ALBANY (WENY) – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $6 million is now available for Climate Justice Fellowships.
The funding will specifically support 150 fellowships over the course of three years, focusing on those currently living in historically disadvantaged communities or from priority populations. These groups include low-income, disabled, homeless, formerly incarcerated, residents of environmental justice communities, veterans and Native Americans, among others.
“These fellowships demonstrate how New York is working to foster new and creative ways to support climate justice and clean energy training for individuals in disadvantaged communities while stimulating rewarding career paths for future generations of New Yorkers,” Gov. Hochul said. “This funding will give New Yorkers from underrepresented backgrounds a fresh opportunity to participate in our economy. It’s critical that we focus on creating an inclusive green energy marketplace by capturing the ideas, talent, and expertise of New Yorkers as we work to achieve the state’s ambitious climate goals.”
The announcement helps support New York state’s commitment to ensure an equitable clean energy transition for all New Yorkers, the main priority of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s main priority.
It also comes in advance of New York’s upcoming celebration of climate week from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will administer the program. Applications for host employers to support the professional development, training and mentoring of full-time fellows can be found here.