Climate Action Fellowship Program

About The Fellowship

The Climate Action Fellow program was previously known as the Carbon Neutrality Fellow program. These fellowships continue to advance UC climate action and engagement, just under a new, more descriptive, and more inclusive name.

The University of California, a national leader in sustainability, launched the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) in 2013 with an aim of emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its activities, buildings, and vehicle fleets by 2025.

UC Davis is committed to: teaching and research that explores climate change solutions; expanding its energy efficiency efforts; increasing its use of renewably sourced energy; and undertaking other endeavors to achieve this goal. In order to reach carbon neutrality, it will be critical to engage the entire UC Davis community. 

To encourage student engagement in the CNI and in general sustainability efforts at UC Davis, and to support work that students are doing to advance sustainable practices on the UC Davis campus, the Bonnie Reiss Climate Action Fellowship Program (formerly known as the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellowship Program) was created in Spring 2015. Fellowships are awarded to three outstanding undergraduate or graduate students every year. 


Applications are due Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 11:59 PM.

To apply:

  1. Carefully review the Call for Applications document at .
  2. Fill out the application form at, save your filled-out copy as a PDF named “Yourlastnamehere_CAF_22-23”
  3. Include your current resume and your current advising transcript (official transcripts are NOT required) in PDF format, and
  4. Send all documents to in an email with the subject line “[YOURLASTNAME] 22-23 CAF Application”.

Applications are due Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 11:59 PM.

Current Fellows (2021-22) 

  • Mariah Padilla (Community and Regional Development)
  • Aleesa Palmer (Environmental Design) 
  • Allie Larman (Community and Regional Development/Spanish)
  • Ramya Chandrasekaran (Environmental Science and Management) 

Past Fellows and Projects