The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) Collaborative Sustainability Fellowship Program is focused on solutions to pressing climate and environmental issues that require collaborative approaches to problem solving. We are focused on building and supporting multi-disciplinary cohorts of students, community members, staff, and faculty to mobilize and accelerate efforts to achieve climate resilience, environmental protection and social equity goals. Our Fellows work on collaborative projects with a high emphasis on building and/or advancing local capacity and relationships via real-world outcomes.
The Climate Action Community Listening Sessions project seeks to engage a wide variety of Tucson’s citizens in the generative process of envisioning a resilient, sustainable community that has a special focus on materially supporting the residents of Tucson who are on the frontlines of climate impacts. The focus is on indigenous communities, communities of color, youth, elders, the houseless community, and outdoor workers. We are training community members to facilitate conversations within existing networks and organizations. To create meaningful and transformative change for our community, there is an imperative to facilitate deep, intersectional, and interdisciplinary relationships with community partners to collectively support the development of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). The primary deliverable is to identify climate action priorities for the Tucson region for the CAAP.
The primary objective of the Tucson GSI project is to “establish, implement and disseminate a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) maintenance protocol for the City of Tucson via a collaborative, participatory dialogue process.” The team also aims to engage the community in capacity building through training programs for GSI maintenance, complete a process of implementing, testing, monitoring, and evaluating the newly developed GSI protocol, and share the findings of their project widely. The primary desired outcome of the overall project is increased collaboration within the City of Tucson and between the city government and community members on GSI maintenance. Related desired outcomes include better natural resource management practices by the City of Tucson and increased resilience of both human communities and natural ecosystems. Other desired outcomes of both the project and the work by UC3 interns on the guidebook and brochures are a better-trained Arizona workforce for stormwater management through a curriculum designed and aided by student input, and opportunities for UArizona students in experiential learning.
We are interested in learning about additional project ideas for our cohorts. If you would like to suggest projects for UC3 Fellows to pursue that advance local sustainability and climate action, please contact Neha Gupta, UC3 Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) We encourage you to submit as much detail as possible, including suggested project leader(s), partners (including organizations), expected products or outcomes, suggest forms of collaboration, and progress to-date (if applicable).