UCI’s “Campus as a Living Lab” (CLL) program is a hybrid seminar and internship experience that offers a unique interdisciplinary opportunity for undergrads to become sustainability leaders on campus while preparing for the green careers of the future. Students participate in a year-long seminar that introduces sustainability concepts and how they can be applied to our most pressing environmental, social, and economic challenges. Concurrently, each student partners with a UCI staff member working to improve the sustainability of campus operations and systems. Current partners include UCI-Nature, Dining, Housing, Environmental Planning & Sustainability, Facilities Management, and the Global Sustainability Resource Center.
The CLL program gives students valuable skills in project management, research, community outreach, and grant applications, preparing students for the growing “green jobs” market. CLL students help UCI achieve its campus sustainability goals and gain recognition as a sustainability leader. On-campus projects make direct and substantial contributions to UC sustainability commitments, such as the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the Global Food Initiative, and the Sustainable Practices Policy. CLL students have also applied for and won thousands of dollars in funding for their on-campus sustainability projects. Moreover, CLL helps UCI gain recognition for these sustainability efforts, helping our campus achieve the top spot in Sierra magazine’s “Coolest School” ranking for three years running, as well as our campus’ first-ever platinum rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s prestigious Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.
As an interdisciplinary program, CLL is open to upper-division undergraduate students from across campus. To apply for the 2019-2020 academic year, please complete the application form and email it to Dr. Jessica Garrison at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7, 2019.