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Fellowships for UC Carbon Neutrality and Global Food Initiatives

UC is a national leader in sustainability and has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, becoming the first major university to commit to this goal. UC President Napolitano created the Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC) to advise her on how to achieve the Carbon Neutrality goal for the UC System.  President Drake has recognized the value of the Council and has continued rely on the Council for guidance. 

Every year, UCOP funds the GCLC recommended Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the Global Food Initiative with Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellowships and Global Food Initiative (GFI) Fellowships to fund research projects across the University of California’s ten campuses. 

Announcing FY23 fellowships!

We are excited to announce the recruitment of the FY22-23 CNI and GFI fellowship year. The purpose of these fellowships is to engage the entire university community in seeking out the best practices, policies and technology to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability. These fellowships provide a $4000 stipend and are open to those currently enrolled in a degree program, residency, fellowship, or postdoc program in the Graduate Division or the professional schools at UCSF. Both Engagement fellowships will receive an additional $1000 in funding for food, giveaways, and incentives to engage their target audience.  Applications deadline extended to July 1, 2022 (original date was Jun 27, 2022). Below are the fellowship projects with links to more detailed descriptions and deliverables:

FY2022-23 Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellowships

Campus Engagement Fellowship – engage students, faculty, and staff through three events towards achieving the UC Carbon Neutrality goals. Campus Engagement Fellowship project proposal.

Health Engagement Fellowship – engage UCSF Health staff through 3 events towards achieving the UC Carbon Neutrality goals. Health Engagement Fellowship project proposal.

Climate Resilience Fellowship – Support the Climate Resilience Team by engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders to integrate their perspectives into the process, complete a climate impact assessment for UCSF; identify and share best practices for improving operational and community resilience; and supporting a Climate Resilience workshop. Climate Resilience Fellowship project proposal.

Operating Room Energy Fellowship – Work with UCSF Health Energy Team to identify scope 1 and 2 emissions related to operating room energy demand, develop mitigation strategies, create a facility based, energy efficient setback checklist, and more. Operating Room Energy Fellowship project proposal.

Campus Electrification Fellowship - Work with the Campus Energy team to inventory natural gas usage, identify alternative electrical equipment to reduce carbon emissions, facilitate an inventory to create a electrification feasibility study. Campus Electrification Fellowship project proposal.

Please see the UCOP’s Announcement and Responsibilities of the CNI fellowship.

FY22-23 Global Food Initiative Fellowships

Bottle Filler Campaign Fellowship – Support UCSF’s Wellness and Community project to install and promote use of bottle fillers to support the “water as a human right” concept, educating UCSF staff/visitors on water quality, hydration benefits, locations of bottle fillers, tracking bottle filler usage, and reporting. Bottle Filler Campaign Fellowship project proposal.

Sustainable Food Tracking Fellowship – Work with UCSF Retail Services and food vendors to devise an efficient and accurate sustainable food purchasing tracking tool for annual reporting to UC Office of the President and facilitate increased sustainable food spend. Sustainable Food Tracking Fellowship project proposal.

Please see the UCOP’s Announcement and Responsibilities of the GFI fellowship.

Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and letter of intent discussing your relevant background, skill sets, and commitment to the project. Documents should be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Deadline to apply is July 1 2022. Applicants will be notified by July 15, 2022.


Past Fellowships

Please see the below past successful fellowship projects for examples:

FY20-21 CNI fellows

1) Karly Hampshire - Outreach/Engagement Fellow - poster
2)  Sarah Schear - Outreach/Engagement fellowship for UCSF Health - poster
3) Adriana Gardner - Pharmaceutical Waste Patient and Staff Education - poster
4) Amy Rosenwohl-Mack - Benefits of Telehealth / Telework - poster pending

GFI fellows pending

FY 19-20 GFI and CNI Fellows

CNI Fellows:

Colin Baylen: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Stephen Ettinger: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Joint Project: Carbon Offsets for Faculty Travel Poster

Jerry Lui: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Project: Dentistry waste and Energy Reduction - Poster

Outreach Ambassadors:
Bennett Kissel: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Angelina Tong: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Project: Multidisciplinary Seminar Series/ Quarterly Panel Discussion on Climate and Health Poster

Administrative contact for CNI Fellows:  Gail Lee, UCSF Sustainability Director, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Cell: 415-307-8945

GFI Fellows:

Ami Bhow: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), MHA student and engagement fellow
Project: Food Waste Segregation Program

Rhon Guan: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), dietetic intern
Cool Food Challenge

Shana Johnson: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), dietetic intern
Cool Food Challenge

Administrative contact for GFI Fellows:  Dan Henroid, Nutrition and Food Services Director, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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CNI Fellows

PAST CNI AND GFI FELLOWS

2018-2019

GFI: Andrea Pedroza-Tobias, M.Sc. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Graduate Student, Ph.D. in Global Health Sciences
Project: Dietary recommendations in adults with impaired blood glucose in Morelos, Mexico.
See Poster

GFI: Jason M. Nagata, M.D., M.Sc. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Graduate Student, ATCR Certificate Program, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Project: Food Insecurity and Cardiometabolic Risk in US Young Adults
See Poster
See article published in JAMA Neurology

