2021 EDF Climate Corps Program

Jump-start your energy projects!

Sustainable Jersey is pleased to offer municipalities and school districts registered in Sustainable Jersey or Sustainable Jersey for Schools the opportunity to participate in the 2021 Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) Climate Corps Program.

EDF Climate Corps Fellows provide no-cost expertise and support for school districts and municipalities to take advantage of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) and utility incentives (such as NJNG’s SAVEGREEN Project and SJG’s Smart Energy Partners program) for energy efficiency audits and facility and/or equipment upgrades to help save energy and money.


Who is eligible?

Registered school districts and municipalities in Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), and South Jersey Gas service territories are invited to apply.

In addition, distressed municipalities and school districts throughout New Jersey registered in the Sustainable Jersey or Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification programs may apply to participate in the 2021 EDF Climate Corps Program. Sustainable Jersey staff will use the NJ Division of Community Affairs Municipal Revitalization Index (MRI) to identify community distress levels when considering applications. Please see Section H of the Application Information Packet for further detail on how Sustainable Jersey uses the MRI to determine community need.


What's involved?

This program provides no-cost assistance to municipalities and school districts registered in the Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools programs to support efforts that will improve building performance through energy efficiency analysis, planning, and upgrades.

With the assistance of a trained EDF Climate Corps Fellow, typically an MBA or similar graduate student with in-depth training in energy project assessment and development, municipalities and school districts can jump-start their energy initiatives and identify funding resources to implement energy projects to make their facilities more energy efficient. Energy efficiency upgrades not only save on energy costs but also typically improve indoor air quality as well as make facilities more comfortable in both warm and cold weather.

Each EDF Fellow will work with one or more municipalities and school districts for approximately 9-10 weeks during the summer of 2021. Due to COVID safety concerns, the Fellows will work remotely. Participating municipalities and school districts should be prepared to support collaborative work in an on-line work environment, including providing key information such as utility data electronically.


Read about EDF Fellow accomplishments in years prior

Sustainable Jersey has been placing EDF Climate Corps Fellows since 2015. Learn how these Fellows have helped New Jersey municipalities and school districts advance their energy initiatives.

View Previous EDF Fellow Projects


Application Information

    Application Deadline: Wednesday April 7, 2021 April 21, 2021

    Click here to download the Application Information Packet. The packet provides information about how the opportunity can support energy initiatives as well as details about the selection process. Detailed instructions on how to apply are included in the Application Information Packet.

    Municipalities should only submit ONE application. Applicants will be considered for all eligible opportunities. Please note that the application must be completed in ONE session, you cannot save your application. 

    Complete Application

    The school or municipal resolution to accompany your application should be sent separately via email to Energy Program Manager, Nancy Quirk at quirkn@tcnj.edu.



    Contact Nancy Quirk, Energy Program Manager, at quirkn@tcnj.edu or 609-771-2902.


    Sustainable Jersey is partnering with EDF to offer this program supported by