UVa Decarbonization Academy

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The Teaching & Research Sub-Committee of the University Sustainability Committee, with support from the Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI), is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Summer Decarbonization Academy. The Academy will occur June 13 to August 5, 2022 and provide a hands-on learning experience for rising third-years, fourth-years, and graduate students currently enrolled in any UVA program interested in working towards UVA’s goals of being and carbon-neutral by 2030 and fossil fuel-free by 2050. Student participants will receive $5000 for the summer.

Participants will engage with faculty and staff through the program's two signature components. First, participants will complete a hands-on, individual decarbonization learning experience (“project”). Second, participants will complete group-based shared learning activities to develop connections among the fellows and foster dissemination of cutting-edge content.

Application Process

Brooke Cagle

Interested students should complete an application no later than April 29, 2022 (5 PM). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with notification of all accepted fellows no later than May 9, 2022. Academy events will meet in person, in Charlottesville, with flexibility for fellows to participate virtually if needed. For questions, please contact the program director, Professor Lisa Colosi Peterson lmc6b@virginia.edu).

Important Dates 

  • Applications open: April 14, 2022  

  • Applications close**: April 29, 2022 

  • Participants are notified: May 9, 2022 

  • Program begins: June 13, 2022 

  • Midterm deliverables due: July 11, 2022 

  • Program ends (final papers due): August, 2022 

  • Symposium and Final Celebration: August 21, 2022  

**Participants will be selected and notified on a rolling basis. The committee will slot participants into specific projects, taking into consideration the experience and interests of the applicants.