Felipe Floresca "High-Road" Fellowship Program

Application Closes: August 11th, 2019, 11:59 pm PST (Deadline Extended)                                                                                          

Felipe Floresca "High-Road" Fellowship Program 


The Felipe Floresca Fellowship Program provides a 12-month [September 2019-August 2020] experiential learning program in implementing sustainable energy, water and food projects that include and benefit low-income and communities of color. The program provides a $50,000 annual stipend plus benefits.  Placements are available for projects in one of the following ECC Sites: Washington D.C., Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Emerald Cities’ Felipe Floresca Fellowship Program builds the capacity of emerging leaders to implement  projects that work at the intersection of environment, economy and equity through national and local coalitions. Fellows will help ECC advance regional economies that are greener, healthier, economically just and democratic.  

These high road development models involve leveraging public and private sector funds to create resilient energy, water and food systems, while creating careers and business opportunities focused on the needs of low-income and communities of color. This requires intersectional knowledge and skills in environmental planning, real estate,  project development and financing workforce and small business development, as well as community organizing.  Because these are not “off-the-shelf” skill sets, ECC is launching this year-long fellowship program to provide experiential learning opportunities for a select number of highly motivated individuals to work directly with its field teams.

For 12 months, fellows will work directly on projects in one of its offices, and participate in skills training, benefit from cross-site/sector peer learning, and with a cohort of fellows work on a national policy initiative.  The fellows will be exposed to the work of its coalition members nationally and locally; and gain knowledge in the design and development of: energy efficiency and renewable energy projects; community water infrastructure projects, and local sustainable food systems.  Fellows will also acquire skills in project financing and fund development; energy audits of affordable housing projects; on-line labor, business and energy data management systems, facilitating community meetings and collaborations, and policy development.  

This “high road” approach guides our leadership in Washington, D.C. and field teams in eight cities nationwide. Available fellowship placement sites are limited to: Oakland, California (sustainable food and anchor strategies); San Francisco, California (clean energy, affordable housing & economic inclusion); Seattle, Washington (clean energy, affordable housing & economic inclusion);  and Washington, D.C. (economic inclusion & climate resilience & program development). A fellow will work with the local ECC Director and staff in the designated placement to grow ongoing projects and develop new local work. 

We thank The Kendeda Fund,The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Surdna Foundation for sponsoring this program.

If you have any questions please email info.hq@emeraldcities.org or call (202) 449-9781. 

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