Climate Action Student Collaborative

Embark Sustainability and SFU Sustainability are excited to announce the third iteration of the co-run and co-designed sustainability leadership program for students! This co-curricular program will support SFU students in acquiring valuable sustainability career skills, while also counting towards student’s Co-Curricular Record. 

The program will begin early January 2022 and is intended for SFU students who are looking to enhance their understanding of climate change and climate justice, gain tangible project management skills, and prepare for their post-SFU careers.

About the Climate Action Student Collaborative

The Climate Action Student Collaborative is a comprehensive program that is designed to support the beginning of student exploration of a diverse range of climate action topics. It is meant to be flexible, in order to enable students to complete the program components at a pace that works for their unique needs. 

Participants in the Climate Action Student Collaborative will:

  • Explore the meaning of climate action through self-paced online modules, including readings, activities, and individual assignments;
  • Learn about project management and change leadership through a climate action lens
  • Think about climate action critically through an equity and climate justice lens
  • Meet like-minded peers in live, virtual dialogue sessions
  • Gain the tools needed to work on future climate action projects with others

What we are looking for in Spring 2022 participants:

  • An enthusiasm to learn about the different forms climate action can take in different contexts, and an excitement to contribute to addressing them
  • Good time management skills and ability to balance academic and extracurricular commitments
  • Ability to work independently and stay motivated in a self-paced environment
  • A strong team player, willing to work cooperatively and respectfully in a small team-based setting with other participants.

What is Climate Action?

Effectively addressing climate change requires all of us, working across sectors, communities, and levels of governance, to take action at a level that is equal to the urgency of the crisis we are confronted with.

Climate action involves a diverse range of activities meant to limit further climate change (mitigation) and prepare for unavoidable impacts that are already being felt (adaptation). These activities and actions can be undertaken at various levels (e.g., personal, community, municipality, nation-state, and international).

The Climate Action Student Collaborative will focus on the design of climate action at the local and organizational level. There will also be an analysis of climate action through an intersectional lens, which centers the stories and innovation of communities who have been marginalized due to climate change, environmental degradation, and socio-economic indicators such as race.

Program Details

Core Topics

This program will focus on the considerations that go into the planning and implementation of climate action initiatives at a local / organizational level. It provides an introduction to project planning and management, systems change initiatives, and climate justice within the context of climate action planning.

The following topics, among others, will be covered in the program:

  • Project life cycle, from planning to implementation and evaluation;
  • Collaboration, relationship and trust building; 
  • Complexity and systems thinking; and
  • Climate justice, including Indigenous and disability justice. 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student at SFU
  • Have at least a foundational knowledge of the causes and impacts of anthropogenic climate change.
    (This program will not be providing participants with information about the science of climate change, therefore it is expected that participants will have a basic understanding of climate change. If you are applying as a grad student, please be aware that this program was designed to provide an introduction to climate action, justice, and project management)

Format and Delivery

Meetings for this program will be hosted virtually until further notice.

The program will be delivered through the online components described below, including three required and two optional group meetings (one group meeting may be held in person - TBC). 

1. Online modules (required program component)

  • Asynchronous learning activities (i.e., activities that are self-paced and not completed in real-time with other participants and the program coordinators) will be provided on Canvas. This includes reading materials, videos, and short reflection activities. 
  • Five modules will be released bi-weekly: January 19, February 2 and 16, March 2, and March 16. Participants can complete these modules at their own pace within the Spring 2022 semester. 
  • A final assignment will be due on April 5, 2022.

 2. Three live/synchronous online group meetings (required program component)

  • Five live/synchronous online group meetings with other participants and program coordinators (three are a required program component and two are an optional program component)
    • Meeting #1 (required): Tuesday, January 18, 2022 -- 5 PM to 7 PM
    • Meeting #2 (required): Tuesday, February 1, 2022 -- 5 PM to 7 PM
    • Meeting #3 (optional): Tuesday, February 15, 2022 -- 5 PM to 6 PM
    • Meeting # 4 (optional): Tuesday, March 1, 2022 -- 5 PM to 6 PM
    • Meeting # 5 (required): Tuesday, March 15, 2022 -- 5 PM to 7 PM

Work at your own pace within the semester

  • Modules 1 to 4 can be completed at your own pace throughout the Spring 2022 semester.
    • Each module will have a recommended completion date to help guide participants through the program in a timely manner, however, it is not required that the modules be completed by these recommended deadlines.

Online Modules (what to expect)

The content of each of the four required modules will vary, but participants should expect a mix of readings, assigned videos, group discussions, assignments, and personal reflection activities. 

Successful Program Completion

To successfully complete the program and receive Co-Curricular Record recognition, all required program components must be completed within the Spring 2022 semester. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment for the Climate Action Program?

Program Component

Required for Program Completion or Optional

Estimated Time Needed for Completion

Online modules 

The online modules will be released bi-weekly on Canvas on the following dates: January 19, February 2 and 16, and March 2

Required

Online modules 

  • 4 modules x approximately 3 hours each = 12 hours 

Final Assignment

  • The final assignment will be released on Canvas on March 16

Required

The final assignment will take approximately 4 hours to complete

3 live/synchronous group meetings

Required

3 meetings x 2 hours each = 6 hours

2 mid-term live/synchronous group meetings

Optional

2 meetings x 1 hour each = 2 hours

Total time commitment: approximately 24 hours

Will it cost anything?

  • No, this program is free of charge!

What happens if I miss one of the required group session due to unexpected circumstances?

We know that participants might need to miss a required synchronous session due to unforeseen circumstances, especially in these uncertain times. If this happens to you as a participant, please email casc-admin@sfu.ca as soon as possible to discuss how this session can be made up. 

I’m in! How do I sign up?

EXTENDED DEADLINE! Fill in the Climate Action Student Collaborative - Program Application Websurvey by 6:00pm PST on Sunday, December 12, 2021.

Please note, you cannot save your responses to return to later in this websurvey. We recommend downloading the Word document version of the websurvey which contains the questions you will need to respond to in the websurvey. Complete your responses to the questions in this document and then copy/paste them into the websurvey when you are ready to submit your application. 

In the meantime, you can get ready for the first session by booking the first live, real-time (and required) group dialogue session on Tuesday, January 18 (5pm-7pm) in your calendar!

Wait! I have some questions!

If you have questions about the program, please send an email to casc-admin@sfu.ca (your email will be sent to program coordinators in both Embark Sustainability and SFU Sustainability). 

For more information about Embark: http://www.embarksustainability.org/

For more information about the SFU Sustainability: http://www.sfu.ca/sustainability/about/sustainability-office.html