Gladys Brangman

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2018

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Help reduce the environmental impacts of products and services as an Atkinson Center-Environmental Defense Fund intern working in the EDF+ Business group in either Washington, DC or Bentonville, AR.

EDF pioneered the NGO-corporate partnership model, and over the past 25 years has worked with leading companies to reduce the environmental impacts of products and services. EDF's mission is to transform the marketplace into one that thrives by valuing, protecting and improving the environment and human health. Our projects are designed to achieve significant environmental results, generate business benefits for our corporate partners, and create new industry-wide best practices. A key focus for us is the retail supply chain.
Consumer products are integral to our lives, providing comfort, efficiencies, nutrition, and entertainment. But they also have a large impact on the environment and our health. The manufacture and use of consumer goods account for 60% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and two-thirds of tropical deforestation globally. Consumer products are also a significant source of our exposure to toxic chemicals that have been linked to serious disorders and diseases such as cancer, infertility, asthma and even behavioral disorders like ADHD.
EDF has worked with major partner Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, achieve a 96% reduction in toxic chemicals in home and personal care products sold at its stores – equivalent to 24 million pounds. The team also helped pass the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency more power to stop toxic chemicals from entering the market and is the most significant environmental legislation in the United States in forty years. The Summer 2018 intern will receive a valuable career experience and have a unique opportunity to make lasting effects on the global marketplace.

Key Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Senior Manager of Consumer Health, intern will support the expansion of efforts by assessing at least one general merchandise product category. The goal of this project is to build the scientific and business cases for expanded action. Tasks will include but are not limited to:
  • Prioritization of products and associated chemicals of concern;
  • Assessment of the ubiquity of chemicals of concern in the prioritized products;
  • Identification of key retailers and product brands to engage;
  • Quantification of market impact;
  • Recommendations for companies to effectively drive and measure improvements;
  • Support of the visibility of our corporate engagement platform “Behind the Label;” and,
  • Collaboration with EDF’s scientists and policy experts.
10 weeks
Full-time (35 hours/week)
Compensation is $5,000 for the summer term.
Boma Brown-West, Senior Manager, Consumer Health [EDF+Business Supply Chain]

Please make certain to review the Requirements page prior to applying.