Words by Tess Becker
Finding new ways to help the planet is imperative for slowing or even stopping climate change. Now, Rutgers and the NJ Board of Public Utilities are offering scientists the opportunity to work on clean energy technology and policy.
The Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship at Rutgers University–New Brunswick announced a partnership with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to create a Climate Action Track for Eagleton Science Fellows. This is going to offer Ph.D.-level scientists, engineers, and healthcare professionals placement as in-house science aides in state government offices to help develop and implement science-based policies.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Eagleton on this very important initiative,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso.
“Not only does the Climate Fellows Program provide scientists and engineers with professional development opportunities in the clean energy sector, but the program also provides NJBPU with STEM-trained professionals with the right skillsets to help us put in place the important initiatives we are working on to mitigate the impact of climate change.”
This fast track will work alongside New Jersey Governor Murphy’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2035.
“At Rutgers, we are connected by a commitment to the public good,” said Anna Dulencin, director of the Eagleton Science and Politics Program. . “The Climate Action Track is an opportunity to expand its impact and service to the State of New Jersey as it relates to climate action.”
“Collaborations such as these are critical to accelerating climate action in New Jersey,” said Angela Oberg, associate director of the Rutgers Office of Climate Action.