Environment and Sustainability

Map of the Green Economy

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is a term to describe an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the effects that human actions have on environmental systems. The industries in this sector are very scientific in nature. It brings together multiple disciplines to cooperatively and collaboratively understand and manage the natural environment, solve environmental problems, and come up with strategies to restore air, land and water ecosystems. In real world terms, it makes more sense to view Environmental Science from the perspective of the issues it deals with rather than trying to stick to a fixed list of sciences that are or will be solving these problems. See Chapter 7 of Green Careers For Dummies for additional information about these sciences.


Atmospheric Science - Within this area scientists study meteorological phenomenon, greenhouse gas phenomena, global warming, how airborne contaminants are dispersed in the atmosphere, how sound propagation relates to noise pollution, and even light pollution. These studies would employ experts such as physicists, chemists, biologists, meteorologists, and oceanographers.

Earth Science - Geosciences (also known as Earth Sciences) is a discipline that includes environmental geology, environmental soil science, volcanic phenomena and evolution of the Earth’s crust. The study of soil erosion is one example of the ways geoscience would fall under the Environmental Sciences umbrella. There are four major disciplines in earth sciences, namely geography, geology, geophysics and geodesy. Some specializations in this area of science are geologists, environmental soil experts, hydrologists, oceanographers, physicists, biologists, and even mathematicians.

Ecology - Ecology typically employs the analysis of the interactions between organisms and some aspect of their environment. Here you might address endangered species, interactions between predators and their prey, habitat integrity, effects of environmental contaminants on biological populations, or an analysis of the impact a proposed land development will have on species viability. An interdisciplinary team analyzing an ecological system being impacted by one or more stress conditions might include biologists, chemists, physicists, geologists, and ecologists.

Environmental Chemistry - Environmental chemistry is the study of the chemical and biochemical phenomena that occur in nature. Environmental Chemistry studies the sources, reactions, movement, effects, and outcomes of chemical species in the air, soil, and water environments; and the effect human activity has on them. It is an interdisciplinary science that includes atmospheric, aquatic and soil chemistry, as well as heavily relying on analytical chemistry and environmental and other areas of science. Most common occupations solving problems for Environmental Chemistry are physicists, chemists, biologists, and environmental soil experts.

Green Chemistry - If you want to create safer and more efficient industrial chemicals, drugs, and consumer products, green chemistry is for you. Green chemistry addresses pollution and hazard prevention at the molecular level. This work is needed to reduce risks to both human health and the environment by reducing or eliminating the use and generation of hazardous substances used in chemical products and manufacturing processes in favor of more benign ones.

Hydrology - Hydrology is the science that studies the occurrence, distribution, movement and properties of the waters of the earth and their relationship with the environment within each phase of the hydrologic cycle. Hydrologic cycle, more plainly called water cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Hydrologists study all of the physical, chemical and biological processes involving water as it travels its various paths in the atmosphere, over and beneath the earth’s surface and through growing plants. Hydro-logical studies also provide insight for environmental engineering, policy and planning.

Natural Resource Management

If you are interested in guiding how we use natural resources in a responsible, sustainable way, consider the industries in this sector. According to North Dakota State University, natural resource management is a systems approach to managing our natural resources and addresses the biological, engineering, social and economic aspects of managing natural resources as an integrated system. The focus is on three areas: biotic resources, physical/earth resources, and social sciences. When it comes to the environmental management and services, think air, water, land, waste, and forests as you explore the various facets of these industries. See Chapter 8 of Green Careers For Dummies for additional information about these industries.

Air - Air Quality Management encompasses the monitoring, measurement, and control of pollutants in the air we breathe, be it in the city where we might be breathing pollution from cars and industrial sites, in the country where agricultural processes pollute the air, or microbial or in the buildings where we live and work. Strategies to reduce air pollution include urban and transportation planning, land use planning, technological advances in the manufacturing processes, design of products that cause less pollution when manufactured, improved regulation and enforcement, cleaner fuels, and improving the fuel efficiency of cars, trucks, cargo ships and other vehicles.
Possible job titles: Air Quality Technician, Air Quality Engineer, Air Pollution Analyst, Environmental Health Specialist, Tranportation Planner

