University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

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UCR CNI Student Fellowship

2017-2018 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Student Fellowship Program

Please fill out the information below by Tuesday, May 17th at 12:00 p.m.

Administered by the UC Riverside School of Public Policy, the 2017-2018 UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Student Fellowship Program is funded by the UC Office of the President (UCOP) as a presidential initiative.

UCOP is providing UC Riverside with $12,000 in award funding for the UC CNI Student Fellowship Program. These funds will be used to award 3-4 CNI Student Fellows. 

The awards may be given to undergraduate or graduate students to fund research fellowships or traditional internships focused on the initiative. 

We will also select one CNI Student Engagement Fellow (with a preference for a student who has served previously as a CNI Student Fellow) to lead student engagement and communications efforts at UCR for the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the President’s Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC). The Student Engagement Fellow will receive a $4,000 award, plus an additional $1,000 budget for campus programming. The Student Engagement Fellow will work with the UCR School of Public Policy to plan appropriate programming. The Student Engagement Fellow appointment is intended as a dedicated role.

Systemwide Events
Absent exceptional circumstances, both CNI Student Fellows and CNI Student Engagement Fellows are expected to attend the following systemwide events: 
• Orientation at UC Santa Barbara on June 26, 2017 (Required)
• Student Leadership Trainings – Date TBD (Required for Student Engagement Fellows/Optional for Student Fellows) 
• CNI Student Fellow Field Trip – April 2018 (Required) 
• Symposium and CHESC Poster Presentation - June 2018 (Required) 

CNI Student Fellows – Project Guidelines
Fellowship projects for CNI Student Fellows should address issues related to meeting the carbon neutrality goal for the campus and/or system. Examples include specific research or analysis of scope 1 or 2 mitigation strategies, education/communications around the goal, energy efficiency projects and research on offset or financing options. Projects that assess emissions from commuting are also appropriate although other scope 3 emissions such as waste, purchasing, and business travel are not at this time. (For more information on emission scopes, please visit 

CNI Student Engagement Fellows – Responsibilities
Each Student Engagement Fellow will receive a $4,000 award and $1,000 budget for campus programming related to CNI engagement. To ensure Engagement Fellows have familiarity with the CNI and the knowledge necessary to engage other students, it is strongly recommended that campuses select Engagement Fellows from students who have previously served as CNI Fellows. To facilitate knowledge transfer, we request that you introduce the current Engagement Fellow to the incoming Engagement Fellow so that they may meet informally prior to the summer break. Each current Engagement Fellow will be asked to provide written guidance for the incoming Engagement Fellow. 

Students selected to serve as the campus CNI Student Engagement Fellow are expected to work with the UCR School of Public Policy to communicate about campus and UC-wide sustainability 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 sustainability programs. In addition to these expectations, and those set out by campus supervisors, CNI Student Engagement Fellows have the following responsibilities: 

Student Engagement
• 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, etc.) 
• Network and/or help assist with publicizing campus events related to CNI activities 
• Infuse, where appropriate, CNI branding into campus events, including on‐campus activities in conjunction with Earth Day in April 2018 
• Support efforts to rollout outcomes from Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC)/CNI Working Groups 

• Host a student climate forum on campus 
• Join monthly systemwide 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 

• Submit quarterly updates along with other CNI working group leaders, sharing the status of engagement efforts 
• Submit a year-end report on how the $1,000 budget for campus programming was spent in support of student engagement 
• Provide student feedback and communicate campus needs and opportunities 
• Offer guidance on advancing campus‐based student engagement in the CNI 

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

School of Public Policy
Anil B. Deolalikar
Founding Dean
Professor of Economics

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Tel: (951) 827-5564

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