CLIMATE ACTION CHAMPIONS
Carbon Slam is led by the University of California Faculty Climate Action Champions, who are working to build community engagement and awareness of climate change and to discover and implement solutions.
Steve Allison, Irvine, is developing an integrated training program that will engage faculty and non-academic partners to train a cohort of climate scholars to translate big ideas into tangible and effective climate solutions.
Sue Carter, Santa Cruz, is establishing the sustainability lab (S-lab) to promote carbon emissions reductions and sustainable use of natural resources, providing students with indoor and outdoor laboratory space, educational tools, and resources.
Michael Dawson, Merced, is building figurative and literal understanding of change and sustainability by developing collaborations in which people from the campus and community explore the concepts of lines, such as shorelines, tree lines and skylines, and change.
Alex Hall, Los Angeles, is developing an educational and public outreach project to “downscale” information from global climate models to create high-resolution projections of future climate at the neighborhood scale.
Gretchen Hoffman, Santa Barbara, is engaging undergraduates and creating a team of outreach specialists on climate change issues that are important to the California coast, and working on additional ways to reach non-scientific audiences.
Kurt Kornbluth, Davis, is identifying new on-campus opportunities for carbon reduction, creating a new climate-focused curriculum for graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborating with faculty from other disciplines.
Mihri Ozkan, Riverside, is leading a campus campaign to encourage 100-percent recycling, including giving lectures on campus and across UC-campuses on green and sustainable technologies and working with Riverside Public Utilities to increase public awareness of recycling and eco-friendly technology.
Robert (Skip) Pomeroy, San Diego, is working with the California Center for Algae Biotechnology, the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and Environment, the Qualcomm Institute (the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Calit2), the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), the Institute of the Americas, and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).
Whendee Silver, Berkeley, is engaging with the broader campus and community on the social and policy hurdles to implementing land-based climate change mitigation projects and the city of Berkeley in a “garbage to grasslands” project that would capture organic waste and identify options for land application.
Arianne Teherani, San Francisco, is developing a new curriculum for health professionals that takes into account sustainability issues on health. She believes an important first step is defining the impact of the environment on health, as well as the impact of the healthcare industry on the environment.
Representing Climate Action Champions
Cherie Briggs, Santa Barbara, is leading multicampus initiatives in planetary health and the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change through her involvement in both the UC Institute for the Study of Ecological Impacts of Climate Change and the UC Global Health Initiative.
Sintana Vergara, Berkeley, studies the controls on emission of greenhouse gases from the composting of organic waste (manure, food waste, green waste) and the climate benefits of reuse and recycling of waste in California and Colombia.