Creating a network of sustainability

Are you part of a business, nonprofit, or local government that would like to advance climate, sustainability, and resilience within your organization? Apply to host a McKinney Climate Fellow!

The application period for hosting a 2024 climate fellow is now closed. Check back here in Fall 2024 to learn more about the 2025 MCF program.

Building Indiana’s sustainability workforce capacity

Partner Commitment

  • Supervise and mentor climate fellow during 10- to 12-week externship
  • Draft fellow position description (with ERI support)
  • Provide financial support for programming and student scholarships
  • Participate in a host site visit with ERI staff
  • Identify or provide local housing for fellow


Partner Benefit

  • Receive a skilled and motivated undergraduate or graduate student to work full-time for 400 hours over a 10-12 week period in summer, or part-time for 200 hours per semester in fall/spring
  • ERI staff recruit, vet, and hire students on your behalf
  • Access to ERI and the McKinney Midwest Climate Project programming, including webinars, trainings, and peer learning

Support the next generation of climate leaders

A grant from the McKinney Family Foundation underwrites a portion of the costs associated with the McKinney Climate Fellows, however, many more opportunities exist to maximize the project’s potential.

Learn more about how to support MCF

Past host organizations

Nearly 100 business, local government, and nonprofit organizations in Indiana have hosted McKinney Climate Fellows during the program's history. See the list:

August Mack Environmental

Barnes and Thornburg


Fischer Farms

Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute

Great Dane


Indiana Furniture

Indianapolis Motor Speedway



Pacers Sports & Entertainment

PSG Energy Group


Waste Management

Whole Sun Designs

City of Bloomington

City of Carmel

City of Columbus

City of Elkhart

City of Evansville

City of Fishers

City of Fort Wayne

City of Gary

City of Goshen

City of Huntingburg

City of Huntington

City of Indianapolis

City of Jasper

City of Kokomo

City of La Porte

City of Lafayette

City of Logansport

City of Merrillville

City of Michigan City

City of New Albany

City of New Castle

City of Richmond

City of South Bend

City of Terre Haute

Delaware-Muncie Metropolitan Planning Commission

Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization

Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency

Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District

Michigan City

Monroe County

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commissions

NSA Crane

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments

River Hills Economic Development District

Town of Culver

Town of Zionsville

U.S. Green Building Council Indiana

Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Bertrand Farm

Bloomington Food Policy Council

CDFI Bloomington

Center for Sustainable Living

Citizens Action Coalition

Conservation Law Center

Cope Environmental Center

Deaconess Hospital

Earth Charter Indiana

Environmental Law and Policy Center

Environmental Resilience Institute

Girl’s Inc. of Monroe County

Great Lakes Research & Education Center

Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition

Growing Places Indy

Habitat for Humanity Clark and Floyd Indiana

Hoosier Environmental Council

Hoosier Interfaith Light and Power

Indiana Forest Alliance

Indiana Land Protection Alliance

Indiana Nature

Indiana Recycling Coalition

Indiana Sports Corp

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Indianapolis Airport Authority

Indianapolis Art Center

Indianapolis City Market

IU Health

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Kheprw Institute

Lost River Market


PACE Community Action Agency

People for Urban Progress

Prosperity Indiana

RATIO Design

Rethink 65-70 Coalition

Rethink Inc.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter

Solar United Neighbors

Sycamore Land Trust

The Patachou Foundation

The STEM Connection

Thrive Michiana

Uplands PEAK Sanctuary

Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development