Fish and Wildlife - If biodiversity, care for ecosystems and the protection, conservation and restoration of wildlife habitats and wildlife populations appeal to you, consider a career in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. Your options will be varied. Depending on your background and interests, you might be involved in research, studying wildlife health, designing habitat restoration plans, or working directly with endangered species. This industry has positions for a wide range of specialists including biologists, physicists, experts in GIS/modeling, statisticians, mathematicians, chemists, climatologists and geographers and various interdisciplinary teams employing, for example, specialists in genetics, ecology, economics, physiology, limnology and other sciences. Possible job titles: Ranger, Fish and Game Warden, Fisheries Manager, Fisheries Policy Analyst

Forests - Forestry is a very old industry with new concerns. Today’s foresters manage forests with a view to sustainability, resource management, as well as the beneficial effects of forests on our climate. Cities are beginning to manage their “urban forest” as a means of cleaning up air pollution and reducing the temperature in the hot summer months. Timber products such as wood, wood pulp, and paper, are now certified to show that they are from responsibly grown and managed forests, taking into consideration not only the well being of the environment, conservation of resources, protection of water sources and wildlife habitats, and the needs of future generations.

Land Management - The objectives of Land Management are to ensure that our lands are used in a sustainable manner to benefit human endeavors while protecting natural habitats and preserving biodiversity of our ecosystems. The field is pretty broad and includes Conservation, Restoration, Remediation, Land Use and Land Trust Management.

Sustainable Agriculture - Sustainable Agriculture seeks to produce food, fiber, and livestock in a way that is profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities. People in this industry strive to produce with the least possible harm to the environment and without depleting the earth’s resources. To do this they model their practices after systems found in nature and use methodologies that are self-sustaining, Sustainable Agriculture embraces biodiversity, recycling of plant nutrients, protecting soil from erosion, water conservation, minimizing tillage, and more.

Water Resource Management - Water Resources Management includes water treatment to make water suitable for drinking, agriculture, and industrial uses and water conservation to identify ways to conserve water. Managing wetlands and flood water management are some other aspects of Water Resources Management.

Energy and Smart Grid

This sector of the green economy is multi-faceted from energy generation (including renewable energy) to transmission and distribution to storage and managing energy use. To understand the direction of this sector, be sure to read the Smart Grid industry profile below. The initial sections of the profile give a very detailed overview of the current state of the power grid and where it’s heading. See Chapter 10 of Green Careers For Dummies for additional information about these industries.

Smart Grid - This sector will transform our relationship with electricity from power generation, transmission, and distribution to consumption management, storage, and appliances. Don’t think of this as a single industry, think of it as a multi-faceted sector that will continue to evolve over time.

Power Generation - When we speak of Renewable Energy, we are describing resources that are naturally replenished within a short time span making them indefinitely sustainable. This includes energy from the sun, wind, heat from inside the earth, plants, and water.

Biomass/Biofuel - Biomass is another word for organic matter such as wood waste, agricultural wastes, and some specially grown crops are burned as fuel. Biofuel is solid, liquid or gaseous fuel derived from biomass. There are now several kinds of organic matter that are being used to create biofuel including algae.

Geothermal - Geothermal energy is heat from the earth. This renewable resource has been used by people for a very long time. Water seeping into underground reservoirs is heated by geothermal energy which can then be tapped for a variety of uses.

Ocean/Hydro - The Marine Energy sector focuses on capturing energy from ocean waves, tides and currents. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion takes advantage of the temperature extremes between the surface and the depths of tropical oceans, creating an action akin to a slow motion natural heat pump. Hydro Energy, which captures the energy in the flowing movement of rivers, is usually thought of separately from Marine Energy. Water mills are a very old form of Hydro Energy, today we are more used to seeing dams converting water flow into electricity.

Solar - Solar energy does not require any fuel and does not pollute the air, from small solar calculators up to utility-sized solar farms. Similar technologies for generating power from the sun are used regardless of the size of the installation, but we have chosen to address small-scale and large-scale separately since the nature of the companies and jobs are likely to differ for residential projects as opposed to commercial or utility-scale operations.

