Summer Projects to Build the Green Economy

Building off of Power Shift 2011, the partners and allies of the Energy Action Coalition are launching initatives to empower young people to help build the clean energy economy this summer. Across the country there will be a variety of opportunities, from full-time fellowships to week-long summer training.

Below are a number of youth-led summer clean energy projects happening across the country. Check out their websites for more information!


Grassroots Fundraising Toolkit for Summer Projects

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DC Project Fellowship - Washington DC

The purpose of the fellowship is to develop leaders that work to create places of equal opportunity and environmental balance and to bring perspective to The DC Project from outstanding thinkers with a broad range of skills. The convergence within The DC Project of workforce development, policy work, the development of the nascent residential energy efficiency industry, and innovation in data and new media driven community organizing puts the organization in a unique position to serve as an intermediary organizing stakeholders around the vision of equitable green job creation. To complement their specific department projects, fellows will be exposed to all of these diverse components of The DC Project.

The DC Project is committed to offering Fellows leadership and professional development; in addition to receiving feedback from staff on their work, Fellows will participate in brown bag lunch conversations with leading thinkers in the field (past speakers include Van Jones and Robert Egger), and will be exposed to events with high-impact networking opportunities. Fellowship positions with The DC Project are unpaid. Fellows are expected to work 35-40 hours per week, with occasional work on weekends and evenings. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible with a preference for a June 1 or June 15 start date and a commitment of 2.5 months. Applicants should send submit their resume, cover letter, and two or three references to [email protected] For details check:

Georgia No Coal Summer Program - Southern Energy Network - Georgia

The No Coal Summer Program is an intensive residential program that allows student and youth organizers to interact directly with members of a local electrical cooperative, educating them around coal plant proposals, supporting members in building community groups, and ultimately organizing a large public event pressuring Board Members of the Co-Op to withdraw their support for the proposed plants. Program organizers will have the opportunity to live and work together in the No Coal house in Atlanta/Macon, GA, allowing creativity and strategic thinking to flourish. Summer 2011 will be critical in the fight against coal in Georgia. Fellows and interns will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stop new dirty coal plants in Georgia by dedicating a summer to grassroots organizing. Join us! Apply today at

Green Economy Leadership Training - Global Exchange - Detroit, MI

(see the Detroit program of the Summer of Solutions below)

Summer Organizing Institute - Responsible Endowment Coalition - New York City

Summer of Solutions - Grand Aspirations - 15 locations nationwide

The Summer of Solutions is a nationwide network of summer programs focused on training young people as community innovators working in close partnership with local groups to build a green economy. Summer of Solutions programs are free, 2-month summer programs that generate a range of green economy solutions including energy efficiency, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, transit and smart design, green industry, and community organizing projects. Each program is strongly tailored to local context and focus and all guided by common principles of “solutionary” work - both volunteer and full-time participants (who are eligible for need-based financial support). The program is hosted by Grand Aspirations in partnership with other national and local organizations. The programs use a coordinated application process that allows you to apply for multiple programs using a common application process and timeline.

To learn about each of the 14 programs, check out the links below:

New England Climate Summer - Distributed (Moving) Sites across New England

New England Climate Summer is a powerful two month internship experience for students to learn and practice effective community organizing skills while working to build the movement to address the climate crisis. Climate Summer participants put their values into action by traveling exclusively by bicyclethroughout the summer, as they connect with community leaders that are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Riders bring with them a movement-building perspective and ethos, empowering those they meet and helping to highlight the important work of local organizations with the local press as well as in the 2011 State of the Movement Report, which will catalogue the efforts of groups in all the communities the various teams visit. During intensive training, interns learn community organizing skills from climate movement leaders as well as the nuts and bolts of things like working with media, bike repair, etc.

All Climate Summer participants will receive complementary housing and food during the entirety of the program. We will work with students on an individual basis to arrange for internship credit at your school. For a “day in the life” of a Climate Summer team, browse our blog. Questions may be sent to [email protected]

Climate Summer is a program of Better Future Project, a new organization focused on helping people envision and build a future free from the burning of fossil fuels. Better Future Project is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., as part of their Citizen Action Program. OSI is a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information on Better Future Project, please visit