’s of Maine is looking to fulfill a Fellowship position to support our corporate social responsibility program.  The Fellow 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 support Tom’s of Maine’s sustainability goals by co-creating a grid for workplans for 2025. 

      The role will support the Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good (who embeds Tom’s Everyday Good - stewardship, sustainability, and Giving for Goodness program - across the organization), in identifying opportunities to enhance our ESG report with updated goals.   

      The main responsibilities: 

      • Review Carbon Footprint analysis from sustainability consultant JBE. 
      • Create analysis of goals for 2022 Goodness Report. 
      • Conduct landscape analysis of like-minded brands; identify gaps and opportunities. 

      The outcome would be a presentation of findings with actionable recommendations for next steps. 


      • Real world experience at a purpose-driven company, supporting the CSR/sustainability function. 
      • This project would help Tom’s elevate our ESG reporting 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Marketing 
      • Communications 
      • ESG reporting 
      • interest/background in climate/environment 

      2 Storer Street
      Kennebunk, ME 

      Work will be performed onsite / online. Hybrid 

      Michelle Waring, Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good 

      Town of Amherst, Massachusetts - Green House Gas Inventory 

      Carbon Footprint Analysis 

      Amherst, Massachusetts 
      In-person or hybrid 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Town of Amherst has a population of close to 40,000 (including the student population) and is located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities. The Town is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and enjoys a tradition of open, professional, and high level of government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture, and respect for its history.  The Amherst Town Council has made a commitment to equity and sustainability as two of the driving goals for the Town Manager and as such are focus areas increasingly infused throughout town governance and municipal operations.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Town of Amherst is a leader in tracking and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The Fellow will calculate Amherst’s most recent annual carbon footprint, assess Amherst’s progress towards their established reduction goal, and make recommendations for reduction opportunities. 

      The Town of Amherst established a baseline community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2017. Using this baseline inventory analysis, the Amherst Town Council set emissions target reductions of 25% below baseline by 2025, 50% reduction by 2030, and 100% reduction by 2050. To support these goals, in 2021 the town released a Climate Action, Adaptation and Resiliency Plan (CAARP), which identifies a Roadmap to meet the 2025 carbon reduction goals.  

      The Town seeks metrics to assess whether it is on track to meet its short term 25% greenhouse gas reduction goal as established in the CAARP. The 2017 inventory establishes the baseline against which the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is being measured. The Fellow will calculate an updated annual community-wide greenhouse gas inventory, prepare a supporting report, and provide an assessment of whether the town is reducing its emission sufficiently to meet its 2025 carbon reduction goal.  

      The Town of Amherst is seeking a Community Carbon Footprint Fellow to calculate an updated greenhouse gas emissions inventory and a draft a supporting report that will identify whether the town is meeting its short-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 2016 levels by 2025. The Town’s community emissions inventory was prepared in accordance with the guidance provided in the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC).  The report will provide analysis of where the town is most successfully reducing emissions and where additional efforts and focus may be needed. The findings and recommendations will be incorporated into the Town’s sustainability plans. 

      The Community Carbon Footprint Fellow will work with the Director of Sustainability to update Amherst’s greenhouse gas inventory, providing a vital information from which progress will be tracked and new opportunities will be identified.  Specific tasks will include the following: 

      • Gather the activity data, from multiple sources across Amherst 
      • Use publicly available tools and methodologies to complete the municipal and community-level emissions estimates 
      • Create an emissions inventory update report to support internal planning and external community education and engagement 

      This project provides an excellent opportunity to gain a real-world understanding of municipal energy management and its associated challenges. It is a chance to make a lasting and direct contribution to sustainability in Amherst—and to gain experience with a professional skill/process (i.e., carbon accounting) that is fundamental for sustainability professionals (across sectors). 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Experience collecting and analyzing large data sets 
      • Familiarity with greenhouse gas inventories 
      • Demonstrated analytical skills 
      • Organized and systematic  
      • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. 
      • Extremely strong communication (written, verbal) and interpersonal skills. 
      • Interest in environmental science and sustainability issues pertaining to local government.  
      • Demonstrated ability to work independently 

      Amherst Town Hall
      4 Boltwood Avenue
      Amherst MA 01002 

      On site work is preferred, but a hybrid schedule is possible.  

      Stephanie Ciccarello, Director of Sustainability, Town of Amherst, MA  

      Town of Amherst, Massachusetts - Municipal Building Inventory 

      Municipal Building Electrification Strategy 

      Amherst, Massachusetts 
      Virtual or Hybrid 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Town of Amherst, located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities. The Town is host to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and enjoys a tradition of open, professional, and high level of government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture, and respect for its history.  The Amherst Town Council has made a commitment to equity and sustainability as two of the driving goals for the Town Manager and as such are focus areas increasingly infused throughout town governance and municipal operations.   

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Town of Amherst released a Climate Action, Adaptation and Resilience Plan (CAARP) in 2021 that establishes goals of 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 2016 levels by 2025, 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. The transition of buildings from reliance on fossil fuels is a critical implementation step in moving the town towards its goal of carbon neutrality. The Town Council has set a more immediate goal for the Town Manager to provide an inventory of all municipal buildings, their respective heating and cooling systems, and a proposed timeline for transitioning fossil fuel-based technology to electrification.  

      The Fellow will work with the Director if Sustainability and the Municipal Facilities Manager to compile the inventory of all municipal building stock and associated HVAC technology. The inventory will estimate the return on investment for replacing existing technologies with more efficient heat pump systems in each building.  

      The Fellow will also identify a timeline to transition systems to alternative renewable technologies. This will include an analysis of the needs, challenges and barriers for each building and its associated system. The Fellow will work with the Facilities Manager and Director of Sustainability to establish criteria in order to prioritize system replacement.   

      This project serves to satisfy the Town Manager’s obligation to provide a timeline for replacing building fossil fuel systems with alternative renewable technology sources. As such, the inventory and timeline will serve as a pathway in moving the municipal building stock towards electrification.   

      The Fellow will work with the Director if Sustainability and the Municipal Facilities Manager to compile an inventory of all municipal building stock and its associated HVAC technology.  The Fellow will also identify a timeline to transition systems to alternative renewable technologies. As a broader benefit, this project would serve as a transition strategy model for other communities. A final Municipal Building Inventory and HVAC System Transition report shall be provided to the town at the completion of this project.  The Fellow will present a summary of the report findings to the Energy and Climate Action Committee and the Town Manager.  

