UCI Sustainability

2022-2023 Climate Action and

Global Food Initiative Fellowships Application

 

 

The UCI Sustainability Resource Center, UCI Student Housing, FRESH Basic Needs Hub, Campus Physical & Environmental Planning, and UCI Health are now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Bonnie Reiss Climate Action and Global Food Initiative Student Fellowships.

The fellowships enable graduate and undergraduate students to contribute significantly to a select group of on-campus projects. The projects reflect some of the many ways UC Irvine is mobilizing to achieve the underlying goals of the UC President’s Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives. The fellowships are sponsored by the UC Office of the President.

The fellowships are a yearlong commitment, September 2022 – June 2023. Successful applicants will work on exciting projects across a range of topics including zero waste, energy justice, community resilience, food security, urban gardening, community-aligned carbon offsets, and campus sustainability engagement.

To learn more about the open CNI and GFI year-long fellowships positions, see the descriptions below.

APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2022 AT 5:00 PM PT

For questions, contact sustainability-center@uci.edu

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carbon neutrality initiative

 

The purpose of the Bonnie Reiss Climate Action Student Fellowship Program is to actively engage students in shaping the initiative and supporting the University ’s aggressive goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2025 and creating a more equitable, sustainable, resilient, and healthy world. To support this role, the program supports two types of fellows. Project Fellows work on research and implementing projects that reduce a location’s operational greenhouse gas emissions and other CNI benchmarks. Student Engagement Fellows lead local outreach and communications efforts around the CNI. Fellows will discuss in-person, hybrid, or remote work opportunities with their supervisors upon hire.

Fellows are expected to:

  • Contribute approximately 8-10 hours per week to the fellowship during academic year;
  • Orally present one status update each quarter at select campus-wide events;
  • Attend one fellows’ study break each quarter; and
  • Complete work products specific to the fellowship project by June 1, 2023.

All fellows are expected to attend the following meetings and trainings:

  • A virtual orientation session in the fall of 2022
  • A leadership training (Student Engagement Fellows) in the fall of 2022
  • Topical trainings on climate resilience and decarbonization (as relevant) in the fall of 2022
  • A field trip in the spring of 2022 (date and location TBD)
  • A closing symposium and poster presentation in June or July of 2023
  • Periodic conference calls to discuss individual projects and share best practices with peers

Planning and collaboration are key to a successful fellowship. All Fellows are expected to work with their supervisors to develop a project overview that includes their project goals, deliverables and timelines, and the metrics that will be used to measure success. Fellows are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors to discuss projects, progress, and issues that arise. Reporting deadlines include:

  • Midyear progress report by February 2023
  • Completion of a project poster in Spring 2023
  • Year-end project report due July 2023

The fellow will receive:

  • Hands-on, project-based experience in the fellowship area;
  • Approximately $4,000 in the form of a paid student assistantship;
  • Campus and university-wide recognition as a member of a select group of student leaders;
  • An opportunity to convene virtually with climate and food fellows from across the UC system at the beginning and end of the fellowship year;
  • An opportunity to participate in a virtual sustainability leadership training; and
  • Guidance from prominent scholars and mentorship from practitioners in the field.

 

Location: UCI Main Campus

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This Climate Action Fellow will be a team member of UCI Campus Physical and Environmental Planning and support campus efforts to reach carbon neutrality for scopes 1 and 2 by 2025. Projects will focus on decarbonization, which may include but is not limited to: conducting annual campus greenhouse gas emissions reporting, updating reporting information to The Climate Registry, Second Nature, and the University of California Office of the President, and maintaining the Climate and Energy webpage. As needed, the fellow may support climate outreach and engagement efforts. The fellow will work with their supervisor to develop a project overview that includes project goals, deliverables, and timelines.

