Decarbonizing the global economy requires a massive transformation of the energy sector with significant impacts on communities. Historically, major economic and social transitions often result in economic and demographic consequences and social and cultural impacts. The clean energy transition, if designed without incorporating justice and equity measures, risks similarity to past inequitable transitions, often with communities of color and low-income communities most severely impacted.
Justice, Equity and the Clean Energy Transition is a new, two year project by CATF that will investigate the impacts of the U.S. energy system – past, present and future – on communities of color and low-income communities, explore the symbiotic relationship between individual communities and the energy system, and identify how the clean energy transition can contribute to the health and economic vitality of communities.
WHO WE ARE:
Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. This is accomplished through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. With nearly 25 years of nationally and internationally recognized expertise on clean air policy and regulations and a fierce commitment to fully exploring all potential solutions, CATF is an environmental advocacy group with the bold ideas needed today to solve the climate crisis. CATF is headquartered in Boston, with staff working virtually around the US and abroad.
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Resident Senior Fellow
LOCATION: Flexible within the United States
The Intern will conduct research and analysis associated with Phase I which consists of four workstreams: (1) a literature review of ten to twenty articles, (2) developing a baseline of current policies and practices associated with siting and permitting energy infrastructure, (3) identification and presentation of case studies illustrating past and present challenges and opportunities associated with clean energy infrastructure deployment, and (4) analysis of the “power of language” issues associated with terms used to describe different energy impacts such as environmental justice, justice and equity, climate justice, and disadvantaged communities.
Intern may also provide support for activities associated with Phase I which may include workshops, conference calls, document management and other project-related responsibilities.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• Minimum 3 years of college; graduate student preferred.
• Relevant area of study preferred.
• Excellent research skills.
• Consistent follow-through, highly organized and committed to high-quality work.
• Excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal skills.
• Detail-oriented proofreader.
• Strong computer skills, including facility with the Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Teams.
• Passion for CATF’s mission.
COMPENSATION AND LOCATION:
This position can be part time (minimum 25 hours per week) or full time (40 hours/week). Compensation is $15/hour. The location for this position is flexible within the United States.
Email your resume, a brief cover letter that describes your interest and experience, and contact information for two to three academic and/or professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the position title in the subject line: Justice, Equity and the Clean Energy Transition Virtual Internship. Please do not include photos.
CATF is an equal opportunity employer.