Climate Action Student Collaborative

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

The program will begin early September 2021, and is intended for undergraduate 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 Fall 2021 participants:

  • What we are looking for in Fall 2021 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;

  • Collaboration, relationship and trust building; 

  • Complexity and systems thinking; and

  • Climate justice.

Eligibility

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

  • Be a current undergraduate student at SFU; and

  • 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)

Format and Delivery

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

The Climate Action Student Collaborative will be delivered through three online components as described below, including two required program components and one optional component.

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. 
  • Four modules will be released bi-weekly (September 15, 29; October 13, 27) through the Fall 2021. Participants can complete these modules at their own pace within the Fall 2021 semester. 
  • A final assignment will be due on November 29.

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

  • Participants are required to participate in three live/real-time group dialogue sessions with other participants and program coordinators: 
        Meeting #1 (Tuesday, September 14 -- 5 PM to 7 PM)
        Meeting #2 (Tuesday, October 12 -- 5 PM to 7 PM)
        Meeting #3 (Tuesday, November 30 -- 5 PM to 7 PM)

3. One optional mid-term live/synchronous online group meeting

  • Participants have the option of participating in an additional group meeting to connect with other students interested in climate action.
    Optional meeting (Tuesday, October 27 -- 5 PM to 7 PM)

Work at your own pace within the semester

The Climate Action Student Collaborative has been made flexible in the following ways:

  • Modules 1 to 4 can be completed at your own pace throughout the Fall 2021 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 Fall 2021 semester. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the program be delivered?

The Climate Action Student Collaborative will be delivered through three online components. Completion of asynchronous activities in Canvas and active participation in the live sessions are requirements for program completion (to receive Co-Curricular Record recognition)

  • Online modules (required)
    • Asynchronous learning activities (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, media, and short reflection activities. 
    • Four modules will be released bi-weekly (September 30; October 14, 28; November 11) through the Fall 2020, and students can complete these modules at their own pace within the Fall 2020 semester. 
    • A final assignment will be due on November 30. 
  • 2 live/real-time group dialogue sessions (required)
    • Participants are required to participate in two live/real-time group dialogue sessions with other participants and program coordinators: 
      • Introductory session (Tuesday, September 29 - 5-7 pm) 
      • Wrap-up session (Tuesday, December 1 - 5-7 pm)
  • 1 optional mid-term live/real-time group meeting
    • Participants have the option of participating in a live/real-time group meeting to connect with other students interested in climate action and the program coordinators. 
      • Optional check-in session (Tuesday, October 27 - 5-7 pm)

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: September 15, 29; October 13, 27

Required

Online modules 

  • The online modules will be released bi-weekly on Canvas on the following dates: September 15, 29; October 13, 27

Final Assignment

  • The final assignment will be released on Canvas on November 10

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

1 mid-term live/synchronous group meeting

Optional

1 meeting x 2 hours = 2 hours

Total time commitment: 22-24 hours

Am I eligible to take this program?

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

  • Be a current undergraduate 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)
  • Be available to attend the required live group dialogue sessions

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. 

Apply now

Fill in the Climate Action Student Collaborative - Program Application Websurvey by 9:00am PST on Monday, August 23, 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. Link to

We will let you know if you have been accepted to the program by the end of the day on Friday, August 27th.

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, September 14th (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 the Sustainability Office). 

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

For more information about the SFU Sustainability Office: https://www.sfu.ca/sustainability/contact/SustainabilityOffice.html