GFI:Mohamed Bailor Barrie, MBChB, MMSc. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Ph.D. Student in Global Health Sciences
Project: Ebola-affected households: food security and quality of life impacts in Kono District, Sierra Leone
See Poster

CNI: Ereca Nguyen .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, Class of 2020
Project: Safe drug take-back program, continuing sustainability elective course
See Poster

CNI:
Jerry Liu .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Candidate
Claire Skach .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Candidate
Project: Expansion of current sustainability elective courses
Project: Implementing sustainable practices in the SOD clinic, curriculum, and with practitioners
See Poster (shared project)

Geraldine Tran, MD .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), UCSF General Surgery Residency (PGY1), UCSF Department of Radiology T32 Post-doctoral fellow
Proposal: Quantification of MRI energy demands: a pilot study evaluating potential for energy savings
See Poster

2017-2018
CNI: Hugo Aguilar & Yaser Khoshal
- Development of an elective course related to climate change and health, as well as an inter-professional RCO on sustainability issues.
- Earth Health Seminar course, Sustainability in Healthcare; See poster

CNI: Gabriela Weigel & Carolyn Rennels
- Women, the environment, and physician activism: Encouraging activism through education
See Project goals, poster and flyer

CNI: Clifford Bielinski, MD- Improving energy efficiency in the operating rooms; See poster

GFI: J. Daniel Kelly, MD, MPH -The impact of food insecurity on Ebola-related infections and mortality in hotspots of the Sierra Leone Ebola epidemic; See poster

GFI: Tammy Nicastro- Assessing the Perceived Impacts of an Integrated HIV Care and Agricultural Livelihood Intervention Program (IHLP) on Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition in Western Kenya Through a Qualitative Secondary Analysis; See poster

GFI: Emily Tuthill, PhD, RN- Current and chronic food insecurity: its impact on depression and emotional mental health among women living with HIV in the U.S; See project

GFI: Jason Parad, MPH, MBE- Closing the Global Food Gap on Activism: A Case Study of Beef-Free UC; See poster

GFI: Briton Lee, BA - Closing the Global Food Gap on Activism: A Case Study of Beef-Free UC;  See poster


2016-2017

CNI:  Hugo Aguilar and Yaser Khoshal -  Expanding on the success of Earthealth1, a ten-week lunchtime elective for credit, outreach and engagement of the UCSF student community and through student news outlets;  See syllabus.
CNI:  Brittany Zhang and Daniel Ta - A ten week elective consisting of a series of lunchtime lectures with guest speakers, sharing UCSF sustainability accomplishments at UCSF hosted conferences.  See syllabus and poster presented at CHESC.
CNI:  Jason Lang - Identifying opportunities for energy and waste reduction in the Operating rooms at Parnassus
GFI:  Rashon Lane - In Search of Meaning: The Social Structural Factors that Impact Lived Experiences of Women of Color Living with HIV in Their Management of Multiple Chronic Illness

2015-2016

CNI:  Alex Schrobenhauser-Clonan, MS4, Student Outreach and Engagement Fellow, EARTHEALTH1:  Earth and Health Are One
CNI:  Nicole Jackman, MD, Reduction of Fresh Gas Flows in Anesthesia
Poster:  Economic and Environmental Impact of Optimizing Fresh Gas Flow Use with Inhaled Anesthetics
GFI:  Mathew Spinelli, MD, Impact of Food Insecurity on HIV Tx
Poster: Food Insecurity is Associated with Worse HIV Clinical Outcomes Among Women in the United States
GFI: J. Daniel Kelly, Postdoc, Food Insecurity, Poor Nutrition and Other Risk Factors of Ebola-Infected Patients
Poster: Anatomy of an Asymptomatic Ebola ‘Hotspot’
GFI:  Mike Reid, MD, Diabeltes, Diet, And Microbial Translocation in HIV infected women
Poster: Association of Markers of Gut Microbial Translocation and Inflammation with Insulin Resistance in HIV-infected Persons
Faculty Champion:  Arianne Teherani, PhD, Incorporating climate change and health into curriculum, May Workshop and December Workshop

2014-2015

CNI: Nicole Jackman, MD, UCSF Resident, Dr. Nicole Jackman Presents at Climate Neutrality Conference
GFI:  Jacob Mirsky, MD, Student Fellowship Provides Sustainable Food Solutions
GFI:  Jonathan Schor, MS1, Can Your Cell Phone Help You Eat Better?


Interested in becoming a Future CNI or GFI Fellow?

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR CNI FELLOW

Selections will be made by project sponsors or a committee comprised of members of the Academic Senate Committee on Sustainability.

QUESTIONS

CNI Fellowship: For questions about the application process or the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, your program focus or current activities, please contact UCSF CNI Representative and UCSF Campus and Medical Center Sustainability Director, Gail Lee, (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-307-8945).

GFI Fellowship:  For questions about the application process or the Global Food Initiative, your program focus or current activities, please contact UCSF GFI Representative and UCSF Health Sustainability Officer, Dan Henroid (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 415-353-1348).