UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer & Jennifer Armenta, Green Impact, September 2015

Apply for the UCSF Faculty Climate Action Champion Award

Climate ChangeAll UCSF faculty are invited to apply for a newly established $25,000 Faculty Climate Action Champion Award. A funding opportunity has been announced by the UC Global Climate Leadership Council Arianne Teherani, Professor of Medicine for UCSF and UCSF representative to the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group of the Global Climate Leadership Council, explained, “The Faculty Climate Action Champion Award recognizes and emphasizes the importance of climate change and its impact on the environment, as well as its impact on health. Applying for the award will allow faculty with a vision, but no channels for early funding, the chance to gain financial support to realize an idea.”

This funding opportunity will advance the goals of the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Ruth Greenblatt, Professor at the UCSF School of Pharmacy and outgoing Chair of the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee, stressed, “The Faculty Climate Action Champion Award is an opportunity for faculty to access funds for climate-related issues.”

The Faculty Climate Action Champion Award incentivizes and supports faculty engagement in climate change research, teaching, and engagement. The award provides institutional support for one exceptional faculty member to deepen climate change teaching and research on each campus. The selected Champion and their projects are intended to help meet and focus student demands for climate action and education. The Champion should also inspire a wide range of faculty to take up the challenge of engaged research and education to achieve carbon neutrality. Detailed instructions can be found HERE. Applications must be submitted no later than September 28, 2015.

The Faculty Champion will be required to attend the UCOP Climate Summit at UCSD which happens either October or November.


  • September 28, 2015 - Applicants submit Faculty Climate Action Champion Award proposals.
  • October 15, 2015 - UCSF Academic Senate Sustainability Committee selects Faculty Champion.
  • October/November - Attend Climate Summit at UCSD
  • May 30, 2016 - Faculty Champion will be expected to send interim reports describing accomplishments to date to the Faculty Director of the system wide Faculty Climate Action Champion Award program, Dr. John Foran. A report of expenditures will not be expected at this time.
  • December 30, 2016 - The 2015-2016 Faculty Climate Action Champion’s tenure will conclude.
  • January 30, 2017 - Faculty Champion will be expected to send final reports to the Faculty Director of the system wide Faculty Climate Action Champion Award program, Dr. John Foran. This report should include a description of their accomplishments and a summary of their expenditures. Funds not spent should be returned to the campus unit managing the program, the UCSF Academic Senate.

UCSF faculty at all ranks, in all series can apply. Researchers from all Basic and Clinical focused fields, Social & Behavioral sciences, and policy-related fields of research are encouraged to apply.

Criteria for Review
1. Fulfillment of eligibility criteria;
2. Plan for engagement of the campus community including students, staff, and faculty;
3. Plan for engagement of stakeholders off-campus including local community members (including climate, social justice, and environmental organizations), non-profit leaders, government agencies, and/or business leaders;
4. Research plan that will have broader interdisciplinary scope and applications than to the specific academic field of the Champion and will give the Champion an opportunity to pursue a new direction in their work or a new project;
5. Quality of the research proposal and its relevance to climate change;
6. Description of teaching or other curriculum innovations such as a seminar (targeted towards undergraduate and/or graduate students), a new course or set of courses, and/or significant infusion of climate action into an existing course or courses; and
7. For junior faculty only, clear statement from the Department Chair in writing that if an award is made the faculty recipient will have sufficient independence and time. Proposals will be evaluated based on demonstrated experience and leadership in the area of climate change; intellectual merit; and broader impact of proposed activities in terms of educating and engaging campus and the public in climate action.

To Apply

STEP 1) Complete a proposal that meets review criteria
STEP 2) Submit your proposal via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Senior Analyst, UCSF Academic Senate no later than September 28, 2015.
For details on the application, download HERE

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