Faculty Climate Change Curriculum Workshop and Networking Event

In 2015, the University of California launched the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, committing our university to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. To help ensure the success of this initiative, each UC campus was allotted funds to host a faculty curriculum workshop and networking event. This curriculum funding leverages faculty expertise to infuse climate change education across disciplines and enhance UC San Diego students’ educational experience, particularly for those whose focus is not on climate change science and sustainability topics.


Dr. Jane Teranes (LSOE, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and Sara McKinstry (Sustainability Director) will be coordinating UC San Diego’s workshop and networking events based on a successful model from the Associate for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and a system-wide training workshop.

All faculty participants will attend a one-day workshop and a follow-up networking event. The workshop will be a discussion of climate change content and an opportunity to brainstorm with colleagues on how to incorporate relevant aspects of climate change into existing courses.

Faculty will then have six months to create a new module, lecture, assignment or lab exercise for an existing course that they teach. All faculty will gather again to share their experiences and report results in a campus-wide networking event.

Both events will be held at the UC San Diego campus.

  • One-day workshop: April 15, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Networking event: October 7, 2016, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Participant Funding

We currently have funding for 20 faculty members to participate. Each faculty participant will receive a total of $1,200. Following the workshop, each participant is provided $1,000 in funds transferred to a departmental research account of their choice. Funds are available for expenses such as, instructional media, material costs, travel, research supplies, salary for developing course content, graduate student research support, instruction enhancement, or any other purpose allowed by that account. Each participant receives an additional $200 following their contribution to the networking event on Oct. 7.

How to Apply

This workshop is open to all UC San Diego Senate faculty who teach an existing undergraduate course. We encourage all departments to participate and any existing undergraduate course will be considered. No prior experience with teaching or research in climate change is necessary.

To be considered for this opportunity, provide the following information to Jane Teranes, (858) 822-2099 as soon as possible. To recruit more discplines to the workshop (from psychology to visual arts), the deadline has been extended and more open-ended. 

  • Name
  • Teaching title
  • Department affiliation
  • Name and description of an existing course that you teach and plan to modify based on the workshop

With the intent of impacting the greatest number of students with this program, preference will be given to applications who propose frequently offered courses, required courses and/or high enrollment courses.