Waste-to-Energy - Waste-to-Energy is a renewable energy industry that is already established with 87 waste-to-energy facilities that burn organic and manufactured waste in carefully designed boilers that incorporate modern pollution control equipment to scrub the emissions from the burn and precise heat conditions to ensure that all waste matter is completely combusted. For each ton of municipal solid waste combusted, 500-600 kWh of electricity are produced. The electricity can be added to the grid while the steam produced can be used to heat buildings. These plants currently process only 8 percent of the waste produced in the United States each year, which means this industry has ample room to expand. Keep in mind; this is not like burning garbage in your back yard. Although this technology has a ways to go from a political point of view, it has been perfected technically over the last forty years. Many experts believe it is a viable solution to minimizing the impact on landfills while creating energy that removes more carbon emissions than it emits. Watch to see how this industry fares politically.

Wind - Another source of renewable energy is wind. Whether the wind is blowing over the plains, along the coastlines, or through urban areas, it can be tapped with the appropriate wind turbine.

Energy Storage - The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, call for systems to store energy, usually in the form of electricity, to heat and cool areas. Being able to store energy during off-peak hours and release it during peak demand will go a long way toward making these renewable energy sources economically viable. Another use for reliable and affordable energy storage is in remote locations when distributed energy systems are used to replace or supplement the traditional centralized systems. In these cases the energy is produced quite near the location where it will be used, and is released as needed. Energy storage technology makes it possible for energy to be generated during the less expensive times of low demand, and added to the grid when the demand is high or when additional capacity is called for.

Information Technology

Computer systems throughout the world consume tremendous amounts of power to run and to keep cool. As a result finding ways to run data centers and computer equipment in the most energy efficient manner is an important step toward sustainability. The materials used to manufacture computer equipment is also gaining attention. The entire supply chain is being reexamined to determine more sustainable practices for designing, manufacturing and disposing of computer equipment. See Chapter 10 of Green Careers For Dummies for more information about this industry.

Green IT - Green Computing is the reduced use of power consumption by computers and related machines and the proper disposal of electronic devices when its life cycle is over. It is a complex and still evolving area. The most prevalent areas being addressed in the business world today are power utilization, energy efficiency, materials and product design, supply chain, and life cycle concerns, including hazardous waste issues and electronic waste recycling.
Smart Grid - If you are interested in using your technical skills on the Smart Grid, be sure to explore the Smart Grid Sector as well.

Green Building 

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their use of energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal--the complete building life cycle. See Chapter 10 of Green Careers For Dummies for more information about this industry sector.

Green Building - Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their usage of energy, water, and materials while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal--the complete building life cycle.

Building Performance - Energy Efficiency - Energy Efficiency refers to using more efficient technology, building materials, appliances, and processes to use less energy, while providing the same or better performance. Although this trend is building in the residential market, don’t discount commercial, industrial, or governmental applications as well.

Green Real Estate - Green Real Estate is an area that covers Commercial, Industrial, Retail and Residential Real Estate. At one end of the spectrum it might simply be a company that seeks to educate clients about sustainable housing. Or it might be a brokerage that only lists properties that are LEED compliant.

Green Interior Design - Interior Design is a multifaceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built-in environment. Green Interior Design goes beyond being just efficient, attractive, on time and on budget. It is a design that cares about how such goals are achieved, and about its impact on people and the environment.

Transportation

Sustainable Transportation Careers involve transporting people, raw materials, products, and packages is big business. Although door to door, personal transportation vehicles and deliveries are convenient, this industry also claims one of the largest carbon footprints. Finding alternative ways to transport people and things is one of the biggest challenges of the new economy. See Chapter 10 of Green Careers For Dummies for more information about this sector.

Alternative Transportation - Alternative Transportation addresses the various ways of transporting oneself from point A to point B with the minimal use of vehicles that are propelled by fossil fuel-powered combustion engines.

Electric Vehicle Segment of Alternative Transportation - Concerns about global warming, energy dependency and the ever-escalating price of gasoline are the driving forces behind the growth of the electric vehicle market and its supporting industry sectors. The Department of Energy has invested $12 billion in advanced vehicle technologies. Many of the major auto manufacturers have developed new-generation electric vehicles and many independent electric vehicle manufacturers are also offering electric drive vehicles. There are three types of electric vehicles: hybrid electric, battery electric and fuel cell electric.

