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Fellowships to USA Professionals for Projects Addressing Environmental Issues

1 Hotels Fellowship at E2


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Environmental Entrepreneurs
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Important Dates
Deadline: 08/01/23 7:00 AM Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $20,000 to USA professionals for projects addressing environmental issues. Project examples include, but are not limited to organization and partnerships, research and publications, and advocacy and communication. Projects should address one of the following focus areas: climate change, clean energy, clean water, food and agriculture, healthy communities, oceans, and nature and wildlife.

1 Hotels Fellows will work in partnership with NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) program to identify pressing environmental issues and needs across the country, and then organize and execute projects that help communicate and amplify the business and economic case for smart policies to address these issues.

Fellowships are restricted to early or mid-career professionals. Fellows will be chosen by a committee of seasoned entrepreneurs and environmental leaders, including members of E2’s national network of business leaders and NRDC’s environmental experts. Some preference may be given to location-specific projects where E2 operates, and to projects that help E2 expand its reach in new regions.

Project Examples:

New projects are encouraged to be creative, but below are some favorite examples:

  • Organization & Partnerships
    • Organizing business roundtables or other business-focused community events in key states to communicate the economic benefits of regenerative agriculture policies to the public.
    • Creating peer-to-peer communications programs for emerging leaders to share ideas about how to push changes in their cities or regions.
    • Documenting how local clean energy projects in conservative and politically diverse areas can better cultivate public support for climate action in ways more traditional approaches cannot.
  • Research & Publications
    • Measuring the jobs creation and economic impacts that result from investments in local energy and water infrastructure or climate resiliency programs.
    • Creating databases of investments in clean energy, clean water, and related infrastructure and companies in different cities and/or states.
    • Creating an online cleantech marketplace for small commercial buildings, connecting eligible energy efficiency and distributed solar projects with qualified energy service contractors and crowd-sourced investment capital.
  • Advocacy & Communications
    • Addressing the threat of federal budget cuts to programs for cleantech and clean energy innovation by creating a multimedia platform to share the stories of successful environmental entrepreneurs.
    • Developing of a state-based Clean Energy Leaders group to assist in expanding a vital network of young business leaders and dedicated clean energy advocates who can aid in advocating smart state clean energy policies with lawmakers.
    • Creating “story banks” and video projects that profile and tell the stories of businesses at the intersection of the environment and the economy and the policies that impact their success.
    • Designing targeted social media campaigns to communicate the economic benefits of sustainable industries jobs.


    Additional Eligibility Criteria
    - Fellowships are restricted to early or mid-career professionals.
    - U.S. residents only
    - Able to commit dedicated time on a regular basis to complete the selected project

    Some preference may be given to location-specific projects where E2 operates, and to projects that help E2 expand the Foundation's reach in new regions.

    No portion of the project may involve lobbying or electioneering activities at any level (i.e., city, state, federal).

    Pre-Application Information
    Application deadline: August 1, 2023 at 7:00 AM.

    Awarded fellows may be required to travel to one or more events organized by E2 and 1 Hotels during the program. Flights and hotel expenses associated with that travel will be covered.

    Funds will be paid in two installments, subject to a finalized project proposal and subsequent approval of reports. To receive payment, all written reports must be accompanied by an invoice.

    There is no limit to the number of project ideas you can submit; just make sure they are completely separate projects. (Hint: If you find that you have difficulty keeping multiple projects separate from each other, it may be that, with a bit more thinking, you might find that you have just one really great project.)


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    In addition to a $20,000 award, fellows will receive support from E2 and NRDC staff to complete their selected projects. Fellows also will become part of E2 and its Emerging Leaders Program, which will include:
    - Mentoring from seasoned executives and entrepreneurs across the country in the fields of sustainability, clean energy and other areas;
    - Media exposure and press opportunities;
    - Inclusion in special E2 Emerging Leaders programs at E2’s nine chapters nationwide;
    - Invitations to monthly webinars with business leaders, environmental experts and lawmakers;
    - Connections with E2’s network of business leaders, investors and others in sustainability, clean energy and other fields.

    Term of Contract
    Fellowships will run from January 2024 – December 2024.

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