      This project provides an excellent opportunity to gain a real-world understanding of municipal energy management and its associated challenges. It is a chance to make a lasting and direct contribution to sustainability in Amherst—and to gain experience with a professional skill/process that is fundamental for sustainability professionals (across sectors).  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • An understanding of building HVAC systems and technology. 
      • Familiarity with Excel and navigation of GIS technology 
      • Experience collecting and analyzing large data sets  
      • Demonstrated analytical skills  
      • Organized and systematic   
      • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.  
      • Extremely strong communication (written, verbal) and interpersonal skills.  
      • Interest in environmental science and sustainability issues pertaining to local government.   
      • Demonstrated ability to work independently  

      Town of Amherst
      4 Boltwood Avenue
      Amherst, MA 01002 

      Work can be performed onsite, or this could be a virtual or hybrid position. 

      Stephanie Ciccarello, Director of Sustainability and Jeremiah Mew, Facilities Manager  

      Town of Concord, Massachusetts 

      Integrated Water Resource Outreach Fellow  

      Concord, Massachusetts 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The Town of Concord, MA is a historic town of 18,000 people located 20 miles northwest of Boston. Concord is known for its revolutionary, literary, abolitionist, and agricultural history. It is home to the Minute Man National Historical Park, Walden Pond State Reservation, and many other historic sites. Concord also has a long history of sustainability, including a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.  

      The Town completed its first comprehensive climate action and resilience plan, Sustainable Concord, in the summer of 2020 that outlines 22 priority actions organized into 5 plan elements: built environment, energy, mobility, natural resources, and preparedness. Each priority action has a blueprint with specific actions and implementation steps. Community engagement and outreach bisects every element of the plan.  We also recognize the need to ensure that our climate and sustainability work advances racial equity and social justice.   

      About the Fellowship: 
      Limited freshwater resources, which are impacted by climate change, are essential to any town’s drinking water needs, wastewater management, and water recreation. The 2023 Fellow’s work will feature a combination of community engagement work and outreach development focused on three aspects of water resource management: Stormwater management, drought, and lead water service replacement. The Fellow will analyze water resource data sets and develop scalable critical outreach for sensitive customers/populations.  The work accomplished by the fellow will support Concord Public Works’ integrated water resource planning effort and will enhance resilience and assist the Town with the development of an integrated resource management plan, one of the Town’s top three priority actions.  The fellow will create essential water resource outreach for Concord, which will be made available for other communities nationwide to customize. 

      Integrated water resource planning captures a range of water disciplines from drinking water and wastewater to stormwater and recreational water, all of which are affected by climate change.  This fellow will have the opportunity to work with Town staff to enhance our outreach goals and move towards meeting the goals of Concord’s Climate Action Plan.  Some projects the fellow will be supporting are as follows.  

      Stormwater Management: The Town of Concord Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requires a public education and outreach program that reaches four different audiences and includes messages that are relevant to our community. The fellow will help customize brochures, pamphlets, and other potentially interactive materials to help comply with Section 2.3.2.c of the MS4 Permit.  

      Drought: Extreme weather and drought are happening at a greater frequency with climate change: Concord has experienced 2 summers with Extreme Drought conditions in the last 10 years alone.  The fellow will help analyze water use data and create heat maps (using ArcMap/ArcEnterprise) to better understand where water is being used most. The fellow will incorporate these findings into innovative outreach materials, such as brochures and pamphlets.  The fellow will also review existing indoor and outdoor water conservation programs to create a memo documenting progress toward meeting the goals of the Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation Blueprint as detailed in the Sustainable Concord Plan.   

      • Lead Water Service Replacement Program:  As part of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule Issued on December 16, 2021, the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) strengthen the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) by: 
      1. Improving lead sampling and corrosion control 
      2. Expanding public education and customer outreach 
      3. Starting lead testing in schools and childcare facilities 
      4. Requiring a public inventory of lead service lines  
      5. Initiating more lead service line replacements 

      Concord has a plan to systematically identify lead water service locations and has submitted a Project Evaluation Form (PEF) for a Massachusetts Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan for the replacement of known lead water services. The fellow will be working with Town and consulting engineer staff to support the completion of the water service line material survey by evaluating data previously collected and stored in GIS geodatabases.  The fellow will also create and perform outreach to residents with known lead water service lines to:  

      1. inform them of the presence,  
      2. share information on the no and low-cost programs for lead water service line replacement, and  
      3. share information on mitigation methods if replacement is not an option.   

      Using the guiding principles of equity and resilience as identified in the Sustainable Concord Plan, this fellow will build off work already in progress to create the below deliverables:  

      Stormwater Management:  

      • Scalable outreach materials  - Exact target audience to be determined, based on conversations with Stormwater Program Manager. Examples of target audiences include residential homeowners, small businesses and large commercial properties. 


      • Provide memo detailing programs associated with the increase indoor and outdoor water conservation blueprint (page 62) 
      • Scalable outreach materials 

      Lead Water Service Replacement Program: 

      • Engagement strategy in the form of a memo, work plan, and metrics to track success of outreach  
      • Presentation that can be given by Town officials (or the fellow) to share the program history, strategy, and impact 
      • Scalable outreach materials 

      The fellow will have the opportunity to help Concord make real progress on their sustainability initiatives by effectively engaging the community. The fellow will gain insight to the operations of a municipality and a municipal utility. The fellow will gain experience with document design and community outreach. The fellow will report to the Concord Public Works staff with support of the Director of Sustainability. Additionally, the fellow will interact with other Town departments, consulting engineers, state and federal regulatory agencies and local community members. 

      Scalable, easy to understand community outreach materials for resilient water and stormwater infrastructure are hard to come by. These materials are necessary to effectively engage the community and make progress on water resource management. Many communities do not have the time or resources to develop them.  We hope that the outreach the fellow creates while in Concord, can serve as a model for other communities, not just in Massachusetts but beyond.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      Academic Background : 

      • Recent graduate or graduate student in Urban Planning, Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Environmental Policy, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Management, or related field 


      • Ability to communicate effectively across social barriers 

      General / Soft Skills: 

      • Creative problem solver and self-starter willing to think outside the box and deploy innovative equitable outreach 
      • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively internally and externally, with the public, or with community-based organizations 
      • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 

      Technical / Specialized Skills:  

      • ArcMap/ArcEnterprise 
      • A solid understanding of program evaluation, graphic design, and equitable outreach is preferred 
      • Ability to effectuate change and effectively share ideas 
      • Skilled in persuasive speaking and writing 
      • Ability to convey complex technical ideas to practical action 


      • Water Resource Management 
      • Passion for sustainability and local government 


      Concord Public Works
      135 Keyes Rd.
      Concord, MA 01742  

      Work will be performed primarily onsite and in the community. Flexibility will be provided for working remotely one day per week (optional).  

