Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowships  

About The Fellowship

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, Bonnie Reiss Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship Program was created in Spring 2015. Fellowships are awarded to three outstanding undergraduate or graduate students every year. 


Applications for the 2021-2022 Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellowship are now closed. Please check back when the application process reopens.  Applications are generally available in the late spring.

Current Fellows and Projects (2020) 

  • Aleesa Palmer (Environmental Design) – Aleesa is coordinating research and engagement to increase awareness about carbon sequestration benefits provided trees and grasses. She is also working closely with Allie to promote CNI to the campus community. 
  • Allie Larman (Community and Regional Development/Spanish) – Allie is focused on student engagement and is the lead on social media efforts. She is currently teaching a Spring Quarter seminar on Student Leadership for Climate Change. 
  • Jenna Deutschman (Atmospheric Science) – Jenna is working on reducing consumption of palm oil by raising awareness of the harmful impacts and issues around palm oil and educating the campus community on what they can do. 

Past Fellows and Projects