Supply/Distribution Logistics - To explore career opportunities in moving raw materials and finished products to their final destinations, see Manufacturing.

Manufacturing Cycle

Traditional manufacturing involves a linear process model – inputs to outputs, also known as Cradle to Grave. Green manufacturing’s process model is more circular where parts from outdated or broken models are reused/recycled becoming inputs – popularly known as Cradle to Cradle. Products include both green and traditional goods as long as they are manufactured sustainably. See Chapter 10 of Green Careers For Dummies for additional information about this sector.

Material Science - Materials Sciences, also described as Materials Sciences & Engineering, is the study of the properties and performance of different materials. These studies have a broad range of applications in industry, including designing new materials specifically tailored to innovative products and manufacturing processes, testing and improving existing ones, analyzing cost-benefits in the materials’ production, and determining weaknesses or causes of failure in a given application.

Industrial Ecology- Industrial Ecology offers insight into how we can use natural ecosystems as models for improving our design of industries, processes, products and services, including materials procurement, production, delivery, usage and disposal.

Green Manufacturing - Green manufacturing is a method of production that reduces waste and pollution. These goals are addressed through product and process design, including scrutiny of the materials, components and systems that will be used for the product’s manufacture. The objective is a product that, during its entire life cycle, will damage the environment as little as possible, will not be harmful to the people using it or the employees involved in its production, will not,during manufacture or usage consume more energy and natural resources than necessary, and, whenever possible, is biologically degradable or can be reused.

Supply/Distribution Logistics - A significant aspect of Manufacturing is Supply Chain Management. This means assessing how raw and processed materials and components are delivered to the manufacturing facility, and how the end product is delivered to the consumer. Whether charged with moving goods by road, rail, water and air, the logistics specialists must focus on maximizing efficiency and effectiveness of the transport while minimizing energy use, environmental impact, and cost.

Recycling/Waste Management - The Waste industry is multifaceted, including solid, waste, hazardous waste, recycling, and resource recovery.

Printing and Publishing - (also see: Green Media) If you are interested in the publishing or printing industries, familiarize yourself with the relevant issues in this industry profile. Green Printing and Publishing actually covers several industry sectors; Newspaper Publishers, Book Publishers, Book Sellers, Printers, and Paper/Pulp Manufacturers. Careers associated with these industry sectors will be the same careers as in non-green companies. The difference is in the measures the companies take to reduce their environmental impact on endangered forests, climate change, and people being displaced by destruction of the forests they live/work in/near.

Natural Personal Care/Cleaning Products - The Natural Personal Care and Cleaning industry consists of an array of eco-friendly and non-toxic personal care products used for personal hygiene, health, and cleaning. It includes products such as deodorant, toothpaste, face wash, moisturizer, shampoo, cosmetics, soap, supplements, and nail care. Due to the quest of consumers to live a more sustainable and organic lifestyle, there is a growing demand for healthier and safer personal care products. Sales of personal care products labeled natural, organic or certified organic are expected to grow more than 50% to over $10 billion over the next five years.

Food and Beverage - (also see: Services and Experiences) Similar to materials science, but focused on products meant for human consumption and nutrition.
Possible Titles: food scientist

Services and Experiences

Another sector of the green economy involved providing green services or experiences, often with green/organic/sustainable products. You can think of providing these services to consumers or businesses. See Chapter 13 of Green Careers For Dummies for additional information about these industries.

Green Hospitality - Green Hospitality has several components including green lodging, green meeting and event planning, and green restaurants. In many cases, the careers associated with these three industries tend to be the same careers that exist in the non-green companies. The difference is that you work for a company that is committed to green, sustainable principles and actions throughout their enterprise.

Eco-tourism - Eco-tourism is an umbrella term for responsible travel to natural areas that strives to minimize the impact upon the environment and benefit the local communities.

Educating, Inspiring, Motivating and Persuading

Another key role for people who want to stimulate interest and increase greener actions is to education, inspire, motivate and persuade people to change their ways. Check out these industries to discover if one of these areas interests you. See Chapter 12 of Green Careers For Dummies for additional information about these industries.

