UCI Carbon Offsets Fellow
In accordance with the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative, UC Irvine is committed to being net carbon neutral on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025. Based on UCI’s current Climate Action Plan (CAP), developed by the Office of Environmental Planning and Sustainability
, approximately 46% of these emissions reductions are anticipated to come from carbon offsets. Understanding that carbon offsets are temporarily necessary to achieve UCI’s carbon neutrality goal, we are committed to procuring and catalyzing mission-consistent carbon offsets.
We define “mission-consistent” offsets as projects and programs that do the following:
- Maintain or improve UCI students’ access to basic needs, including healthy food, affordable housing, and viable transportation options.
- Prioritize collaboration with community partners to improve the livelihoods of local community members in Orange County and the greater Southern California region.
- First exhaust all feasible local projects that directly benefit UCI students and community members before expanding to projects in other parts of the world.
- Are procured from verified, equity-focused offset markets.
Project Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Garrison, Associate Director, UCI Environment Collaboration
Student Project: The selected fellow will explore opportunities for UCI to pursue mission-aligned carbon offsets in conjunction with the Carbon Neutrality Initiative. This will include researching successful offset programs at other college campuses, researching equity-oriented market-based offsets, identifying local offset opportunities, and designing and facilitating one local offset project during the 2019-20 academic year. The student will also work with UCI staff and faculty to coordinate a community carbon offsets equity advisory board.
UCI Community Resilience Fellow
Description: At the UCI Office of Sustainability, we are working on several projects that foster people-centered and inclusive solutions to climate and sustainability challenges. These projects are driven by students, faculty, staff, and community collaborators who come together for meaningful exchange, education, research, and action for social transformation. We work from a shared understanding that the problems of climate change, racism and all social injustice, economic inequality, and our challenged democracy are connected, and so are the solutions. “Community resilience” describes our efforts to create the human infrastructure needed to ensure that climate and sustainability solutions protect and defend both biological and cultural diversity.
Project Supervisor: Abby Reyes, JD, Director of UCI Community Resilience Projects, Office of Sustainability
Student Project: The selected fellow will work with UCI Community Resilience Projects to integrate and align UCI’s sustainability and climate activities with UCI’s wide-ranging activities that forward understanding and progress on racial and social justice. This work will include coordination of and involvement in UCI’s Community Resilience Co-Lab. The student-led Co-lab aims to build a stronger campus community response to the enduring and intersecting crises of environmental, racial, and social injustice. It brings together UCI graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff from across disciplines and departments to co-generate critical and collaborative shared space for community, experimentation, skills-sharing, and action. The selected fellow will work with staff and faculty supervisors from the Co-lab to plan and carry out AY 19-20 fellowship activities to continue to weave together students, faculty, and staff working at the intersection of these issues.
Bonnie Reiss CNI Student Engagement Fellow
Description: President Napolitano and chancellors from all 10 campuses announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative in November 2013. The Initiative aims for the University of California to emit net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025. To get there, President Napolitano created a Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC). The GCLC harnesses the research, teaching, service, and operations strengths of the ten UC campuses to:
- Advise senior leadership on successful implementation of the system-wide plan for achieving carbon neutrality by 2025,
- Disseminate campus sustainability best practices,
- Coordinate all relevant stakeholders to integrate sustainability goals and policies into the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, and
- Connect the Initiative to UC’s teaching, research and public service mission.
Project Supervisor: Dr. Rachel Harvey, Sustainability Program Manager, UCI Student Housing & Carrie Metzgar, Communications and Office Manager, UCI Office of Environmental Planning and Sustainability
Student Project: Students selected to serve as the campus CNI Student Engagement Fellow are expected to work with their campus sustainability office and staff to communicate about campus and UC-wide carbon neutrality goals and programs, to assess existing programs and efforts, and to engage undergraduate and graduate students in those efforts. Engagement and communication efforts should enable and empower students to provide feedback about campus and UC-wide carbon neutrality programs. In addition to these expectations, and those set out by campus supervisors, CNI Student Engagement Fellows have the following responsibilities:
- Promote awareness of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and campus student fellow projects (e.g., tabling about the CNI, engaging student leaders and student organizations in discussions about the CNI, write stories on student fellow projects, Humans of Sustainability Project, etc.)
- Network and/or help assist with publicizing campus events related to CNI activities, including the Cool Campus Challenge
- Infuse, where appropriate, CNI branding into campus events, including on‐campus activities in conjunction with Earth Day in April 2020
- Support efforts to rollout outcomes from Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC)/CNI Working Groups
- Host a student climate forum on campus
- Join periodic system-wide CNI Student Engagement conference calls
- Attend at least one GCLC meeting during the academic year
- Meet with CNI leaders on campus to learn about ongoing CNI efforts