Fellow Spotlight: Jordi Vasquez

Fellowship Type: Carbon Neutrality Initiative for Student Engagement

Campus: UC Santa Cruz

Degree Objective: Earth Sciences B.S. at UC Santa Cruz

Project Description: Jordi is an engagement fellow supporting the UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Office in Carbon Neutrality projects, focusing on a long-range development plan and the implementation of a Climate & Energy Strategy report.

What impact does your fellowship work have on your campus, your community, the state, or the world? Jordi aims to engage the campus and community in carbon neutrality and how it will effect UC Santa Cruz. He also educates students on carbon neutral practices that he hopes will be useful throughout their careers.

What is a recent success in your project? Jordi just finished calculating the metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted from UC Santa Cruz air travel, commuting, and waste data. This data will help UC Santa Cruz better understand where emission reductions can be made and helps UC Santa Cruz seek higher rankings for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) awards.

Why are you interested in the Climate Neutrality Initiative? Jordi thinks that mitigation of climate change is more proactive than adaptation and still provides the opportunity of slowing effects we could experience from climate change down road as soon as 30 years from now.

What do you hope to do in the future using the tools you developed during the fellowship? In the future, Jordi hopes to have a career in the field of mitigating and adapting to the global effects of climate change.

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