The Yale Office of Sustainability is seeking part-time student positions. See below for more details.

Yale Community Carbon Fund Research Assistant

Yale Community Carbon Fund Research Assistant

The Yale Community Carbon Fund Research Assistant will assist with the operations of the Yale Community Carbon Fund (YCCF). The YCCF, launched in 2008, supports local carbon mitigation initiatives that go beyond Yale’s immediate campus, including energy efficiency installations in low-income homes and local non-profits that both reduce carbon emissions and save low-income residents of New Haven money spent on energy bills. The YCCF also plays a central role in developing the strategic direction for low-income residential energy efficiency programs in the city, including conducting related research and providing policy recommendations to the city and the state.

The Research Assistant will assist the YCCF coordinator with the following research projects:

  • A collaborative study with DEEP into health and safety barriers to residential energy efficiencyA
  • Analysis of Home Energy Solutions program outreach data to assess how far the program has equitable coverage based on geography, income and housing type
  • Overseeing a possible study by the Yale Environmental Law clinic into low-income rental energy efficiency

Other ongoing YCCF activities that the RA may be involved in include:

  • Establishing ‘Energy Works New Haven’, a project aiming to increase residential energy efficiency, particularly of low-income groups, and in so-doing develop local jobs
  • Establishing mechanisms for the Yale community to contribute financially to locally based carbon mitigation projects

The ideal candidate will have the following skill-set: Must be a self-starter and independent worker capable of working with both internal (Yale University) and external (New Haven community and State level policy makers) parties; Excellent research, organizational, writing and communication skills; Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheets. Knowledge of GIS technology will be an advantage. Prefer somebody with interest and/or experience in the areas of energy efficiency and/or low-income housing. Must be willing to commit to the position for the fall semester of the 2014 academic school year, working approximately 6-10 hours a week in the Yale Office of Sustainability.

Applicants should submit a resume and brief cover letter to