UC Santa Barbara

July 8th – 11th, 2019

Climate Action

The Climate Action Speaker Selection Committee is excited to review this year’s proposals, we hope to see campus and statewide efforts in reaching carbon neutrality. We are looking forward to seeing new projects as well as the progression of past projects, and how they have adapted to changing conditions. We are eager to see how other topic areas are working to help mitigate climate change.

Specific topics we are interested in, but not confined to:

  • How to address climate denial in Washington: speaking proactively and positively in the recent presidential election
  • Carbon neutrality plans
  • How to effectively use science in policy conversations that evolve quickly
  • Climate action curriculum and literacy
  • Protocols and methodologies on reporting emissions
  • How to procure more renewables
  • Transition to fossil free energy: collaboration with energy managers
  • Carbon offsets: ways to purchase and types
    • Offsets as a strategy for neutrality
  • Climate Justice

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2017 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Climate Action” on the left hand side of the screen to see the climate action related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in renewable energy, overall sustainable design (new construction and major renovations), energy efficiency at the building level, energy efficiency at the campus level, large-scale planning, multi-campus partnerships and engagement, or one of our other categories this year. Several new award categories have been added! Please note that overall sustainable design projects must be completed by the time of submission but can have been completed in the past five years. In all other award categories, projects must have been completed in the past two years and must be complete. You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories. You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking. Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.