2021 PSEG ISS Green Teams Program: Corporate/Agency Application
Thank you for your interest in the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies (PSEG ISS) Green Teams Program. PSEG ISS Green Teams are transdisciplinary teams of students who serve corporations, organizations, non-profits, municipalities, and community groups to address substantial sustainability issues. The PSEG ISS Green Teams Program is a multi-institutional internship program targeted to upper-level undergraduates (exceptional rising sophomores may also be considered) from any discipline who are interested in Sustainability. Teams of 5 students are constructed from the pool of exceptional applicants coming from many different disciplines and multiple institutions, and whose backgrounds match those required to achieve deliverables requested by corporations and organizations. To ensure students are well-positioned to produce high quality deliverables, PSEG ISS provides trainings throughout the course of the program in core Sustainability subjects, hands-on experience with Sustainability skills, and guidance in professional development.
The program runs from June 1– August 5, 2021. To better understand your needs and requirements please complete the following application below. We are available to discuss your ideas and answer questions throughout the application process. We will be in touch shortly after you complete your application to discuss your needs in greater detail. Feel free to check previous projects Green Teams completed for other organizations as you fill out the application -
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First Name of Main Company Contact
Last Name of Main Company Contact
Email of Main Company Contact
Phone Number of Main Company Contact
In regard to the modality of the Green Teams Program, which of the following formats would you prefer to operate in?
A decision has not yet been made as to how the Green Teams will operate during the summer of 2021. We will be following the guidance of The State of New Jersey. This question just stands as a means to gain some insight into individual comfort levels to help guide the decision the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies will implement within the State's guidelines.
An in-person format only
An online/virtual format only
A hybrid format (a combination of in-person and online/virtual)
I have no preference and I would be comfortable with all of the above options
What problems or questions would you like the undergraduate students to address for your company?
Carbon Footprint: Create or utilize carbon calculators, assess baseline carbon footprint, and develop additional strategies to reduce your carbon footprint
Climate Risk Assessment: Examine climate change trends and future scenarios, and research into the likelihood, consequence, frequency, and impact of each hazard type
Data Assurance: Ensure data consistency
Energy Audit: Quantification of energy use and proposed ways to increase energy efficiency
Return on Investment (ROI): Analyze costs and associated time to recover costs of proposed sustainability projects
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): Assess economic and environmental impact of a line of products
Environmental Assessment: Determine how your company is impacting the environment and ways to reduce it (contamination, waste, soils, water, vegetation, pollinators, avian populations, etc.)
Internal Communications and Infographics: Document best practices and recommended standard operating procedures for improving sustainability in the workplace (reduce water, energy, and waste, increase recycling, etc.)
Waste and Recycling: Examine current waste and recycling practices and make recommendations for change, to engage, and inform employees
Water Usage: Determine relative sources of water usage, quantify amounts, develop a plan for reduction of water use
Sustainability Reporting: Communicate sustainability issues to external stakeholders through sustainability reporting formats such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Carbon Footprint Registry (CFR), CDP, ISO, IRF, SASB, GRESB, ICLEI ClearPath, etc.
Employee Engagement: Propose initiatives and develop strategies to increase employee engagement with new and existing sustainability initiatives
Competitor Analysis: Complete a sustainability competitor analysis to identify areas of strengths and opportunities for improvement
Marketing and Branding: Develop strategies to market sustainable products and services
Supply Chain and Procurement: Create sustainable procurement criteria, an environmentally preferable purchasing plan, and strategies to help improve sustainability in the supply chain
Environmental Policy: Create an environmental policy statement for your company
Profitability: Learn how your company can infuse sustainability throughout to make real changes in the bottom line
Certification Applications: Assistance with the development of applications for certifications such as ISCC, EPEAT, Safer Choice, WELL, Green Seal, TRUE Zero Waste, WasteWise, New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry, LEED, etc.
Other: Specific topics not included above are also possible and we welcome a conversation with you to determine feasibility. If a topic was not included above please write a brief description below.
Please list any known potentially expected deliverables. Please separate with a comma or enter each on a new line.
What is your preferred meeting day/time to connect with team? Mondays and Thursdays are the teams' field trip and training days. The University is closed on Fridays and only in exceptional situations can students work Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays as many students have significant financial need and need to maintain their academic year jobs during the course of the internship by working on those days. Meetings will occur at the launch event in the first week, then beginning regularly from weeks 3-9 to provide time for training in week 2.
Tuesday morning or afternoon
Wednesday morning or afternoon
Either Tuesday or Wednesday morning or afternoon
A Green Team costs $50,000. Projects completed generally save organizations in excess of $250,000. Are you able to pay a portion of the cost for a Green Team? If so, please indicate an amount. We do have a limited number of grants available. We will also work with those not able to cover full costs to identify funding sources, particularly non-profit organizations and municipalities.
Is there any additional information that you would like to include?
Visit our Green Teams website for more information on the work of past Green Teams:
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