Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, July 2016

UCSF Participates in UC Carbon Slam

The UC Carbon Slam, held on May 23rd, was a spirited contest that brought together talented scholars from all 10 campuses to Silicon Valley to present their climate science and carbon reduction research in three-minute pitches before a panel of esteemed judges and guests. In addition to the student competitors, the Carbon Slam brought together researchers, investors, non-profit and for-profit industry representatives, and community leaders interested in supporting scientific discoveries that provide insight into the impact of climate change and technologies and policies that promote sustainability. UCSF stood out for its emphasis on climate action from a health perspective.

UCSF Finalists Pitch at the UC Slam


Alanya den Boer, a masters student in Communication Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a visiting scholar and intern with UCSF’s Office of Sustainability, spoke about the connection between climate change and health in the Climate Impact Pitch. Alex Schrobenhauser-Clonan, a fourth year medical student and Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow, spoke about EARTHEALTH1: The Health Professions’ Climate Communication Apollo Project in the Climate Solutions Pitch. To learn more about the finalists, go HERE.

Slam Arianne Teherani, PhD Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a research faculty member in the Office of Research and Development in Medical Education at UCSF, is one of the UC Faculty Climate Action Champions working to build community engagement and awareness of climate change and to discover and implement solutions. She presented at the Slam on her work to develop a new curriculum for health professionals that takes into account sustainability issues on health.

First place in the Climate Impact category went to: Alexis Shusterman, BEACO2N: High-Resolution Carbon Monitoring, UC Berkeley and first place in the Climate Solution category went to Eric Walters, Fungal-Bacterial Coculture for Biofuel Production, UC Davis. The winners won cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. You can learn more about the winners HERE.