This Climate Action Fellow will be a team member of UCI Campus Physical and Environmental Planning and support ongoing efforts to advance campus climate resilience planning. Projects will focus on climate resilience, which may include but is not limited to: creating and implementing an outreach plan for engaging diverse student groups in resilience visioning, conducting a climate impact assessment and assessing vulnerabilities, and helping to organize stakeholder engagement events. These projects will have a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice (DEIJ)-centered approach. The fellow may also collaborate with the UCI Environmental Justice Collective on projects and initiatives. The fellow will work with their supervisor to develop a project overview that includes project goals, deliverables, and timelines.

The Student Engagement Fellow will be a team member of the UCI Sustainability Resource Center (SRC). The fellow will focus efforts on incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into the CNI and Sustainable Practices Policy. This will include but is not limited to supporting DEI programs based on Environmental Justice and Climate Justice principles. The fellow will host a program each quarter such as a workshop, film screening, and other student forums or events and report on student issues, concerns, and proposals. The fellow will also collaborate with campus units to update and maintain campus sustainability information on the SRC website. Planning and collaboration are key to a successful fellowship. The fellow is expected to work with their supervisors to develop a project overview that includes their project goals, deliverables and timelines, and the metrics that will be used to measure success.

Student Engagement Fellows will share students’ feedback with the student representatives to the Global Climate Leadership Council on the CNI, local needs and opportunities and guidance on advancing student engagement in the CNI. Student Engagement Fellows will receive a $1,000 student engagement budget.

Location: UCI Health 

Application Instructions

This Climate Action Fellow will be a team member of UCI Health Planning Administration and support ongoing efforts to advance medical center projects at the intersection of health, equity, and climate change. Projects will focus on climate resilience and decarbonization, which may include but is not limited to: creating and implementing an outreach plan for engaging diverse groups in resilience visioning, conducting a climate impact assessment and assessing vulnerabilities, researching the benefits of telehealth for patients and the planet, conducting annual greenhouse gas emissions reporting, and helping to organize stakeholder engagement events. These projects will have a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice (DEIJ)-centered approach. The fellow will work with their supervisor to develop a project overview that includes project goals, deliverables, metrics, and timelines.

This Student Engagement Fellow will be a team member of UCI Health Planning Administration and support ongoing efforts to advance medical center projects at the intersection of health, equity, and climate change. Projects will focus on climate resilience, which may include but is not limited to: creating and implementing an outreach plan for engaging diverse groups in resilience visioning, conducting a climate impact assessment and assessing vulnerabilities, conducting annual greenhouse gas emissions reporting, and helping to organize stakeholder engagement events. The fellow will host programs such as a workshops, webinars, film screenings, or other forums on the nexus between climate and health. The fellow will work with their supervisor to develop a project overview that includes project goals, deliverables, metrics, and timelines.

global food initiative

 

Former UC President Janet Napolitano, together with UC’s 10 chancellors, launched the UC Global Food Initiative in July 2014. Building on existing efforts and creating new collaborations among UC’s 10 campuses, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the initiative draws on UC’s leadership in the fields of agriculture, medicine, nutrition, climate science, public policy, social science, biological science, humanities, arts and law, among others. Its focus is both external, such as how UC translates research into policy and helps communities eat more sustainably, and internal, such as how UC leverages its collective buying power and dining practices to create desirable policies and outcomes. The Global Food Initiative offers a student fellowship program for undergraduates and graduate students to work on research projects or internships related to the initiative.

Fellows are expected to:

  • Contribute approximately 8-10 hours per week to the fellowship during academic year 2021-22;
  • Orally present one status update each quarter at select campus-wide events;
  • Attend one fellows’ study break each quarter;
  • Complete work products specific to the fellowship project by June 1, 2022.

