On Earth Day this year, E2 launched an exciting new fellowship to build business voices and support for sound policies that benefit the environment and the economy. The 1 Hotels Fellowship at E2 is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Barry Sternlicht, the Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group and founder of 1 Hotels, a new mission-driven hotel brand built around sustainability.

The Fellowship will award $25,000 to each of ten early- and mid-career professionals to create and design programs that advance smart environmental and clean energy policies. Examples include organizing events that bring lawmakers and businesspeople together on state or federal clean energy issues; social media campaigns designed to amplify business voices in support of smart clean energy and environmental policies; research studies on the economic benefits of clean air, clean water or clean energy standards. To be considered, project ideas must cross the intersection of the economy, the environment and public policy.

Winning fellows will also be awarded membership into E2’s Emerging Leaders program and will be connected to their local E2 chapter and have access to all the benefits of E2 membership.

We can still use your help to get the word out about the program. Applications are due August 1, 2017. You can find out more about the program at www.e2.org/fellowship or contact fellowship@e2.org. You can also learn more about E2’s Emerging Leaders program at www.e2.org/emergingleaders/.

Photo: Barry Sternlicht,1 Hotels Founder, and Rhea Suh, NRDC President, announce the launch of the 1 Hotels Fellowship at E2 at a panel discussion on sustainability and activism at an Earth Day Celebration. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 1 Hotels)