Enviva Partners, LP, a global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, announced that it has entered into multi-year recruiting and career development pipeline agreements with four significant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the U.S. Southeast, to identify, recruit, and hire new employees for its rapidly growing business.
Enviva, which operates ten modern biomass production plants and six port terminals from North Carolina to Florida, is seeking to hire talent at all levels of the organization from North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro), North Carolina Central University (Durham), Alabama A&M University (Huntsville), and Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi). Enviva will participate in career fairs and student enrichment opportunities at these universities and finance scholarship opportunities with each institution to facilitate careers in renewable energy and sustainable forestry for African Americans.
As a global renewable energy company and leader in forest stewardship, we have a responsibility to be intentional about diversifying our workforce at all levels of our company to help shape the future of a net-zero world. That work begins with recruiting some of the brightest and most ambitious minds which emerge from these prestigious HBCUs located in the geographic region of our operations. These institutions have world-class agriculture and forestry programs and help educate amazing future engineers to help us design, build, operate and continuously improve our plants, terminals, and business around the world. There are no better spaces from which to grow our business from a talent perspective.”
John Keppler, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Enviva
These new partnerships will reinforce Enviva’s existing recruitment efforts, focusing outreach on an array of graduates from each of the universities, including electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers, in addition to forestry, agriculture, and agribusiness majors. Enviva expects to place the recruits across its facility fleet, including at its corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, and Raleigh, North Carolina, in addition to its manufacturing plants and terminals.
Enviva is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source that is produced by aggregating a natural resource, wood fiber, and processing it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tons per year in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its deep-water marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party deep-water marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida.