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2009 Sustainability Fellows, from left to right, Brooks Rainey-Pearson, Dale Hammer, Amanda Campbell, Elizabeth Leidel, and Teddy Salgado


Call for Applicants: Institute Seeks Candidates for 2010 Sustainability Fellowships

The Institute for Sustainable Development is seeking qualified applicants for its 2010 Sustainability Fellowship program. Fellowships pay a competitive stipend and will run for eight weeks during the summer of 2010. The Institute will select at least eight Fellows and perhaps more depending on the quality of the applicant pool. At least one (1) Sustainability Fellow will be a student of Accounting from a certified U.S. accountancy program. Other Fellows may come from any field.

“We’re looking forward to working with a new cohort of sustainability leaders, and our small business and non-profit partners in the field are even more excited,” said Chris Carmody, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development.

A core part of the Institute’s mission is to foster a new cohort of sustainability leaders – across disciplines and generations. Through these fellowships, the Institute seeks to help smaller enterprises and their communities in the U.S. and Canada utilize sustainability to improve their economic conditions and quality of life, and to provide a laboratory for leaders from different disciplines to learn about the triple bottom line from one another. In 2009, the Institute Sustainability Fellows cohort included graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of business, environmental studies, law, planning and politics.

Who May Apply

While preference may be given to current students and graduates of participating academic institutions (Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), the Institute’s Summer Sustainability Fellowships are open to anyone legally qualified to work in the United States. Most prior Fellows have been graduate or undergraduate students, but the Institute may also accept non-student applicants it feels can make an exceptional contribution to the program.  The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation or sexual identity.

American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) Fellow

The Institute will select at least one current student of Accounting from an accredited U.S. college or university, stipend to be underwritten by the AICPA. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the national, professional organization for all Certified Public Accountants. Its mission is to provide members with the resources, information, and leadership that enable them to provide valuable services in the highest professional manner to benefit the public as well as employers and clients.

Scope of Work

Sustainability Fellows work collaboratively as a coordinated team to provide services to a growing network of small businesses and non-profits interested in understanding and implementing triple-bottom line sustainability strategies into their organizations and communities.  In addition to active engagement in the ongoing operations of the Institute, each Fellow will develop one summer-long research project in line with both the Institute’s needs and the particular interests and expertise of the individual fellow.

Accepted Fellows will participate in a special training at the start of the summer to prepare them with the skills necessary to offer coaching, consulting and other services to the diverse client base of the Institute’s Green Plus program.

“Before working at the institute I understood fundamentally that there is a business case for sustainability,” said 2009 Fellow Teddy Salgado, a MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. “Being a Sustainability Fellow was particularly rewarding, though, because not only did I get to see first-hand how businesses were using those principles to create a competitive advantage, I also helped an entrepreneurial organization grow,” Salgado concluded.

  • 2009 Fellows worked with smaller enterprises from a variety of sectors including local retail, professional offices, service and non-profit organizations.

Individual projects included

  • Writing articles for national business publications
  • Researching Best Practices for the Institute in auditing certified companies
  • Developing profiles and case studies of small businesses participating in Green Plus.
  • Creating Special Features for the Green Plus online platform

Group projects included

  • Developing content for the Green Plus Sustainability How To Guide-an educational guide for small businesses to learn best practices in the areas of People, Planet and Performance.
  • Updating, evaluating, and testing the Green Plus diagnostic survey with a portfolio of small businesses
  • Contributing regular posts to the Green Plus News/Blog on sustainability issues relevant to the small business audience

“The Fellowship provides a unique environment where students from many fields, all of whom are passionate about sustainability, work together,” said 2009 Fellow Brooks Rainey Pearson, a joint Law and City Planning graduate student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The experiences afforded and the friendships created in that setting will serve me well as I embark on my career,” Rainey Pearson concluded.

Application Deadlines & Questions

Applicants should submit a cover letter of one page or less describing their interest and qualifications for helping smaller enterprises with triple bottom line sustainability issues and their CV as a Word Document or PDF to Jobs@gogreenplus.org no later than midnight, February 28, 2010. The Institute will conduct interviews by phone or in person during March and notify candidates by April 1. Applicants with any questions should pose them in writing to Jobs@gogreenplus.org.

Attached Funding

While the Institute pays stipends for its Summer Sustainability Fellowships, it is a non-profit organization. Exceptional candidates who come with outside sources of funding are also welcome, though outside funding does not qualify or disqualify an applicant.

Mission & History

The mission of the Institute for Sustainable Development is to democratize triple bottom line sustainability by making it accessible to smaller employers and their communities, fostering a new generation of sustainability leaders, and developing a common understanding of sustainability principles across cultures.

The non-profit was founded in the North Carolina Research Triangle in 2007 by a unique partnership of academic, business and philanthropic leaders. Early partners included Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Greater Durham Chambers of Commerce, and the Fenwick Foundation.

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