All fellows are expected to attend the following meetings and trainings:

  • GFI/Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) virtual orientation (Fall 2022)

  • GFI bimonthly check-ins (via Zoom, starting in November 2022)
  • GFI/CNI virtual leadership training (fall 2022)
  • Mid-year check-in survey due (February 2023)
  • GFI spring convening or field trip (spring 2023)
  • Year-end poster due (Spring 2023)
  • Fellows’ symposium (June or July 2023)
  • Year-end report (NLT July 2023)

Planning and collaboration are key to a successful fellowship. All Fellows are expected to work with their supervisors to develop a project overview that includes their project goals, deliverables and timelines, and the metrics that will be used to measure success. Fellows are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors to discuss projects, progress, and issues that arise. Fellows will also submit progress reports and a final report to UCOP. 

The fellow will receive:

  • Hands-on, project-based experience in the fellowship area;
  • Approximately $3,000 in the form of a paid student assistantship;
  • Campus and university-wide recognition as a member of a select group of student leaders;
  • An opportunity to convene virtually with climate and food fellows from across the UC system at the beginning and end of the fellowship year;
  • An opportunity to participate in a virtual sustainability leadership training; and
  • Guidance from prominent scholars and mentorship from practitioners in the field.

 

Location: UCI Main Campus

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The GFI Student Ambassador role was established to increase student engagement in the Global Food Initiative at both systemwide and campus levels. At each of the 10 UC campuses, the Student Ambassador Fellow serves as the GFI student engagement liaison for their campus. Ambassador Fellows may be invited to participate in leadership convenings of the UC Global Food Initiative where they will lift student voices, report on student engagement activities and progress, and connect with GFI workgroup leaders across the university system.

The GFI Ambassador at FRESH Basic Needs Hub, UCI more specifically will lead CalFresh communications and engagement efforts at the FRESH Hub. The Ambassador’s role is to increase visibility of the CalFresh program and student eligibility requirements in multiple spaces thus improving student food security and wellness. This includes creating content to advance CalFresh awareness on social media platforms and newsletters, and coordinating CalFresh outreach activities and programming events.

The GFI Food Recovery Fellow at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub will be involved in efforts addressing food waste and food security efforts with a commitment to sustainability practices across UCI. The Food Recovery Fellow will facilitate engagement efforts to sustain and increase visibility of the following programs in multiple spaces: The Harvest Project, Grocery Rescue Program, Mobile Food Pantry, and Zotponics.

The Harvest Project is a partnership developed with UC South Coast Farm to harvest locally-grown produce at the farm. The Grocery Rescue Program leverages partnerships with local grocery stores to recover food that would otherwise go to waste. The Mobile Food Pantry increases pantry access for students unable to visit the UCI Food Pantry. The Zotponic system was developed in partnership with UCI’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department to achieve the most cost efficient smart indoor hydroponics system that can be controlled via a mobile device. The fellow will coordinate with the Zotponics Team to schedule growth, harvest, and distribution of food grown in the Zotponic system.

Additionally, the GFI Food Recovery Fellow will serve as a liaison between the FRESH Basic Needs Hub and the Food Recovery Network (FRN) Chapter at UCI. The fellow will attend FRN meetings and actively participate in opportunities across campus to uplift coordinated efforts to increase sustainability practices at UCI.

The Garden Fellow will create and implement educational programming and conduct engaged research on urban agriculture at UCI. UCI is home to a growing network of gardens that capture student and staff interest in urban agriculture and greening and responds to urban sustainability, food security, environmental health, and climate change resilience. Many of these gardens are student led with functions for food production, education, research, community building, and cultural representation. Since 2015, a partnership among UCI Student Housing, ASUCI, the UCI FRESH Basic Needs Hub, and the UCI Sustainability Resource Center has coordinated a campus gardens program which aims to improve integration between urban agriculture and Basic Needs services, increase experiential learning, and initiate cross-campus collaboration. In particular, the GFI Garden Fellow will support programming and sustainable approaches to urban agriculture at the Arroyo Vista housing “Ants in Your Plants” garden. The fellow will lead the produce donation program between the AV garden and the pantry at the FRESH Basic Needs Hub. This is a hands-on, experiential learning internship engaging the range of skills essential to urban agriculture, both inside the garden and as a community organizer.