      Melissa Simoncini, Senior Environmental and Regulatory Coordinator 
      Eric Simms, Sustainability Director  

      Town of Durham, New Hampshire

      Climate Action Coordination 

      Durham, New Hampshire
      In-person or remote depending on candidate and current public health conditions. 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Durham is a modestly-sized municipality in seacoast NH with a population of approximately 15,500 and is home to the University of New Hampshire (UNH), a Land- Sea- and Space- Grant research institution. The citizens of Durham have a long history of voicing their support for sustainability initiatives including land conservation, renewable energy, public transportation, protection of natural ecosystems, and efforts to foster a diverse and welcoming community. Durham's Master Plan documents the Town’s dedication to reducing emissions and enhancing resiliency in the face of climate change. Buttressing this vision recent progress includes substantial renewable energy installations, implementation of strong building codes and guidelines, comprehensive management of fresh water supplies and wastewater treatment, protection of undeveloped lands by the Town, and working with cooperatively UNH on comprehensive climate action planning. The Fellowship project proposed herein seeks to continue that collaboration, advancing the Town’s Climate Action Plan through the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) program. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      The Town of Durham has hosted Sustainability Fellows for the past five 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 developed and adopted a Climate Action Plan which requires monitoring and updating every two years as stipulated by GCoM. In 2022, a Climate Action Plan including a draft Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment was submitted to GCoM, and Durham’s SI Fellow worked with the local Energy Committee to author a series of articles outlining how residents might take steps at home to be more sustainable and lower their carbon footprint. 

      Now Durham seeks a Sustainability Fellow for the summer of 2023 (and ideally also part-time during the subsequent academic year), to accomplish the following goals:  

      1. Become familiar with all Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) and reporting requirements; 
      2. Complete an updated Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis (GHG) for the Town of Durham for 2021 as required under Durham’s participation in GCoM.  The current GHG dates to 2019 and must be updated every two years; 
      3. Undertake monitoring, reporting, and furtherance of Durham’s Climate Action Plan (CAP); 
      4. Submit 2023 reporting deliverables to GCoM including final adopted drafts as needed of Climate Risk & Vulnerability Assessment (adopted 2022 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan & draft Climate Action Chapter of Durham Master Plan); 
      5. Continue public engagement & undertake other tasks per GCoM implementation plan; 
      6. Attend the Town’s bimonthly staff meeting to keep municipal departments update to date with sustainability and climate planning efforts; 
      7. Assist the Durham Energy Committee with keeping their web site updated, in providing useful tools and outreach for townspeople to use in reducing energy use and cost, and in reporting out on progress for Durham’s participation in Community Power Coalition of NH (CPCNH) to the community at large; 
      8. Support continued climate action collaboration and coordination with key community partners: local Town boards/committees/commissions, the University of New Hampshire, Oyster River Cooperative School District, and Strafford Regional Planning Commission 
      9. 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.  

      The Fellow will serve as an integral partner and will gain valuable project management experience in furthering Durham’s commitment to integrating and implementing Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM) in a college community and establishing/updating long-range energy plans, strategies, and solutions for the Town in concert with the Town Administrator’s office and the local Energy Committee and in partnership with the University of New Hampshire. 

      The Fellow will create the following specific deliverables: 

      • An updated municipal and community greenhouse gas inventory report (public executive summary plus detailed technical documentation.) 
      • One or more presentations for the Durham Town Council, and other stakeholders as needed 
      • Potentially, outreach materials related to specific reduction initiatives or strategies 

      For the Fellow: This Fellowship will provide a unique opportunity to gain deep familiarity and valuable experience in regards to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy framework and requirements and sustainability reporting more generally; the process of community climate action and energy accessibility planning; the development/completion of a GHG Study; effective community engagement strategies and processes; and the specifics of emerging best practices and policies for community greenhouse gas reductions (e.g. community power aggregation).  Durham’s CAP and community engagement materials and activities will provide valuable tangible additions to the Fellow’s professional portfolio, and the valuable connections made in this work will meaningfully build the Fellow’s professional network. 

      For the Durham community and more broadly: The Fellow will also have the satisfaction of contributing to emission reductions and community resilience-building activities in Durham, and contributing to increased quality of life not only for local residents but for those in municipalities around New Hampshire and New England for whom Durham’s efforts can be an inspiration and model—helping the US meet its stated commitments under the Paris Climate Accord.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • An academic background in Community/Environmental Planning, Environmental/Earth Sciences, Environmental Policy, Sustainability, or related fields of study;  
      • Familiarity with climate science and policy; 
      • Experience or coursework in GHG analysis; 
      • Familiarity with, and ideally experience in, community engagement strategies and processes; comfort in engaging formally and informally with a variety of stakeholders;  
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
      • Project and data management and organizational skills; 
      • Ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively; 
      • Interest in public administration, urban planning, community development, energy efficiency and renewable energy, food systems, landscape planning, and/or related areas;  
      • Special Requirement:  This position has potential for extension after the summer on a part-time basis.  As such, applicants available to continue work ~15 hours per week through May 2024 will be given preference. 

      Town of Durham
      8 Newmarket Road
      Durham, NH 03824  

      Work may be performed onsite and/or online depending on candidate and current public health conditions. 100% virtual is entirely workable. 

      Todd Selig, Administrator, Town of Durham, NH  
      Jim Lawson, Durham Town Councilor/Chair Durham Energy Committee 
      Jennifer Andrews, Project Director, UNH Sustainability Institute  

      Town of Groton, Connecticut  

      Planning for Extreme Heat  

      Groton, Connecticut  

      About the Host Organization:  
      Groton is a coastal town located in southeastern Connecticut. The town government was established in 1705 to provide public services to the town’s residents, which today number approximately 40,000, and its business community. The Town is governed by a mayor and town council and is assisted by numerous boards and commissions. Town staff work across 12 departments; this fellowship opportunity will be hosted by the Town’s Office of Planning and Development Services (OPDS). The OPDS mission is to guide development through the sound and orderly use of land and the conservation of energy and resources; to promote the economic well-being of the community; and to ensure the safe occupation of buildings, structures, and uses. The 17 OPDS staff are organized into four divisions: planning, inspection services, resiliency and sustainability, and economic and community development. The resiliency and sustainability division is new as of 2022 and currently has one member, a Sustainability and Resilience Manager hired in August who will be the fellow’s primary mentor. Given that the fellow will be brought on during the first year of the division’s existence, they will have the opportunity to help shape the division’s direction in an impactful way.  

