Current fellowships

Energy and Climate Fellow

11/26/2020 7:00:01 PM CalRecycle
Job Fellowship CalRecycle Monthly Stipend $2250 End of Program Award $1000


This Sustainability position is supported through an innovative partnership between PG&E and Strategic Energy Innovations. Aimed at addressing the myriad of energy and environmental sustainability initiatives, this Fellowship model presents a distinct opportunity to shape energy efficiencies and sustainability practices across sectors and institutional roles.

At the core of this program is developing the next generation of thinkers and doers to help address sustainability in higher education settings. Roles in educational sustainability require a distinct combination of aptitudes including project management, data analytics and community development. In addition to the Climate Corps training and professional certificate, this position offers professional development opportunities designed to help provide the range of skills necessary to execute sustainable programs or practices. 

The candidate will work on pressing climate and sustainability problems and be relied upon to work toward replicable solutions. A customized mix of on the job training, field work and class time will help the Fellow hone marketable skills and draw important professional connections while making a marked difference in their community.

California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is responsible for the state's recycling and waste management programs. Our state leads the nation with a 65 percent diversion rate for all materials, and today recycling supports more than 140,000 green jobs in California. CalRecycle's vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California.

California’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy includes aggressive targets for increased recycling. One reason recycling features prominently in this strategy is that recycled goods have lower carbon intensity than virgin goods. Due to this difference in carbon intensity CalRecycle can use funds dedicated to greenhouse gas reduction efforts for grants and loans to expand recycling manufacturing capacity in California. Any additional reductions in the carbon intensity of recycled content goods would further bolster the case for spending greenhouse reduction funds on recycling infrastructure.

CalRecycle is charged with providing meaningful assistance to recyclers and recycled product manufacturers to expand capacity to meet statewide recycling goals. The fellow, under the direction of CalRecycle’s Business Development lead will:

- Develop and implement a plan to increase the energy efficiency of recyclers and recycled goods manufacturers.
- Gather information on the energy efficiency programs targeting manufacturers that are offered in various regions of the state.
- Gather case studies of energy efficiency projects at California recyclers.
- Perform outreach to recycling manufacturers regarding available energy efficiency programs and funding sources.
- Coordinate outreach activities closely with utility staff and energy efficiency program implementers.
- Develop and host webinars for recyclers about energy efficiency measures.
- Develop strategies for Recycling Market Development Zone coordinators to advertise energy efficiency programs to their members.
- Perform outreach to recycling manufacturers regarding CalRecycle’s grant and loan programs.
- Develop and implement strategy to increase the procurement of recycled content products by the public sector.