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Levi’s Collaboratory Fellowship Takes on Climate Control

Levis Strauss and Company (LS&Co.) is taking on climate change. A vocal advocate for environmental protection, LS&Co. announced Thursday that the second year of the company’s Collaboratory fellowship will focus on ways to reduce the apparel industry’s climate impact.

The year-long fellowship will support entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs to advance innovative ideas for reducing their company’s—or the overall industry’s—climate impact in product design, raw materials, manufacturing or consumer use. Fellows have the opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding.

In a press release, LS&Co. says it selected climate change as this year’s theme because if left unchecked, “climate change will have devastating effects on the apparel industry, the communities in which the industry operates, and the world at large.”

LS&Co. will accept online applications for the 2018-2019 Collaboratory through December 15, 2017. Selected fellows will be announced in March 2018.

Each year the Collaboratory focuses on a different sustainability challenge facing the apparel industry. In 2017, the Collaboratory funded water-saving ideas, including projects that expand a natural indigo dyeing facility, create products that are less water-intensive and make wastewater treatment solutions more accessible to small artisan workshops.