      About the Fellowship:  
      The impacts of extreme heat as a consequence of climate change are devastating, with heat out-ranking flooding as the deadliest weather-related hazard per the EPA. Understanding and addressing extreme heat is very complex, as it can cause myriad impacts to infrastructure, the environment, and people’s mental and physical health. Heat, like many other climate change impacts, disproportionately burdens people who are socioeconomically vulnerable. Fortunately, there are many interventions that can be pursued, and education about the risk of heat is on the rise. Thanks to resources like, local initiatives like Columbia, MO’s “Show me the Heat” campaign, and programs being conducted both within the U.S. and abroad to name and rank heat events, there is a growing movement to share information on heat impacts and how they can be ameliorated. 

      The main objective of this fellowship is to help the Town of Groton better understand its heat vulnerability now and in the future and how to reduce it. The fellow will research the state of the science on extreme heat and investigate they ways in which it could affect Groton’s neighborhoods and communities. The fellow will learn about actions being taken by other cities and towns to reduce heat impacts and brainstorm ways in which the residents and the Town can increase its heat resilience. The inequities of heat burden will be a key consideration throughout the fellowship. The Town of Groton has a long history of climate planning, but to date those efforts have largely focused on building resilience to flooding and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the work performed during this fellowship will add a new perspective to Groton’s climate resilience and help educate the public about heat risk.  

      This fellowship will have several core components. The fellow will start the summer by researching the anticipated increases in heat to be experienced in Groton due to climate change. They will then investigate how the Town’s built infrastructure, local ecology, and community members are vulnerable to extreme heat. This work will include an analysis of how socioeconomic factors influence how people are affected. The fellow will then apply their understanding of the impacts and vulnerabilities to the identification of strategies the Town could implement to reduce heat risk. The Fellow will work with Town staff to prioritize the strategies and will pursue the development of at least one of them to help the Town bridge the gap from planning to implementation. The Town will strive to make this a dynamic fellowship experience, and will also involve the fellow in other climate-focused initiatives and projects being pursued as time and interest allow. 

      The fellow will share the results of the background research, vulnerability assessment, and identification of priority actions in a brief report or white paper. We would also like them to develop and deliver a presentation to share the results with local communities. Outcomes for the development of a priority action(s) will be determined based on the work performed, but may include additional presentation materials, website content, and program descriptions. 

      We look forward to working with the fellow to help them develop a range of skills and participate in a variety of experiences over the course of the summer. They will become the office expert on heat impacts, and have the opportunity to think through the challenges of planning for heat in a holistic way that includes research, communication, and application. The fellow will learn first-hand about working within a local government and will leave with an understanding of how local governments are structured, how key operations function, and how different departments collaborate on complex projects. Throughout the summer the fellow will make connections with staff from across OPDS as well as other departments. We will also introduce the fellow to subject matter experts at partnering organizations that work on heat and related topics, such as colleagues at UCONN, Ledge Light Health District, and non-profit organizations, which will help build the fellow’s network. We would also like the fellow to work with us on public engagement around the topic of heat as well as other climate change impacts, which would provide experience in developing and implementing communications strategies.  

      Because the topic of heat has not been a focus of previous Town climate planning efforts, the work to be performed by the fellow will have a significant impact in informing the Town and community. The Sustainability and Resilience Manager is pursuing grant funding that, if awarded, would support the development of the Town’s first climate action plan. The outcomes of this fellowship will directly inform the heat portion of that plan, creating a pathway for the fellow’s work to make a significant contribution to the Town’s future climate action.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Interests: More than any other consideration, we are looking for a fellow who is passionate about working on climate change.  
      • Academic Background and Experience: We will consider fellows from any academic background, but will give preference to those with education and experience in the sciences (particularly biology, environmental science, natural resource management, climatology, etc.) and/or communication.  
      • General Skills: Our ideal fellow is a deliberative and creative thinker who can both assess scientific information and brainstorm ways to apply it to local government operations. The fellow will be conducting public engagement and must be comfortable doing so.  

      Town of Groton
      134 Groton Long Point Road
      Groton, CT 06340 

      Work will be performed onsite or hybrid – partially in-person/partially remote 

      Megan Granato, Sustainability and Resilience Manager
      Jon Reiner, OPDS Director 

      UNH Center for Business Analytics & When Pigs Fly 

      Food Waste Reduction through Data Driven Insights 

      Durham, New Hampshire  
      Fully in-person 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The UNH Center for Business Analytics is a knowledge hub at the intersection of industry and academics: we leverage UNH’s wealth of technological and intellectual resources to help real businesses solve real business problems. To accomplish this, a staff of multidisciplinary student analysts—along with associated research and industry faculty—work directly with our industry partners in a consulting-type model. The benefit is two-fold: students get hands on experiential learning opportunities, and businesses get support to help them build their capacity to manage and analyze their data. Current partners—both regionally and locally—include companies from manufacturing, sports entertainment, energy & sustainability, healthcare, publishing, and blockchain technology. In one of our partnerships with a federal government data solutions agency based in Washington DC, we helped them with a data efficiency problem using robotic process automation which led to immediate and significant reduction in manual analysis—an estimated 30-40 hours per month.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      In the US, over 30% of edible food is wasted. Using raw production and supply chain data from When Pigs Fly Breads as a proof-of-concept for the larger perishable food industry, this Fellowship will tackle this challenge by developing a prototype software platform for food waste pathways that aims to better connect producers of perishable goods (Supply) with potential customers (Need) via real-time predictive analytics. 

      When Pigs Fly is one of our industry partners and is a manufacturer of fresh-baked, natural breads that are sold in 500+ stores, mostly in the northeast. Their manufacturing facility produces thousands upon thousands of loaves of bread each day across 50 different SKUs (stock keeping unit). Because this bread is a premium, completely fresh product, there is a tight turnaround time of about 8 days in which the bread must be baked, shipped, and sold. If it is not sold within that timeframe, it is no longer considered fresh baked and must be removed from grocery store shelves; these unsold breads are considered wasted, even if they haven’t expired. Each unit of bread costs about $2.00—ingredients, labor, etc.—which results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue for the company per year, or about 30 tons of wasted product, some of which is successfully donated or recycled (for farmers), but about 15 tons of which is just waste. 

      To reduce cost, the Center for Business Analytics is helping them optimize their production and distribution strategy to better project sales of each SKU of bread, per store, on a variety of different factors such as seasonality and prior sales volume. Better data will result in less wasted ingredients and less wasted food.  

