Next Gen Sponsorship & Mentorship


The Next Gen program is a professional development program for undergraduate students designed to bolster inclusivity in the buildings industry. Our inaugural 2021 cohort was an incredible success with 20 students participating from around the United States in Canada. We will run two cohorts of 20 students (40 students in total) in 2022-2023. You can learn more about Next Gen on the program information page.


By supporting the Next Gen program, you can:

  • Help promote diversity in the built environment sector
  • Bolster your company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and programs
  • Connect to a potential pipeline of diverse students for your internship and job recruitment efforts
  • Provide structured mentorship opportunities for senior staff
  • Boost student participation in the Getting to Zero Forum, the premier event dedicated to zero energy and zero carbon buildings

You can support a student’s full experience in the program by providing a $5,000 donation, or support multiple students’ scholarships if your budget allows. If you are interested in sponsoring students or supporting the program more broadly, please contact Meghan Humphreys at [email protected].

To learn more about the benefits of supporting the program, see the Next Gen Sponsorship Overview below.


Next Gen Sponsorship Overview



One of the key elements of the Next Gen program is one-on-one mentorship. Students are paired with an industry leader aligned with their professional aspirations. The relationship between student and mentor should be reciprocal, students will benefit from industry expertise, career advice, and networking, while mentors will benefit from the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and cultivate the next generation of climate leadership.

We are expecting the time commitment to be 2-3 hours per month (from October 2022 to June 2023) for mentors. That includes time for one-on-one check ins, participating in a combined mentorship and diversity, equity, and inclusion training, and regular touchpoints with your mentor cohort. If you are interested in joining the program as a mentor, apply here:




If you have any questions about participating as a mentor, please email Leada Fuller-Marashi at [email protected].

Our 2021 cohort of mentors joined us from Steven Winter Associates, BRIC Architecture, Slipstream, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Legrand, Brightworks, Perkins Eastman, University of Virginia, the City College of New York and the Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Shrink, Point Energy Innovations, VMDO, and Grimm + Parker.

2022-2023 Next Gen Program Supporters and Sponsors