Reducing or eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from the environment ("decarbonization") will help avoid the worst impacts of climate change. To accomplish this, there must be massive transformations across all economic sectors as well as advances in sciences, technology, business, and policy.
UVA's Environmental Institute proudly announces, in 2023, a new initiative called the Decarbonization Corps.
The goal of the Corps is to increase the pace of decarbonization through faculty-led translational research projects conducted in conjunction with a practitioner, supported by a student intern.
Projects in the Decarbonization Corps will focus on the innovation and entrepreneurship needed to drive systemic change.
The program provides an inclusive and diverse experience. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Faculty at UVA should apply with a project concept in mind.
Project descriptions may include a pre-identified practitioner but EI is available to assist connecting faculty with outside organizations.
To get started: email the Decarbonization Corps Program Manager, Jonah Fogel. Please include a brief statement of interest with the following:
- a project description (1/2-page max),
- the name of a practitioner's host organization, and
- the name of the student intern, if available.
(Faculty are welcome to submit a project description with request for assistance connecting with host organizations. EI is also available to recruit interns for specific projects if requested.)
Projects must be completed in a 10-week period during the summer, and practitioners should provide students with a meaningful workplace experience.
Funds are available to support faculty and students. Appropriate use of funds includes: meals and travel, research activities, and educational or translational activities.