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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 the recipients of the FY20-21 CNI and GFI fellowship year. 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 were closed July 1, 2020.

Please see the fellowship awardees:

1) Karly Hampshire - 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.
2)  Sarah Schear -  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.
3) Adriana Gardner - 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) Amy Rosenwohl-Mack - 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.


Please see the below past fellowship projects for ideas and examples:

FY 19-20 GFI and CNI Fellows

CNI Fellows:

Colin Baylen: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Stephen Ettinger: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Joint Project: Carbon Offsets for Faculty Travel 
See Poster

Jerry Lui: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Project: Dentistry waste and Energy Reduction
See Poster

Outreach Ambassadors:
Bennett Kissel: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Angelina Tong: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Project: Multidisciplinary Seminar Series/ Quarterly Panel Discussion on Climate and Health
See Poster

Administrative contact for CNI Fellows:  Gail Lee, UCSF Sustainability Director, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

GFI Fellows:

Ami Bhow: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), MHA student and engagement fellow
Project: Food Waste Segregation Program

Rhon Guan: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), dietetic intern
Cool Food Challenge

Shana Johnson: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), dietetic intern
Cool Food Challenge

Administrative contact for GFI Fellows:  Dan Henroid, Nutrition and Food Services Director, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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CNI Fellows

PAST CNI AND GFI FELLOWS

2018-2019

GFI: Andrea Pedroza-Tobias, M.Sc. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Graduate Student, Ph.D. in Global Health Sciences
Project: Dietary recommendations in adults with impaired blood glucose in Morelos, Mexico.
See Poster

GFI: Jason M. Nagata, M.D., M.Sc. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Graduate Student, ATCR Certificate Program, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Project: Food Insecurity and Cardiometabolic Risk in US Young Adults
See Poster
See article published in JAMA Neurology

GFI:Mohamed Bailor Barrie, MBChB, MMSc. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Ph.D. Student in Global Health Sciences
Project: Ebola-affected households: food security and quality of life impacts in Kono District, Sierra Leone
See Poster

CNI: Ereca Nguyen .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, Class of 2020
Project: Safe drug take-back program, continuing sustainability elective course
See Poster

CNI:
Jerry Liu .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Candidate
Claire Skach .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Candidate
Project: Expansion of current sustainability elective courses
Project: Implementing sustainable practices in the SOD clinic, curriculum, and with practitioners
See Poster (shared project)

Geraldine Tran, MD .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), UCSF General Surgery Residency (PGY1), UCSF Department of Radiology T32 Post-doctoral fellow
Proposal: Quantification of MRI energy demands: a pilot study evaluating potential for energy savings
See Poster

2017-2018
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


2016-2017

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

2015-2016

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

2014-2015

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.

QUESTIONS

CNI Fellowship: For questions about the application process or the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, your program focus or current activities, please contact UCSF CNI Representative and UCSF Campus and Medical Center Sustainability Director, Gail Lee, (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-502-6315).

GFI Fellowship:  For questions about the application process or the Global Food Initiative, your program focus or current activities, please contact UCSF GFI Representative and UCSF Health Sustainability Officer, Dan Henroid (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-353-1348).