Offered in the context of the global climate negotiations, this program challenges student teams around the world to propose ideas for local-scale projects that will yield measurable results over the course of six months. This program is free and open to students at all levels of their higher education journey. It is offered by the University of Pennsylvania Environmental Innovations Initiative on behalf of the International Sustainable Campus Network. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 30.
ABOUT THE FORUM
The Global University Climate Forum brings student activists together to share ideas, learn, connect, and act on the global imperative of addressing climate change. Offered in the context of the global climate negotiations, this program challenges student teams around the world to propose ideas for local-scale projects that will yield measurable results over the course of six months. Accepted teams become a cohort that learns together, networks, shares ideas, and contributes to a growing body of inspirational projects that demonstrate the capacity of today’s youth to lead and have an impact.
All proposals must be actionable by students without extensive contingencies and should be designed to yield measurable results over the course of six months. Proposals may reflect ongoing projects and activities so long as they are the intellectual capital of the students applying and there is a projected measurable outcome during the duration of the Forum implementation period. Students will be required to attend online workshops and encouraged to interact with each other over the six months of the Forum. Final projects will be collected into an online publication and showcased in an event after the 2023 climate COP in Abu Dhabi.
The Environmental Innovations Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania leads the Global University Climate Forum on behalf of the International Sustainable Campus Network as a way to engage and inspire the next generation of climate leaders and showcase the value of academic institutions as the Knowledge Sector.
Learn more about the 16 projects in the 2022 cohort here. The outcomes of the 2020-2021 and 2022 cohorts are featured in the publication, The Knowledge Sector: The role of Higher Education Institutions in addressing Global Environmental Challenges, which contains contributions from Christiana Figueres and Patricia Espinosa, previous Executive Secretaries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
30 March 2023: application deadline (midnight EST)
15 April 2023: selected teams to be announced
April 2023: Students are required to participate in orientation workshops
May 2023: Monthly reporting and online events commence
16 October 2023: final reports due
30 November to 12 December 2023: COP28 in Abu Dhabi