National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders Fellows confront climate change on their campuses and help to educate and engage the campus community on climate change impacts and solutions.
Monetary fellowship grants are awarded to college undergraduate and graduate students working with members of the faculty, staff, or administration on projects designed to help reverse climate change on campus and beyond.
Fellowships last for 15 months to allow for long-term projects and proper follow-through. These projects could include energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, greener transportation plans, installation of clean energy technology on campus, purchasing of clean energy, food systems, habitat restoration and plantings, etc. Special emphasis is placed on selecting projects from schools where a student has support from a team of faculty, staff, or other students that are already working on or are interested in working on campus-wide climate action.
National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders Fellows will be encouraged to develop a climate action plan with the support of their advisor and verifier. The climate action plan should propose tangible strategies to help meet emission reduction goals. The plan should also include steps to measure current emissions on campus, steps to reduce emissions on campus, and steps to adopt policies on campus addressing practices that can reduce emissions.
Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts.
In addition to joining the national network of current and alumni EcoLeaders Fellows, students also receive a modest grant, project support, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks. Campus and community members benefit from the fellow's assistance with the research, design and implementation of projects that produce measurable results to help educate on climate change impacts and solutions.
This program is partially funded through the generous support of the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Kendeda Fund, and the Town Creek Foundation.
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