Program Overview

The Energy and Climate Policy (ECP) Fellows program is for selected students interested in the nexus between energy/climate change and local community engagement. This program incorporates law, policy, equity, and modeling to take academic research beyond the classroom and into the community. This is a 15-credit academic program based at the Mason Square campus and incorporates an internship experience into the semester.

The Energy and Climate Policy Fellows comprise a small cohort of up to 20 students, all interested in how energy and climate change intersects and affects our lives at the community level. The smaller classes allow for more student discussion and the opportunity to delve deeper into real issues communities face today. The internship provides students the chance to immediately apply what they are learning and offers students greater insight into their future career in the arena of energy and climate change.

Program Background:

Climate change is the greatest global challenge facing the world today. The consensus among the global community is that human activities, such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation, are contributing to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, leading to global warming and climate change. These impacts will result in extreme drought and heat conditions, sea level rise and flooding, more intense weather events, and increased vector-borne diseases.

The ECP Fellows program focuses on the nexus between energy and climate change.  Energy and climate change share a common characteristic: they both affect almost every part of our lives, and in the future, both will likely dominate policy, politics, economics, equity, law, security, and the environment—at the local, national, and international level. Both are closely intertwined; in fact, the pathway to decarbonizing our economy must go through our energy systems.

The ECP Fellows Program focuses on four main areas: policy, law, modeling, and equity.  The program uses modeling of community emissions and risk to better plan for law and policy actions. Most importantly, the program works to engage with communities and their needs, resolve conflicts, and achieve energy equity and environmental justice. The end goal is to facilitate an academic-municipality project whereby communities are prepared to address climate change.

How will my Fellows semester count toward my degree requirements?

ECP fellows coursework will automatically count for the following degree requirements:

-public policy and admin concentration for BA GVIP 
-public policy concentration for BS PUAD
-applied skills and 3 restricted electives for BA ISLW

Students may also use ECP core coursework to fulfill the 3 electives required for the public policy and management minor. 

Global Affairs majors may use the semester's course work to fulfill the entire concentration requirement in Global Governance or the Environment. 

Spring 2024 applications are still open, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so Apply Now!

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