Environmental Education - Environmental educators serve to educate the public about a variety of important topics and work in many settings.
Possible job titles: College professor, Outdoor Educator, H.S. Science Teacher, Curriculum Developer, Camp Counselor, Environmental Health Educator

Green Media - The media sector is also going green in a couple of areas including Print Media, Broadcasting, Electronic Media, and Graphical Media. If any of these interest you, you may also wish to spend some time studying the Publishing Industry material on this website. Possible job titles: Environmental Journalist, Blogger, Documentary Filmmaker, Instructional Designer, Web Content Developer, Social Media

Eco-Psychology - a field of study that focuses on the interconnectedness between mental health and the connection to nature.

Sustainability Management and Consulting - Sustainability Management and Sustainability Consulting address the challenges companies and organizations face as they assess their impact on the environment and community, and implement strategies and initiatives to improve their sustainability status.

Shaping the Economy

One of the most important roles within the evolving green economy is proactively shaping the policies, form, and direction. Those in finance, law, policy, and advocacy are needed to give structure to the new economy. See Chapter 11 of Green Careers For Dummies for additional information about these industries.

Green/Socially Responsible Finance Sector - Green Finances consists of several components. Green banks for creative financing options, green business brokers, socially responsible investing and asset management, green insurance, and venture capitalists.

Environmental Law - Environmental Law (and Ecology Law) addresses the complex, interrelated body of statutes, common law, treaties, conventions, regulations and policies affecting the environment. The topics addressed by people in environmental law is wide from natural resources and land to building and waste.

Green Policy and Direction - Green Policy and Direction actually covers several paths: Advocacy, Activism, Regulations, Legislation, and Lobbying. These terms often overlap, so that lobbying is included when speaking of activism, advocacy frequently covers lobbying and activism, and so on. Explore where you want to make an impact.

Fair Trade - Fair trade is a structured, well organized, growing social movement that uses market based solutions to promote, support and protect producers of goods and services in developing countries around the world. Fair trade seeks to find ways for producers to become more self-sustainable and to green their business practices.

Functions (that Cross Sectors / Industries)

There are several functions that appear in a number of green sectors and industries.

Designing - People with a background in design can apply their creative talents in a number of arenas from product design and systems design to architecture and interior design.

Engineering - People with an engineering background can work in a variety of sectors and industries. 

Environmental - People with a background in environmental sciences may find opportunities in various sectors and industries. 

Planning - As our built world evolves to become more sustainable and environmentally responsible, planning is necessary. People with this training have several employment options throughout the green sectors and industries.

Gain Experience

CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS

Outdoor Emory

Environmental Alliance

ECAST

Campus Kitchens Project

Office of Sustainability Initiatives

Pawsitive Outreach

Volunteer Emory - weekly service trips include service projects at places like Trees Atlanta and Gaia Gardens

Emory Educational Gardens

Office of Sustainability Initiatives

Emory Committee on the Environment

Rock Climbing Team

Residence Hall Association Sustainability Initiative

Greeks Go Green

Global HEED

Global Water Brigade

Bike Emory

Emory Slow Food

Emory Waterhub

Revitalize the Emory Forest

INTERNSHIPS

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & ADVOCACY

  • Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) - (*As of July 2017, this office was still active and functioning) The White House's group tasked with promoting the health of the country, promoting clean energy, and protecting natural systems. They currently are seeking to curb carbon pollution. The offer 3 internships each year, application are usually accepted.
  • Environmental Defense Fund -Our mission is to preserve the natural systems on which life depends, through sound science and economics. We accept undergraduate, recent graduate, and graduate students for internships in a variety of positions; policy, science, and general studies.
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center - Dedicated to protecting the Midwest's Environment and Natural Heritage. They are headquartered in downtown Chicago and accept students year round in science and policy, as well as legal students during the summer.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) - EPA hires a mix of paid and unpaid (volunteer) college interns for administrative/clerical positions as well as technical positions in areas such as life sciences, program or policy analysis, and engineering. These can be found in conjunction with the U.S. Government’s Student Pathways program.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Government agency tasked with understanding weather, and changes to the ocean and earth, as well as protecting marine resources.
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
  • Pathways Program for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers - Find out about federal government internships for current students and jobs for recent graduates.
  • Sierra Club - Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with three million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
  • U.S. Green Building Council - The S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a private non-profit organization, comprised of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters, and student volunteers, that promotes sustainability in the design, construction and operation of buildings. Internships are available in a wide variety of topics, including policy and design. Most positions are in Washington, D.C.
  • The Washington Center (TWC) - The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, non-profit organization allowing students worldwide the chance to work in Washington, D.C. in order to foster academic and professional achievement, leadership, and civic engagement.

