Back to Fellows Map

Maya Whalen-Kipp • Washington, DC

Opportunity Pathways for a Diversified Next Generation of the Clean-tech Workforce

Project Description

The average college environmentalist is not thinking about jobs in start-ups, business accelerators, or climate tech solutions when advocating for climate action and well-rounded sustainability jobs. Yet, there is a huge need for entry-level people in these spaces. The issue is that the language often used between college-level environmentalists and start-up communities is not mutually shared. By utilizing my own extended network I plan to conduct informational interviews with climate tech start-ups and clean energy organizations to (1) understand their business model and entry-level opportunities (2) consult with them in collaboration to create spaces for young people to serve as an asset, previously untapped.

Project Goals

The goal of this project is to demystify climate-solving jobs for young people. The end product will be an in-depth user-friendly inventory of opportunities as well as educational resources, with a focus on climate tech start-ups and the innovation space that can be shared wildly to broaden the vision of what it is to be a professional in this field.

If you are interested in contacting this Fellow, please email Gail Parson, Director of Membership & Engagement, at

Back to Fellows Map

Take Action - Sign Up for Email Updates

Press Releases - Our Latest Press Releases


Report: Energy efficiency remains energy industry’s largest workforce, employing 2.2 million Americans

New analysis unveils state and county level employment data; 99 percent of U.S. counties are home to energy efficiency workers WASHINGTON — Nearly 2.2 million Americans now work in energy efficiency —more than any other sector of the U.S. energy industry, ...



E2: Over 125 Business Leaders Call on Mayor Lightfoot to Act on Building Decarbonization

Over 125 business leaders call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to act on electrifying and decarbonizing Chicago’s buildings, in a letter to be delivered to the Mayor this afternoon by business groups E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and Illinois Green Alliance. E2 ...



E2: USPS Finally Delivers on Clean Vehicles

WASHINGTON – In a welcome about-face, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced that it plans to significantly increase its purchases of electric delivery vehicles and move towards creating one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in the nation. Boosted by...


Donate Today