UCSF Sustainability Stories


Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, February 2015


UC President’s Sustainability Student Fellowship/Internship Program

SignIn November, 2013 UC President, Janet Napolitano announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which commits UC to emit net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, something no other major university system has done. “To ensure that students are engaged in this critical effort, I am announcing the creation of the President’s Sustainability Student Fellowship/Internship Program,” Napolitano said.  “It is essential that we harness the passion and creative energy of our students as we look for new ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our campuses, our communities, our country and the world,” Napolitano stressed.  The goal is that these awards galvanize student activity.”  Please consider applying.  Act soon because the deadline is February 16th at 7 AM. 

Inspired by the fellowship program of the UC Global Food Initiative, the program will provide each campus, the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Office of the President with $7,500 to fund non-need based student awards. UCSF will provide up to three awards in the $2,500 to $7,500 range.  Preference will be given to programs focused on reducing campus-related emissions to meet net zero greenhouse gases (GHG) from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025 (i.e., reduction of GHG emissions related to UCSF’s use of electricity, natural gas, anesthesia gases, refrigerant and vehicle fleet), which is an area of leadership for UCSF within the overall Carbon Neutrality Initiative.  One student recipient position, determined by Academic Senate, will be dedicated to supporting student engagement and communications efforts on the UCSF campus for the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the President’s Global Climate Leadership Council.

All current UCSF students, fellows, postdocs, and residents are eligible to apply.  Projects must be completed and ready to present at the Presidential Student Fellowship Symposium held at California Higher Education Sustainability Conference located at SFSU on July 20.  Winning applicants will be selected in time to report to UCOP by February 20. 

To be considered, please submit a brief description of your project, no later than February 16, 2015 by 7 AM. 

You can learn more about UCSF’s initiatives to reduce carbon on campus here and at the medical center here.  Details on how to apply for the award are summarized below.

SUMMARY OF AWARD

  • Award amount: $2,500 - $7500
  • Maximum duration: 6 months
  • Number of awards: 1 to 3

ELIGIBILITY

  • UCSF students, fellows, postdocs, and residents are eligible.

APPLICATION
Send the following information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address):

  • Cover sheet including: applicant name, degree program (if applicable), contact email and phone number, recommender’s name, department, email and phone number.
  • One page applicant letter describing the program to be completed under the fellowship and how it aligns with the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative.
  • A recommendation from a faculty or staff advisor on the program.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Significance/approach/innovation: Does the program address an important problem? Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated and appropriate to the aims of the program? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics? Is the proposed work feasible? Are the program aims original and innovative?

Proposed programs should be consistent with the UCCNI goal of improving energy efficiency, developing new sources of renewable energy, and enacting a range of related strategies to cut carbon emissions.

Preference will be given to programs focused on reducing campus-related emissions to meet net zero greenhouse gases (GHG) from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025 (i.e., reduction of GHG emissions related to UCSF’s use of electricity, natural gas, anesthesia gases, refrigerant and vehicle fleet), which is an area of leadership for UCSF within the overall Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Selections will be made by a committee comprised of members of the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability.

QUESTIONS
For questions about the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and UCSF’s participation and the preferred program focus, contact Sustainability Manager, UCSF campus and medical center, Gail Lee, (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-502-6315).

For questions about the application process, please contact Director of Communications, Student Academic Affairs, Courtney Anderson, (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-476-3653).

IMPORTANT DEADLINES
• January 13, 2015 – Call for proposals
• February 16, 2015 7am – Applications due
• February 20, 2015 – Winners announced
• February 23, 2015 – Work begins
• June 30, 2015 – Work concludes

Submit applications by 7:00 a.m. PDT on February 16, 2015 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with all required information and documentation. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.