FARMING & SUSTAINABLE FOOD

  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

GREEN BUILDING

  • U.S. Green Building Council - The S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a private non-profit organization, comprised of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters, and student volunteers that promotes sustainability in the design, construction and operation of buildings. Internships are available in a wide variety of topics, including policy and design. Most positions are in Washington, D.C.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

  • Captain Planet Foundation
  • Camp Scene - Decatur
  • Roots and Shoots

PARKS, RECREATION & ECOTOURISM

  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Atlanta Beltline Project
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center
  • National Park Service (NPS) - Works to preserve history and maintain National Parks for the public. NPS has a program for immersing students in Environmental Science. More information about Mosaics in Science may be found here. Applications are accepted Dec 1-Feb 1 for the following summer.

LAND MANAGEMENT & CONSERVATION

  • Fernbank Museum - projects in Fernbank Forest with invasive spaces, botanical studies, and others.
  • Mosaics In Science Program – National Park Service - The long-term goal of the program is to develop the talents of its participants and hire the best and brightest into careers with the National Park Service, helping to support a diverse workforce that more accurately reflects the diversity of the United States. The Mosaics in Science program established in 2013 provides short-term volunteer positions focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) inventory and monitoring, conservation, and management, research, and education and outreach projects in National Park Service units across the Unites States.
  • National Park Service (NPS) - Works to preserve history and maintain National Parks for the public. NPS has a program for immersing students in Environmental Science. More information about Mosaics in Science may be found here. Applications are accepted Dec 1-Feb 1 for the following summer.
  • U.S. Geological Service (USGS) - Has sites across the country dedicated to studying the Earth, minimizing loss and damage to life by natural disasters, and managing our natural resources. They have a number of resources for finding internships, paid employment, and volunteering in the field of Environmental Science

RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • Advanced Energy Industries (AEI) - A leader in technology for numerous green technology items such as solar cells. AEI offers internship programs all year at the home base in Colorado and at their other worldwide sites.
  • Eos Energy Storage - Helps produce cost effective energy storage solutions that are less expensive than other technologies. They offer internships in business development, though opportunities may change. An interest and understanding of clean technology is critical for working for them. Posts internships and offers profiles and testimonials from past collegiate interns.
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) - An institute of the United States Department of Energy. It grants numerous internships and fellowships in Environmental fields.
  • United States Department of Energy (DOE) - Government agency tasked with ensuring a prosperous future for the country while utilizing transformative science and technology in meeting our energy needs. A variety of internships are available, most of which are available during the summer.
  • National Research Energy Laboratory (NERL) - The National Research Energy Laboratory (NERL) is a laboratory of the DOE focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. Internship positions are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Positions are available both during the school year and in the summer.
  • Tesla Motors - Considered a leader in alternative technology for vehicles. Just formed in 2003, they are already on the road in 37 countries and employ more than 6,000 people. Offers internships of 3, 6, 8, and 12 months for college students.
  • SIG Susquehanna - A global trading firm where workers use their own capital to trade financial products. SIG's Trading Internship Program offers college seniors a summer intern program to experience life as a trader with SIG. Energy is one of the commodities traded, so an interest in all energies is beneficial. Like other senior college programs, often recruiting is done from the internship.

BIODIVERSITY LOSS & SPECIES CONSERVATION

  • Ecological Society of America - A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to: 1) promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; 2) raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; 3) increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and, 4) ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers. The ESA Job Board contains a mixture of full-time jobs and summer research opportunities for undergraduates and is a great way to find out about year-round fieldwork opportunities.
  • The Sierra Club - Interns and employees of the Sierra Club live our motto of exploring, enjoying, and protecting the planet. The work is meaningful and the people are great. Whether you work in our Oakland, CA headquarters or are based in one of our nationwide Field, Chapter or legislative offices, your contributions will help us to achieve our mission.
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - Follows a mission of stopping the degradation to the planet Earth and learning to live more in harmony with nature. Internships are available worldwide.

