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2018 Stanback Internship - City Energy Project

2018 Stanback Internship - City Energy Project

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US-NY-New York
US-CA-San Francisco
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Urban Solutions Program [314000]

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Given federal rollbacks of environmental commitments, city leadership on climate change is more critical than ever. Cities are working to create more sustainable urban communities but often lack the funding and resources to make the changes they envision. The City Energy Project ( is a unique national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Working in partnership, the participating twenty cities and the Project support solutions that cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce harmful pollution. Specifically, NRDC and our partner organization, Institution for Market Transformation, assist mayoral offices with developing and advocating for policy as well as implementing innovative city programs to advance energy efficiency.


Over the summer City Energy Project will be responsible for leading or supporting several simultaneous energy efficiency campaigns across participating cities that will intersect key issues including public climate commitments, economic development, public health, and equity.


  • Conduct research on a wide range of needed topics including utility regulations, real estate, subnational climate commitments, and equity
  • Identify opportunities for peer-to-per learning across cities in the Project's network
  • Analyze energy use data or city building data as needed
  • Support the Project’s ongoing effort to integrate equity into local efforts
  • Attend coalition and stakeholder meetings, with the potential to travel to other participating cities
  • Draft public-facing resources such as factsheets, reports, blog posts, and social media and website content



  • Superior research, data synthesis, and analysis skills
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills



  • Demonstrated interest in urban sustainability, subnational climate change commitments, environmental, energy, buildings, and/or equity issues is a plus
  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates who show demonstrable experience in communicating scientific and/or technical information (oral and/or written) to non-technical audiences and/or have experience and knowledge of building energy efficiency policies and programs

Stanback Positions are only available to current or enrolled Duke University student for September 2018


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