      However, it’s still estimated that about 15% of bread will go unsold. So, what can we do with all this bread? Typically, food pantries don’t accept perishable goods. To tackle this food waste challenge, the Fellow will work to find a better pathway for unsold perishable goods by developing a data-driven model that can better pair Supply with Need in real time.  

      In America alone, it’s estimated that we waste 80 billion pounds of food—or about 30-40% of our total food supply—annually. As of now, there is little incentive to streamline/encourage donations. 

      The ultimate deliverable is to create a prototype/proof of concept of a data platform, hosted by AWS (Amazon Web Services), that creates real-time insights for the following: 

      • Potential suppliers of perishable goods can enter quantity of X products into simple, straightforward user interface, along with other pertinent data (e.g., age of product). 
      • On the flip side, potential consumers (food banks, schools, churches, farms etc.) can enter their “need” into this user interface. 
      • The user interface then pairs Supply with Need or, if no supply is needed, alerts other agencies about available food. 
      • Platform provides Suppliers with “impact reports” on donations and placement of goods and estimated financial impact, thus incentivizing continued contribution.  

      To create this platform, the Fellow will first complete the following steps: 


      • Research current use of perishable goods 
      • Research similar data platforms that make real-time connections (e.g., the way Uber connects Supply with Need in real time) 
      • Consult with industry experts at hunger relief and sustainability agencies 
      • Research incentives for companies to donate: tax breaks, goodwill, etc. 
      • Spend time onsite at manufacturing facility to get deeper understanding of supply chain 
      • Shipping challenges: ideas as to how (if) food can be moved quickly 

      Develop Data Strategy: 

      • Data governance 
      • Data reporting/visualization 
      • UX and UI design 

      Data Analysis: 

      • How to optimize production/reduce waste for industry partner 

      Ultimately, the goal of this project is to use the research/deliverables as a proof of concept for other perishable food industries.  

      This Fellow will have the opportunity to make real progress on reducing food waste through research and data modeling. 

      In addition to support from the UNH Center for Business Analytics, this Fellow will also have direct contact with President & CEO of our industry partner and will develop skills related to business strategy, analytics, project management, and process improvement. The Fellow will have a chance to see manufacturing and supply chain firsthand. 

      For broader impact, our desire is to create a simple, low-cost data interface that will help streamline the disconnect between Supply and Need, providing hunger relief and sustainability organizations more agency over their own inventory, allowing them to better predict need for both perishable and non-perishable products alike. On the other side of the equation, potential suppliers of wasted food will have an easy, one-stop shop place to share donations without having to cold-call individual agencies. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Experience: Strong, genuine interest in technology and sustainability. Working knowledge of business analytics and strategy. Experience with project management highly preferred. Some background in business, math, engineering, computer science, sustainability, technology, or related majors. 

      • General / Soft Skills: Fellow will be supported by student analysts at Center, so must work well in team settings. Strong organizational skills; able to think qualitatively and quantitatively. Strong verbal and written communication skills. 

      • Technical / Specialized Skills: Some experience with data visualization tools (Tableau, PowerBI, Qlik Sense). Some programming language experience (Python, R, Java, etc.). Extremely strong Excel skills. Understanding of predictive, prescriptive, diagnostic, and descriptive analytics 

      • Transportation: It is preferred candidate has means to be in person at the UNH Center for Business Analytics. 

      UNH Center for Business Analytics
      10 Pettee Brook Lane
      Durham NH, 03824 

      Work will be performed onsite, with occasional trips to manufacturing facility. 

      Andrew Mitchell, Assistant Director, UNH Center for Business Analytics 

      UNH Energy & Utilities 

      UNH Campus Energy & Utilities Decarbonization Roadmap 

      Durham, NH 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The University of New Hampshire serves a community of roughly 12,000 undergraduates and 2,600 graduate students, 6,500 of whom live on campus. The campus is a leader of sustainability: it has had an active Energy Task Force and was once of the first campuses in the country to measure its carbon footprint and commit to carbon neutrality in the country.  

      On the frontline of bringing that commitment to fruition is the UNH Energy & Utilities office. Our 12 staff members work to ensure reliable, cost effective and sustainable power to UNH’s education, research and student life activities: 6,000,000sq. ft. of Academic, Housing, Dining, and Office facilities. Two thirds of this space are served by the campus district energy network, which provides a range of utilities including hot water, steam, chilled water, dual temp distribution, and electricity.  

      UNH has been able to drive significant cost savings and carbon reductions through forward-thinking projects such as the Ecoline landfill gas project, advanced building automation, and the Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF). However more work is needed in order to achieve the campus climate commitment of net zero by (and preferably before!) 2050.  

      About the Fellowship: 
      The UNH Energy & Utilities Decarbonization Fellow will be the first to work on a comprehensive decarbonization plan for the Energy & Utilities department. The fellow will utilize existing energy & utilities master plan along with utility data to determine a current picture baseline of where the department stands today. This will include current carbon emissions—of which UNH has a solid understanding from over the past twenty years, but the Fellow will start by getting an understanding of this current state with briefing and collaboration from the UNH Sustainability Institute--as well as major equipment and building systems in need of replacement in the short-term (10-year horizon). Our current energy generation depends heavily on combustion of both landfill gas and natural gas. The landfill has a limited lifespan and therefore we cannot depend on this renewable source indefinitely. 

      Once a baseline understanding of current system capacities, lifespan and impact has been established, the fellow will focus on researching technologies that could allow for decarbonization of UNH’s district energy system. This phase will focus on researching industry and peer best practices to create guidelines for UNH Energy & Utilities to develop an RFP (request for proposals) to consulting firms who specialize in decarbonization planning.   

      The final deliverables will be a report compiling the information learned from these two phases (the baseline) and how we plan to get to net zero (the roadmap). The final report will include the fellow's recommendations that are based on their experience and information learned throughout the course of the summer. This report will be Energy & Utilities roadmap for moving forward with a formal planning process. 

      The project will provide a roadmap for UNH Energy & Utilities to follow to create and implement a comprehensive decarbonization plan. This will be the first step in the department-specific approach to document and plan for decarbonization by 2050.  Specific deliverables will include: 

      • A comprehensive report detailing research findings, analysis of different decarbonization options or pathways (results and methods), and recommendations for implementation timeline and next steps. 
      • A summary presentation to the Energy Task Force, Sustainability Task Force, and leadership from UNH Facilities Department. 
      • An elevator pitch on why UNH should move forward with a formal decarbonization plan and what we would expect to gain from this effort.

