Steve developed the Climate Action Training Program (CAT).
The CAT program is an integrated training program for graduate students with career interests in climate and sustainability. Graduate students are climate scholars from a variety of programs at UC Irvine with education backgrounds ranging from Anthropology to Chemistry. These scholars participate in seminars, workshops, short courses, and internships to improve their ability to communicate about climate change. In addition, the program allows students to train for climate-related careers with faculty and non-academic partners.
The non-academic partners engaged in the program are experts in environmental challenges. They include:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- the Southern CA Coastal Water Research Project
- Southern California Public Radio
- the Cities of Irvine and Newport Beach
- UC Irvine Sustainability Initiative.
These partners help design academic programs and provide internships for the climate scholars. In return, these partners benefit from fresh ideas and access to well-trained graduates ready to tackle climate-related problems.
Translating big ideas into tangible climate solutions
Climate scholars walk away from the CAT program with transferrable skills in data analysis, communication, and professional development. They are ready for the next steps in their careers. Ultimately, these students learn to translate big ideas into tangible climate solutions. This program builds UC Irvine’s partnerships with non-academic organizations and ability to address climate challenges.