Climate Champions2017-10-03T10:39:35-07:00

As the University of California steps up efforts to eliminate its carbon footprint, it has named Faculty Climate Action Champions at each campus to work with students on projects aimed at building community engagement and awareness.


Ken Hiltner, UC Santa Barbara

Ken Hiltner created the Environmental Humanities Initiative to teach students and staff how they can use the humanities to understand our environment and mitigate climate change. 

Steve Allison, UC Irvine

Steve Allison developed an integrative training program for climate scholars that utilizes the expertise of multi-disciplinary faculty and non-academic partners. These scholars will translate big ideas into tangible climate solutions.

Sue Carter, UC Santa Cruz

Sue Carter established the sustainability lab (S-lab) to promote reductions in carbon emissions and sustainable use of natural resources. The S-lab provides students with indoor and outdoor laboratory space and educational tools and resources.

Michael Dawson, UC Merced

Mike Dawson created the LINES project (Leadership & INnovation in Environment and Sustainability) to connect campus leaders and the community. This project uses lines—such as shorelines, treelines, and skylines—to explore how climate change is affecting natural systems.

Alex Hall, UCLA

Alex Hall developed an educational and public outreach project to “downscale” information from global climate models. He is creating high-resolution projections of future climate at the neighborhood scale. This will give communities the knowledge of how climate change will affect them

Gretchen Hofmann, UC Santa Barbara

Gretchen Hofmann created a team of climate change outreach specialists who are skilled in communication about issues important to the California coast.

Kurt Kornbluth, UC Davis

Kurt Kornbluth works with UC Davis facilities management to identify on-campus opportunities for carbon reduction. He has also created new climate-focused, project-based curriculum through his collaborations with faculty from multiple disciplines.

Claire Napawan, UC Davis

Claire Napawan expanded her collaborative work using social media to bring climate change awareness. With #OurChangingClimate she is encouraging diverse communities to critique their every day environment through the lens of climate change.

Mihri Ozkan, UC Riverside

Mihri Ozkan is leading a campus campaign to increase recycling rates to 100%. She hosts lectures across the UC system on green technology and is working with Riverside Public Utilities to increase public awareness of eco-friendly technologies.

Robert Pomeroy, UC San Diego

Robert (Skip) Pomeroy collaborated with centers and faculty to use marine algae as a source of clean energy. With this algae-based biofuel, his team has built a surfboard and fueled a motorcycle. He will help us surf our way into

Whendee Silver, UC Berkeley

Whendee Silver created a “garbage to grasslands” project that captures organic waste and applies it to rangelands. This project will serve as a catalyst for engaging the public and policy makers in land-based climate change mitigation.

Arianne Teherani, UC San Francisco

Arianne Teherani created a groundbreaking curriculum to teach medical students and other future health professionals about the impacts of climate change on human health. Her work is designed to help future doctors, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, and dentists understand and