      Two parts: 

      1. The fellow will gain in-depth knowledge of energy and utility infrastructure, campus planning, utility decarbonization, and building level decarbonization. Skills gained in this will include economic analysis from project development to implementation, interdisciplinary collaboration, data analysis, utility planning, and carbon analysis. UNH has extensive energy, spatial, and building information tracking systems which the fellow will have access to and learn how to navigate. 
      2. UNH is a leading higher education institution in demonstrating sustainability. Energy & Utilities has contributed largely to this through the Ecoline Landfill Gas project and implantation of the Energy Efficiency Fund. These initiatives are shared widely through the ASHEE STARS certification and participation with the International District Energy Association. A successful decarbonization roadmap would serve as a tool to guide other institutions in their pursuit to become carbon neutral.   

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Preferred qualifications are that the fellow is a recent graduate or master level student who can demonstrate their ability to understand complex systems. Energy & utilities knowledge is not required, but a strong background in either engineering, economics, or sustainability will be necessary. The candidate should understand the core sustainability concept of being interdisciplinary and be able to explain why this is important to a systems-based project. The fellow should be prepared to demonstrate or discuss examples of quantitative and qualitative analysis, independent research, collaboration, and strong communication. Emphasis on economic analysis such as cost-benefit comparison, net present value, and carbon accounting within previous coursework is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will be able to show their interest and motivation in learning more about sustainable energy.  

      UNH Energy & Utilities Department
      6 Leavitt Lane
      Durham, NH 

      Work will be performed onsite (preferred). 

      Matt L’Heureux, Campus Energy Manager
      Adam Kohler, Executive Director, UNH Energy & Utilities 

      UNH Sustainability Institute

      Carbon Clinic Curriculum Development 

      Durham, NH 

      About the Host Organization: 
      The UNH Carbon Clinic is a new course for undergraduates that was launched by the Sustainability Institute in fall 2022. The semester-long course is an experiential learning opportunity where students learn how to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory by working on a real organization’s greenhouse gas inventory. Students learn the basics of greenhouse gas accounting through in-class lectures, data exercises, and reading. They then apply and develop their new skills by working in teams with a client organization. Students calculate the organization’s carbon footprint, analyze scenarios, and make recommendations in a final presentation. The course aims to meet the growing need for greenhouse gas accounting as a skill set in the workforce. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      As more organizations want to reduce their own climate impact, there has been a growing need for a workforce trained in greenhouse gas accounting. Although students express a strong interest in developing sustainability skills, there are not many undergraduate courses nationally that teach greenhouse gas accounting. UNH has developed a new course called the Carbon Clinic to help address this gap. To train students in this complex and nuanced field, effective teaching materials are essential. The Fellow will review and improve the Carbon Clinic teaching materials to help scale the program for broader impact. 

      Launched in fall 2022, the Carbon Clinic teaches greenhouse gas accounting in just one semester. Although many students come to the class with some background in climate change, they usually have no experience with carbon footprint calculations. To prepare students to start working on client organization carbon footprints, the class starts with several weeks of intensive in-class training. The limited amount of time makes it all the more important for course materials to be clear and effective. 

      The instructors have developed a set of course materials for the Carbon Clinic used for a spring 2022 pilot program and the first full semester in fall 2022. These course materials include the syllabus, weekly schedule, slide decks for each week, in-class data exercises, homework assignments, and carbon footprint calculation templates. Although these materials contain the core concepts, they need refinement and development to successfully scale the program to reach more students. The Fellow will review and update the course materials to meet the goal of training more students in greenhouse gas accounting. The Fellow will be encouraged to bring new ideas for course design and materials for this experiential learning course. 

      The Fellowship will involve a comprehensive review and update of the course materials used for the Carbon Clinic. The deliverables may include any of the following revised course materials: 

      • Revised syllabus, including a proposed weekly schedule for topics and assignments. 
      • Revised/new in-class and homework assignments to improve students’ understanding of core concepts. 
      • Revised Excel templates (normalizations, scenarios). 
      • Revised slide decks. 
      • Recorded short video trainings on greenhouse gas accounting. 

      The Fellow will gain hands-on experience with curriculum development for a course on sustainability. The Fellow will learn/develop greenhouse gas accounting skills from experts in the field to inform their work on the course materials. The Fellow will also develop their technical skills in Excel. Finally, the Fellow may also be able to work directly with peer mentors and/or students who are preparing for the fall semester. 

      The course materials developed by the Fellow will be used directly in the UNH Carbon Clinic. The course is scaling rapidly to meet demand from both undergraduate students and client organizations. The course worked with 3 clients in fall 2022 and is scheduled to work with 6 clients in spring 2023. The materials developed by the Fellow will help keep the program on track to continue scaling at both UNH and beyond. The greenhouse gas accounting skills that students gain from the course will also help organizations tackle their own carbon footprints to address the climate crisis. 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Academic background in science, engineering, and/or STEM education. 
      • Experience with course design or curriculum development. 
      • Strong data management and analysis skills, including experience with software like Excel. 
      • Experience with technical report writing and presenting. 
      • Familiarity with or interest in learning greenhouse gas accounting. 
      • General / Soft Skills – Highly organized, creative, detailed oriented, effective verbal and written communicator. 

      University of New Hampshire, Sustainability Institute 
      Nesmith Hall 
      131 Main St.
      Durham, NH 03824 

      Work will be performed both onsite and online as a hybrid model. 

      Allison Leach, SIMAP Program Manager, UNH Sustainability Institute 
      Jennifer Andrews, Project Director, UNH Sustainability Institute 

      Unitil Corporation 

      Climate Change Scenario Risk Assessment 

      Exeter, New Hampshire 
      Remote or option to be hybrid

      About the Host Organization: 
      Unitil Corporation is an interstate electric and natural gas utility company that serves areas in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. Unitil, a small investor-owned utility, was recognized as one of New Hampshire’s Best Companies to Work For and has previously hosted three UNH Sustainability Fellows. In 2019, Unitil released its inaugural Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which laid out our sustainability actions and goals for the next decade. We are currently working towards achieving our 2030 company carbon target, decarbonizing our electric supply, and planning for our region’s diverse climate impacts in the 21st century. In summer 2022, our Sustainability Fellow completed a risk assessment of climate-induced sea-level rise on our physical assets, making a significant contribution to our strategic planning for climate change. As our planning for climate change matures in 2023, we continue to assess additional climate risks and their implications for our physical assets and our customers. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      Along with Unitil’s development of its sustainability reporting and carbon emissions accounting, we are evaluating the myriad impacts of climate change on our physical assets in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. As an electric and gas utility delivery company located in a region experiencing significant climate impacts, we are constantly looking to better understand the effects of climate change. This summer, our Fellowship will focus on the impacts of increased mean temperatures and extreme temperature events on our power distribution infrastructure; electric distribution is of specific concern, as we own and operate critical assets that are impacted by temperature changes and are directly responsible for the delivery of reliable and safe energy to our customers. 

