UC Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiative Fellows
UC is a national leader in sustainability and has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, becoming the first major university to commit to this goal. UC President Napolitano created the Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC) to advise her on how to achieve the Carbon Neutrality goal for the UC System. The Council is comprised of scientists, administrators, students and experts from inside and outside UC and will engage the entire university community in its effort to seek out the best practices, policies and technology to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability.
Every year, UCOP funds the GCLC recommended Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the Global Food Initiative with Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellowships and Global Food Initiative (GFI) Fellowships to fund research projects across the University of California’s ten campuses. This year, the GFI initiative will be managed by Dan Henroid within the Nutrition and Food Services, UCSF Health.
FY2020-21 CNI Fellowships
We are excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the FY2020-21 Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellowship program. The purpose of these fellowships is to engage the entire university community in seeking out the best practices, policies and technology to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability. New this year is funding for UCSF Health fellows. These fellowships provide a $4000 stipend and are open to those currently enrolled in a degree program, residency, fellowship, or postdoc program in the Graduate Division, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or School of Pharmacy at UCSF. Engagement fellowships will receive an addition $1000 in funding for food, give-aways, and incentives. Applications will be accepted until May 22, 2020.
Please apply to one or more of the following positions:
1) Validation for Medical Supplies Disinfection Using Ozone Technology: This fellowship will involve studying the antimicrobial efficacy of ozone disinfection devices on different packaging materials, collecting and analyzing data and develop processes for medical supplies recovery.
2) Outreach/Engagement Fellow: This fellowship will involve coordinating one event per quarter–such as discussions, competitions, socials, or film screenings–that engages students, faculty, and staff across all schools and departments on topics related to Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability.
3) Pharmaceutical Waste Patient and Staff Education: This fellowship will explore and implement strategies to educate the UCSF community and patients on proper pharm waste disposal through UCSF Health systems.
4) Benefits of Telehealth / Telework: This study will looks at the carbon emissions, environmental benefits of the pandemic telehealth-telework transition, projections for the long term changes this transition has established, and how it has changed the delivery of healthcare and work at UCSF. Also perform literature review on best practices, explore UCSF technology options, explore virtual academic meetings, and share best practices for others to replicate.
5) Operating Room Overages: This project seeks a surgical resident/medical student who will perform an observational study to quantify financial values of wasted supplies after surgical cases in specific specialty areas.
6) Outreach/Engagement fellowship for UCSF Health: This fellowship will involve coordinating one event per quarter–such as discussions, competitions, socials, or film screenings– designed to educate and engage on topics of Carbon Neutrality and Sustainability specifically for UCSF Health audiences but open to all.
Please see the below past fellowship projects for ideas and examples:
FY 19-20 GFI and CNI Fellows
Joint Project: Carbon Offsets for Faculty Travel
Project: Research and Advocacy in Sustainable Healthcare
Project: Dentistry waste and Energy Reduction
Project: Multidisciplinary Seminar Series/ Quarterly Panel Discussion on Climate and Health
Project: Food Waste Segregation Program
Cool Food Challenge
Cool Food Challenge
PAST CNI AND GFI FELLOWS
Project: Dietary recommendations in adults with impaired blood glucose in Morelos, Mexico.
Project: Food Insecurity and Cardiometabolic Risk in US Young Adults
See article published in JAMA Neurology
Project: Ebola-affected households: food security and quality of life impacts in Kono District, Sierra Leone
Project: Safe drug take-back program, continuing sustainability elective course
Project: Expansion of current sustainability elective courses
Project: Implementing sustainable practices in the SOD clinic, curriculum, and with practitioners
See Poster (shared project)
Proposal: Quantification of MRI energy demands: a pilot study evaluating potential for energy savings
CNI: Hugo Aguilar & Yaser Khoshal
- Development of an elective course related to climate change and health, as well as an inter-professional RCO on sustainability issues.
- Earth Health Seminar course, Sustainability in Healthcare; See poster
CNI: Gabriela Weigel & Carolyn Rennels
- Women, the environment, and physician activism: Encouraging activism through education
See Project goals, poster and flyer
CNI: Clifford Bielinski, MD- Improving energy efficiency in the operating rooms; See poster
GFI: J. Daniel Kelly, MD, MPH -The impact of food insecurity on Ebola-related infections and mortality in hotspots of the Sierra Leone Ebola epidemic; See poster
GFI: Tammy Nicastro- Assessing the Perceived Impacts of an Integrated HIV Care and Agricultural Livelihood Intervention Program (IHLP) on Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition in Western Kenya Through a Qualitative Secondary Analysis; See poster
GFI: Emily Tuthill, PhD, RN- Current and chronic food insecurity: its impact on depression and emotional mental health among women living with HIV in the U.S; See project
GFI: Jason Parad, MPH, MBE- Closing the Global Food Gap on Activism: A Case Study of Beef-Free UC; See poster
GFI: Briton Lee, BA - Closing the Global Food Gap on Activism: A Case Study of Beef-Free UC; See poster
CNI: Hugo Aguilar and Yaser Khoshal - Expanding on the success of Earthealth1, a ten-week lunchtime elective for credit, outreach and engagement of the UCSF student community and through student news outlets; See syllabus.
CNI: Brittany Zhang and Daniel Ta - A ten week elective consisting of a series of lunchtime lectures with guest speakers, sharing UCSF sustainability accomplishments at UCSF hosted conferences. See syllabus and poster presented at CHESC.
CNI: Jason Lang - Identifying opportunities for energy and waste reduction in the Operating rooms at Parnassus
GFI: Rashon Lane - In Search of Meaning: The Social Structural Factors that Impact Lived Experiences of Women of Color Living with HIV in Their Management of Multiple Chronic Illness
CNI: Alex Schrobenhauser-Clonan, MS4, Student Outreach and Engagement Fellow, EARTHEALTH1: Earth and Health Are One
CNI: Nicole Jackman, MD, Reduction of Fresh Gas Flows in Anesthesia
Poster: Economic and Environmental Impact of Optimizing Fresh Gas Flow Use with Inhaled Anesthetics
GFI: Mathew Spinelli, MD, Impact of Food Insecurity on HIV Tx
Poster: Food Insecurity is Associated with Worse HIV Clinical Outcomes Among Women in the United States
GFI: J. Daniel Kelly, Postdoc, Food Insecurity, Poor Nutrition and Other Risk Factors of Ebola-Infected Patients
Poster: Anatomy of an Asymptomatic Ebola ‘Hotspot’
GFI: Mike Reid, MD, Diabeltes, Diet, And Microbial Translocation in HIV infected women
Poster: Association of Markers of Gut Microbial Translocation and Inflammation with Insulin Resistance in HIV-infected Persons
Faculty Champion: Arianne Teherani, PhD, Incorporating climate change and health into curriculum, May Workshop and December Workshop
CNI: Nicole Jackman, MD, UCSF Resident, Dr. Nicole Jackman Presents at Climate Neutrality Conference
GFI: Jacob Mirsky, MD, Student Fellowship Provides Sustainable Food Solutions
GFI: Jonathan Schor, MS1, Can Your Cell Phone Help You Eat Better?
Interested in becoming a Future CNI or GFI Fellow?
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR CNI FELLOW
Selections will be made by project sponsors or a committee comprised of members of the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability.