Are you passionate about climate action and sustainability? Would you be excited to make a two-year commitment to support statewide level climate related work with Chancellor Sonya Christian and the Chancellor’s Office?

If so, please apply for this exciting opportunity to become a Chancellor’s Climate Fellow. Fellowships are available in four focus areas including community engagement, curriculum development, workforce and campus facilities.

Time Commitment

The anticipated commitment is between 40% and 100% of a full-time load for two years, subject to negotiation with administration at the college/district.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a one-page statement of interest that identifies the area of focus you are interested in, which college you work with and your role at the college, and your preliminary thoughts on engagement in the selected area of focus. Focus areas include community engagement, curriculum development, workforce and campus facilities.

Submit applications to:


  • Applications are due Friday, May 3. 
  • Applicants notified of status by Monday, May 27.

Areas of Focus

The Chancellor’s Climate Fellows may engage in one the following areas:

Climate Action - Community Engagement

  • Consider ways in which faculty and staff can support climate change and sustainability goals of Vision 2030 through collaboration with community organizations.
  • In partnership with the Chancellor’s Office create a framework for the development of Community Benefits Plans (CBP) which increasingly is a requirement for federal and state grants.
  • Develop grant proposals to support strategies for campuses and communities to obtain additional resources for ongoing work.

Climate Action - Curriculum

  • Consider ways in which faculty can support efforts to advance climate action education and engagement.
  • Engage faculty to find discipline specific examples of sustainability in their curriculum and ways to disseminate this information statewide.
  • Develop a statewide framework, partnering with ASCCC and the Chancellor’s Office, on strategies to embed climate action and sustainability topics into general curriculum.

Climate Action - Workforce

  • In partnership with the Chancellor’s Office Workforce and Economic Development Division (WED), develop a framework to assess how the workforce needs of industries are impacted.
  • Identify opportunities to develop living laboratories for students to engage in meaningful hands-on learning opportunities.
  • In partnership with the Chancellor’s Office WED Division develops proposals for funding through grants for innovative initiatives.

Climate Action - Campus Facilities

  • Develop statewide implementation framework for the facilities sustainability goals established by the Board of Governors and Vision 2030.  This will include the creation and/or updating of administrative policies and plans, including district sustainability plans to move toward the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2035.
  • In partnership with the Chancellor’s Office Facilities Division, apply for grants and other funding opportunities to advance the goals of Vision 2030.

Expectations and Deliverables

The Chancellor’s Climate Fellow will engage in one or more activities that could include but are not limited to the following:

  • Engage in climate action and sustainability work on a statewide level in partnership with the Chancellor and Chancellor’s Office.
  • Engage faculty and staff in conversations at the regional and statewide level.
  • Develop a landscape analysis and learn how others are engaging in this work across the nation. 
  • Assist the Chancellor’s Office with and recommend relevant demonstration projects in sustainability, workforce development, community resilience, curriculum development or resource development.
  • Participate in statewide and regional webinars, workshops, and events to provide professional learning opportunities for community college faculty and staff to promote Vision 2030 priorities, including, but not limited to:
    • Strategies to improve student achievement as it relates to climate action and sustainability.
    • Strategies to improve community college operations. 
    • System leadership training to better coordinate planning and implementation of statewide initiatives.
    • Conduct policy research and develop and disseminate effective practices.
    • Provide written status updates and recommendations to the Chancellor’s Office. 
    • Create a campus level staffing plan for climate work, including recommendations for establishing committees and workgroups.
    • Identify grant opportunities and make proposals on how to sustain ongoing work.