      The goal of this project is to assess multiple scenarios of climate-related mean temperature increases and translate them to a report of impacts on Unitil’s physical assets. The Fellowship will consist primarily of desk research, reviewing similar climate impact reports from peer utilities, public climate data sets and studies, and Unitil’s internal GIS-based asset information. Unitil has previously conducted climate change planning using the IPCC’s Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), which were created to illustrate climate conditions under different emissions scenarios by the year 2100. Using this framework, the report will describe expected temperature conditions for Unitil’s region under the relevant RCPs and assess their physical implications for our assets. The Fellow will conduct the majority of this research remotely, with opportunities to visit Unitil’s power delivery assets and facilities if they are based in New England. Or, if travel permits, the Fellow should plan for an extended site visit near the in-person midterm of the Fellowship. 

      The deliverables of this Fellowship include:  

      • A report or document detailing Unitil’s at-risk assets due to expected mean temperature increases from climate change. 
      • The report will include a general discussion of climate-related mean temperature impacts for Unitil’s operating areas according to the IPCC’s Representative Concentration Pathways.  
      • The report will include a hierarchy of at-risk assets, also considering potential for financial and reputational risk.  
      • A presentation of findings to the Vice President of Engineering and other Unitil executive team members.  

      Two parts: 

      1. The fellow will gain significant experience with quantitative physical climate risk assessment, specifically related to mean temperature increase and power distribution infrastructure. The Fellow will also have the opportunity for qualitative analysis in the final report, as they translate relevant data into specific implications for Unitil’s strategic planning. As corporate and municipal climate change planning around physical risks increases in necessity, these skills will likely be in greater demand.  
      2. This project builds directly on Unitil’s previous work and commitment to leadership in climate change planning for its customers and communities in New England. To continue to provide safe and reliable energy, Unitil’s approach to climate risks must include a detailed understanding of planning needs and the necessary asset changes or hardening. A stable and hardened electric grid also enables electrification and supports a move towards a reduction in other sector greenhouse gas emissions as renewable electricity comes online. The Fellow will have an excellent opportunity this summer to be a primary contributor to this process. The completed report will be used directly in our planning processes with executive and engineering teams, and will position Unitil with local and national industry leaders planning for climate change and grid resiliency.  

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • An academic background in environmental science, engineering, sustainability, or a related field is desired. Coursework or experience with GIS is also ideal, as the Fellow will be working with maps of Unitil assets.  
      • Experience with climate impacts related to mean temperature increase and/or the IPCC’s Representative Concentration Pathways for climate risk is beneficial.  
      • Ability to work independently, attention to detail, willingness to collaborate and communicate about climate related topics with multiple departments within an organization.  
      • Strong technical writing and research skills are a must.  
      • Interests in grid resilience and climate change in New England will be helpful in preparation of the final report.  

      30 Energy Way
      Exeter, NH  

      Work will be performed online, with the option of site visits or in-person work at the Fellow’s discretion. 

      Sara Sankowich, Manager of Forestry and Sustainability  
      David Larson, Sustainability Impact Analyst 

      Worthen Industries, Inc 

      Product Carbon Footprints 

      Nashua, New Hampshire  
      Remote or in-person 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Worthen Industries is a 150-year-old family-owned manufacturing company with five plants in the US and headquartered in Nashua, NH.  Our 12 business units manufacture coatings, adhesives, extruded films and coated substrates for a wide variety of industries including footwear and apparel, medical devices, food packaging, construction, and PV solar panels. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      To address its full climate impact, an organization must assess its upstream greenhouse gas emissions. This is especially true for a manufacturing company like Worthen Industries. The focus of this Fellowship will be analyzing the upstream product greenhouse gas emissions for several of the products manufactured by Worthen to help them improve their supply chain sustainability. 

      At Worthen Industries, support for sustainability comes from the top.  As a family-owned business, our CEO and President are strong advocates for energy efficiency, waste reduction, and producing more sustainable products.  We have rooftop solar arrays on two of our manufacturing facilities including one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in NH.  Our sustainability program is focused on reducing our carbon footprint. 

      While we have good data for tracking our on-site direct emissions (scope 1) and our indirect emissions from purchased electricity (scope 2), a significant contributor to our carbon footprint is the indirect upstream and downstream emissions from the products that we manufacture (scope 3).  Many of our business units are exploring more sustainable raw materials such as those that are biobased or contain recycled content. We are also looking for ways to reduce waste and improve the energy efficiency of the manufacturing process.  We have started calculating the carbon footprint for a few products and found it challenging in part due to availability of emissions factors for many inputs and estimating the upstream energy used to produce an individual product.   

      The objective of this Fellowship is to calculate the upstream product carbon footprints for several products manufactured by Worthen Industries and to develop a procedure that can be used for other products.  The Fellow will also identify opportunities to improve the sustainability of Worthen’s supply chain. 

      The expected outcomes are clear and well-documented calculations of upstream product carbon footprints for several products manufactured by Worthen Industries.  This should include a clear documentation of the calculations and assumptions (e.g., in a spreadsheet, a report documenting the methods, and figures and graphics for communicating the results internally and to customers.  These deliverables will be used by Worthen Industries to both share their current product carbon emissions within their company and their stakeholders, and to identify opportunities for reductions. 

      The Fellow will gain experience in calculating upstream product carbon footprints for products with sometimes complicated raw materials for which carbon emission factors are not readily available.  This will likely include identifying, estimating and/or explaining data gaps.  There also will be the opportunity to work with people throughout our organization – including chemists, business unit managers, and process technicians.  Finally, the Fellow will have the opportunity to make recommendations for supply chain carbon reductions for a real company. 

      Worthen Industries will take the product carbon footprint results to improve the sustainability of their purchasing. Each of Worthen’s 12 business units has monthly meetings with the CEO and Sustainability Manager to discuss the business unit’s sustainability efforts.  Many business units are working on calculating carbon footprints with the goal of using that information to help drive product development – for example researching raw materials with lower footprints or optimizing production to increase energy efficiency.  In addition, we anticipate that customers will increasingly value this information to help them decrease the carbon footprints of their products as they make purchasing decisions. 

