Schneider Sustainable Energy 1 Year Fellowship


NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.


The Schneider Fellowships were created to promote the awareness of environmental issues resulting from our past and present energy use. The Fellowship program supports the efforts of non governmental organizations, such as NRDC, that are chosen based on their efforts to identify and solve the challenges of developing a more sustainable energy future.
The climate and Clean Energy Program focuses on fighting climate change by cutting carbon pollution and expanding the contribution of energy efficiency and renewable energy to ensure the clean, reliable and affordable energy services that a healthy and sustainable economy needs.
The Fellow will work with NRDC's Climate and Clean Energy Program and be directly involved in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies designed to influence federal clean energy policies. Issues that the Fellow may work on include defending key federal policies including appliance and equipment product efficiency standards, building energy codes, clean energy deployment incentives, and research, development and demonstration programs. Current and past fellows have provided integral analysis and materials development in support of federal energy efficiency policies. Fellows have led projects to analyze and quantify the energy and consumer savings from federal minimum efficiency, researched emerging technology opportunities and supported state advocacy strategies for deploying electric vehicles. Fellows have supported all stages of policy advocacy from strategy development to execution and implementation to secure the best possible policy outcome for clean energy deployment.
The Fellow will gain skills in research and analysis, written advocacy, oral advocacy, and how to participate in legislative and regulatory processes. The Fellow will be an integral part of NRDC’s team and will gain exposure to a variety of activities including attending policy meetings, working with private sector stakeholders, joint advocacy with other partners, policy analysis and development, and legislative and regulatory research and drafting.
We particularly encourage candidates with graduate level experience in energy, science, engineering, economics, public policy and/or law to apply, including candidates with multi-disciplinary experience and/or joint degrees. Outstanding candidates with an undergraduate degree will also be considered. Persuasive written and oral advocacy are vital.


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