Find Contacts, Make Connections

LinkedIn.com

  • Environmental Sciences Department LinkedIn Group - for current or former Environmental Sciences majors only. 

Emory Connects

EAA Affinity Group

Professional Associations

A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership- based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.

CLIMATE CHANGE        

  • Greenhouse Gas Management Institute Research Program - The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute’s Research Program conducts forward-looking independent research. Pairing the unique expert experience of its staff and faculty with the dynamism of its extensive practitioner network, the Institute’s Research Program provides insight on foundational areas of climate policy and the practice of environmental management. This program provides policy makers, industry leaders, and academics with forward-looking inquiry and analysis of GHG MRV and management challenges and solutions.
  • Greenhouse Gas Protocol - The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides standards, guidance, tools, and trainings for business and government leaders to quantify and manage GHG emissions and become more efficient, resilient, and prosperous.

CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY

  • WBCSD - WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than US$8.5 trillion and with 19 million employees. Our Global Network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver high-impact business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

BIODIVERSITY LOSS & SPECIES CONSERVATION

  • The Sierra Club - Boosts 2.4 million members and supporters as well as 64 chapters. They believe in exploring, enjoying, and preserving the outdoors and have helped pass the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
  • World Wildlife Fund - Follows a mission of stopping the degradation to the planet Earth and learning to live more in harmony with nature.
  • Ecological Society of America - A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to: 1) promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; 2) raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; 3) increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and, 4) ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers. The ESA Job Board contains a mixture of full-time jobs and summer research opportunities for undergraduates and is a great way to find out about year-round fieldwork opportunities.
  • Student Conservation Association(link is external)Conservation corps with mission of protecting and restoring national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces across the country. 

URBAN PLANNING

ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION & ECOTOURISM

RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) - An institute of the United States Department of Energy. It grants numerous internships and fellowships in Environmental fields.
  • Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship - The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is a 10-week summer research fellowship program for women and under-represented minority students who are pursuing academic majors in science, technology, engineering, and math.  The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy.
  • National Research Energy Laboratory (NERL) - The National Research Energy Laboratory (NERL) is a laboratory of the DOE focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. Internship positions are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Positions are available both during the school year and in the summer.

Faculty - Courses and Research Opportunities

EMORY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Climate Change - Dr. Eri Saikawa

Pollinator/Bee Research - Dr. Berry Brosi

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory - Dr. Berry Brosi

Vector Borne Illness, West Nile Research - Drs. Kitron, Vazquez-Prokopec

Georgia Seafood Project - Dr. Tracy Yandle

New Zealand Fisheries Research - Dr. Tracy Yandle

Phytochemistry Lab - Dr. Quave

Emory University Herbarium - 

OXFORD COLLEGE OF EMORY

Oxford Institute for Environmental Education

Further Reading

DIVERSITY RESOURCES

Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) - The Minority Educational Institution Partnership Program offers talented undergraduate and graduate students summer internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship - The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is a 10-week summer research fellowship program for women and under-represented minority students who are pursuing academic majors in science, technology, engineering, and math.  The Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy.

Sierra Club – Program for Equity, Inclusion and Justice - In 2014 the Sierra Club Board of Directors adopted its first multi-year organizational plan, designed to transform the Sierra Club into a more equitable, just and inclusive organization. By centering key principles of equity, justice and inclusion in every aspect of its work, The Sierra Club aims to transform its staff and build a healthy, welcoming and sustainable community that celebrates people from all walks of life.

Green Latinos - is a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond. GreenLatinos develops and advocates for policies and programs to advance this mission.

Hecho - Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors. A group for Latinos who value our nation’s public lands.  We work to protect healthy watersheds, clean air, and robust wildlife habitats so that we can continue to enjoy and practice centuries-old cultural traditions that depend on these open spaces. From southwestern deserts to northern forestland, Latinos throughout America have a strong connection to our nation's diverse landscapes. We urge our elected and appointed officials to safeguard our precious public lands, so that our children can enjoy fishing, hiking, hunting, camping and other outdoor activities for generations to come.