      Desired Qualifications: 
      Experience or at least familiarity with calculating product life cycle carbon footprints and relevant sources of data would be ideal.  Strong data analysis and data management skills are essential, including experience with software like Excel.  Other necessary skills include: Ability to work unsupervised, strong research abilities, detail oriented, good communicator, and good at working with people across the organization. 

      Worthen Industries
      34 Cellu Drive
      Nashua, NH 

      Work will be performed onsite or remotely 

      Shaye Hardner, Sustainability Manager, Worthen Industries 


      Wyman’s Scope 3 Carbon Emissions 

      Milbridge, Maine 

      About the Host Organization: 
      Founded in Maine in 1874, Wyman’s remains family-owned and is the largest retail brand of frozen fruit in the U.S. Wyman’s raises wild blueberries on over 13,000 acres across Maine, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and sources wild blueberries from over 450 grower partners. Wyman’s maintains manufacturing operations in Maine and Prince Edward Island, with co-pack manufacturing operations across the U.S. and South America. Although Wyman’s featured product offerings revolve around wild blueberries, we also offer a broad array of fruits from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Sustainability is a core value at Wyman’s, which is made clear in their slogan “We are on a mission to help the world eat more fruit.” This slogan refers to both the human health benefits of fruit and the benefits to pollinators from flowering plants like fruits. 

      About the Fellowship: 
      Greenhouse gas emissions across the food supply chain must be reduced to meet climate targets. One way to calculate and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions is by first calculating a food organization’s complete upstream, on-site, and downstream carbon footprint. The Fellow will conduct a scope 3 greenhouse gas inventory for international frozen fruit company Wyman’s to complement their scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas inventory. 

      Wyman’s calculated a portion of their carbon footprint as part of the fall 2022 UNH Carbon Clinic. This effort focused on their direct on-site emissions (scope 1) and indirect purchased electricity emissions (scope 2), and it identified key opportunities for on-site reductions. The most promising strategies include installing solar panels and updating refrigeration systems. As a multi-national food producer with a complex supply chain, Wyman’s next wants to calculate and reduce their upstream and downstream carbon emissions (scope 3). 

      Wyman’s is seeking to establish a baseline upstream and downstream (scope 3) carbon emissions analysis which includes, but is not limited to, international and domestic shipping, warehousing, packaging, and co-pack manufacturing operations. The first phase of the Fellowship will involve identifying which scope 3 categories are both relevant to Wyman’s and feasible to calculate. This scope 3 analysis will complement the scope 1 & 2 carbon emission analyses already completed and will provide visibility to Wyman’s complete carbon accounting.  

      Wyman’s seeks to incorporate emissions data and modeling into everyday business decisions to enhance our sustainability and reduce our overall contribution to climate change.  

      The key goal for this Fellowship is to calculate Wyman’s scope 3 carbon footprint. The deliverables for this overarching goal are: 

      • Scope 3 greenhouse gas inventory report. This technical report will summarize the methodology, any assumptions, the results, and recommendations. 
      • Scenario analysis. As time allows, the Fellow will conduct scenario analysis for the scope 3 emissions to identify feasible and effective scenarios. 
      • Footprint reduction recommendations. Based on the footprint results and scenario analysis, the Fellow will prepare a list of recommendations for Wyman’s to most effectively reduce their scope 3 carbon emissions. 

      The Fellow should also prepare clearly documented data sets and calculation files. The greenhouse gas inventory tool SIMAP ( will be used for the footprint calculation itself, but any supporting materials should be submitted as well. 

      The Fellow will develop a skill set for the full process of calculating an international organization’s scope 3 carbon footprint. Greenhouse gas accounting is becoming an increasingly marketable skill, and scope 3 is of growing interest to organizations that want to address their full climate impact. The Fellow will also gain experience working with a value-added food producer and will gain familiarity with the full food supply chain.  

      With their full greenhouse gas inventory and the Fellow’s recommendations, Wyman’s will be able to incorporate greenhouse gas reduction into all aspects of their business operations. Wyman’s already values sustainability initiatives and would like to reduce their climate impact – the Fellow’s work will provide Wyman’s with the knowledge and tools to do . 

      Desired Qualifications: 

      • Strong data analysis and data management skills are essential, including experience with software like Excel. 
      • Experience with technical report writing and presenting. 
      • Experience with carbon footprint accounting.  
      • General / Soft Skills – Possess a positive proactive approach, highly organized, detailed oriented, effective verbal and written communicator. 

      P.O. Box 100
      Milbridge, ME 04658 

      Work will be performed online. 

      Bruce Hall, Director of Agroecology 

      Thank you for your interest in the Sustainability Fellowship!
      The 2023 application period is closed.

      QUESTIONS? Contact Alexis Dwyer at

      1. Review the information in the Sustainability Fellowship Details section above, including program goals, benefits, compensation & expectations (including important dates).

      2. Review the list of 2023 Sustainability Fellowship Project Descriptions; choose up to two (2) projects that interest you and are aligned with your background and skills. You may apply for up to two (2) Fellowships. Applicants who apply for more than two (2) Fellowships  will not be considered.  

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

        Prepare a unique cover letter for each Fellowship for which you would like to apply (up to 2). 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 (1) resume that highlights your background relative to the Fellowship(s) for which you plan to apply.
        List three (3) 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)
        Select a 1-2 page writing sample from your academic or professional work, this will help us 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 (2) 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 file as follows:  FirstName_MiddleName_LastName_2023.pdf ):

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

      5. Complete the online application, upload your application package and submit by February 10, 2023.

      What happens next?

      We look forward to reviewing your applications! Most applicants who are invited to interview for a Fellowship(s) position will be contacted by mid to late February. Interviews are conducted from the end of February through the beginning of March, and most offers are extended by mid-March/early April. The Fellowship program begins with orientation, May 30 - June 1, which will be conducted online.   

      QUESTIONS? Contact Alexis Dwyer at

      Interested in hiring a Fellow? Learn more:

      Thank you for your interest! The summer 2023 host Request for Project Proposal period is now open.

      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 

      2023 UNHSI Sustainability Fellowship Request for Proposals

      Watch the Host Info-session:

      Have questions?

      Please reach out to Alexis Dwyer ( 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 30 – August 18
      • 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 (May 31) and either the midterm (July 13) or the final presentation event (August 10).  
      • 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: $7,500 

      Post Baccalaureate Fellow: $9,500 

      * 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.  

      The summer 2023 Host Application period has closed. If you are interested in hosting a Sustainability Fellow in summer 2024, please contact

      Application Information

      When completing an application, you’ll be asked to complete and upload a project proposal. 

      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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