CalCAP 2.0 Internships

Project Lead: Kira Stoll

Sponsor: Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP), Office of Sustainability

CalCAP logoTGIF Grant: $9,000

Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Cal CAP 2.0 will support three student climate-related internships. The work performed by the interns will be integral to 1) the campus setting its next greenhouse gas emissions target, 2) the next campus Climate Action Plan, and 3) to achieving the CalCAP education objectives.

Goals: As of 2007, Chancellor Birgeneau committed the campus to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2014. It is time for the campus to take its next steps towards reaching climate neutrality by setting a new interim reduction target for year 2020. In the upcoming year, CalCAP will work to set this new target through student-led research, and the campus will complete a new Climate Action Plan identifying the mitigation strategies required to meet this new goal.

Project Implementation Plan

Task Time Frame
Start Project - Request Funds May 2013
First Installment of TGIF Funding June 2013
Staggered Hiring of Interns September 2013
Climate Research (majority of work to be completed in summer 2013) - Laurel Dunn will finalize methodology for evaluating campus steam related greenhouse gas emissions, and she is working on emissions projections to the year 2020. December 2013
Adaptation Associate/Report – Pascal Polonik will research the potential impacts of climate change in the Bay area and UCB campus in particular, and reach out to faculty for their research. March 2013
Socially Responsible Investing Associate/Workshop May 2013
Project complete and final report submitted; all funds expended July 2014

2013-2014 Accomplishments
  • Project Leader Kira Stoll hired students Pascal Polonik and Laurel Dunn to fill the intern positions of Adaptation Intern and Climate Researcher, respectively.
  • Adaptation Intern
    • Pascal Polonik has met with Professor David Ackerly from the Department of Integrative Biology. He is  also scheduling additional faculty meetings as part of his research on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Bay Area. Pascal has written a draft report on his findings, which is currently being edited. The report should be completed by the end of February, and will subsequently be sent out ot professors. 
  • Climate Researcher Intern
    • Laurel Dunn's work included evaluating a methodology for campus steam-related greenhouse gas emissions. The methodology is now being utilized by campus.
    • Laurel also prepared emissions projections to the year 2020, in order for the campus to evaluate reduction scenarios for setting the next GHG reduction target. This particular project will be continued by another student intern as Laurel completed her work at the end of August 2013.  The additional work includes further evaluation of reduction scenarios and assisting with the next Campus Climate Action Plan. 
  • Socially Responsible Investing Intern
    • This intern position will be filled in November/December, with a goal to still hold the SRI Personal Investing seminar in spring 2014.
  • RELATED NEWS ITEM OF NOTE: Two years early, UC Berkeley reaches its carbon-reduction target.
    • Press Release
    • Due to this milestone, a project update will be provided in June.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.