UC San Diego Sustainability Ambassadors Program

The Sustainability Ambassadors Program is a registered campus student organization sponsored by the UC San Diego Sustainability Office and the  UC Office of the President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative. This program aims to educate and engage students through peer education and programming to raise awareness of UC San Diego’s efforts to reach carbon neutrality and encourage students to implement sustainable living methods. Volunteer ambassadors will work under the direction of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Fellow and the Sustainability Program Office.

Ambassadors will be trained to educate other students on sustainability issues through workshops, projects and social media engagement activities at the Sustainability Resource Center. Each Sustainability Ambassador will become knowledgeable about the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) and focus on informing and engaging students on personal, campus-wide and global changes that can be made to reach CNI goals. Six ambassador positions are available for the 2017-18 academic year.

Benefits of being a Sustainability Ambassador include:

  • Enhancing communication, decision-making and leadership skills
  • Improved presentation, teaching and facilitation skills
  • Gaining extensive knowledge of an interdisciplinary model of sustainability education
  • Being part of a skilled, fun, diverse team of students committed to educating their peers about sustainability
  • Creating, maintaining and enhancing relations with campus sustainability staff and faculty
  • Gaining valuable experience for future employment and academic endeavors

CCR Approved Volunteer Opportunity

CCR, or Co-Curricular Record, recognizes the work students do outside the classroom by recording the experience on an official document that accompanies the UC San Diego transcript. Students who volunteer for 30+ hours during the 2017-18 academic year with UC San Diego Sustainability are eligible for this program. Learn more about CCR.

Position Description

Positions available: 6
Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30
Location: Sustainability Resource Center
Duration: Three academic quarters (Fall 2017, Winter and Spring 2018)
Hours: 5-6 hours per week

Duties include:

  • Attending weekly team meetings with the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow
  • Attending two training sessions a week from Week 2 through Week 9
  • Assisting the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow in planning and hosting a Climate Change Forum during Spring Quarter 2018
  • Assisting as needed with implementing sustainability related events (UC San Diego’s Earth Month, Green Talks, Founder’s Day, department and student organization’s events, etc.)
  • Creating small- and large-scale presentations to be presented in various locations to various campus groups
  • Coordinating do-it-yourself projects that help to reduce consumerism in our daily lives
  • Liaising with campus committees and stakeholders


  • Demonstrated understanding of sustainability concepts
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proven ability to independently manage projects
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers
  • Commitment to UC San Diego values of community, diversity and sustainability

Submit an Application


If you have questions, please contact the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Fellow, Riya Sony or UC San Diego Sustainability.