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JFFLabs Incubation Practice Area

Climate Innovation

Climate Innovation

Mobilizing partners toward a climate-resilient workforce.
Information and innovation to prepare workers, employers, and sectors for climate resiliency.

The climate crisis presents challenges and opportunities across society. Corporations are struggling to prepare their organizations and the jobs within them to withstand the shifting landscape; meanwhile, workers who are most vulnerable to climate change are left out of the conversation.

The Climate Innovation incubated practice at JFFLabs takes an inclusive approach to inform, educate, and upskill individuals for climate-resilient jobs through innovation and collaboration across sectors, regions, new business models, and capital investments.

Key Initiatives

Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow

CREST is a career preparation and reskilling initiative of the Ares Charitable Foundation that aims to close the gap between the demand for a skilled workforce for green jobs and the number of people prepared for them.


News & Ideas
Report Growing Quality Green Jobs
JFF report presents the Green Transformation Cycle that illustrates the economic transformation currently underway and better shapes workforce training programs, employer talent pipelines, and emerging legislation to support the urgency of a just transition to a green economy.
Impact Story Powering a Sustainable Future With People-Centered Strategies
To power the ambitious climate change mitigation strategies necessary for a sustainable future, developing a skilled workforce will be critical.
Impact Story JFFLabs Director Taj Eldridge in “A $25 million Plan to Upskill and Diversify the Climate Workforce"
To prepare a skilled workforce for jobs in climate change mitigation, the Ares Charitable Foundation partnered with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the World Resources Institute to launch an initiative called Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST).

Taj Ahmad Eldridge, Managing Director
Taj Ahmad Eldridge is managing director of Climate Innovation at JFFLabs. He draws on more than 25 years of experience as an investment professional to lead a cross-collaborative team focused on the intersection of climate and workforce.
Jennifer Tee, Director
Jennifer Tee is the director of Climate Innovation at JFFLabs. She aligns vision, strategy, and implementation of climate innovation initiatives, including its flagship project, CREST (Climate-Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow).
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The Climate Innovation incubated practice at JFFLabs can help employers, workers, and public and private stakeholders develop climate-resilient workforce strategies. Contact us to learn more about how you can partner with us or support our work, and subscribe for updates.