Global Columbia Collaboratory

Global Columbia Collaboratory

Term: Academic Year, Spring, Summer, Fall

Reflect. Ideate. Collaborate. 

Program Notifications Sign-Up

Notify me when the application for this program is available

Apply for the FALL 2022

Global Columbia Collaboratory: Pathways to Decarbonization

Taking part in the Global Columbia Collaboratory provides you with a forum for learning about global issues from international experts and peers around the world.

You, the student participant, will sharpen your cross-cultural and collaborative skills, enhance your global network and develop ideas or your professional portfolios.

During the Fall 2022 Global Columbia Collaboratory you will learn from sustainability experts, preeminent scientists, and local NGO activist-practitioners about various solutions toward decarbonization and energy transition.

Through three Global Seminars, small group meetings, and a collaborative project as a deliverable, students will reflect, ideate, and collaborate to learn, discuss, and raise awareness about pathways to decarbonization and energy transition - all 100% virtually!

If you have any questions, write to globalcollab@columbia.edu.

Timeline and Expectations

Application due: Monday, September 5, 2022

Programming for the Collaboratory will take place over 10 weeks and students should expect to spend 3 - 4 hours a week engaged with Collaboratory content, seminars and activities. Students must participate in all events as part of joining the Fall 2022 Collaboratory.

Week 1: September 12 - 16

UNESCO Story Circles

Week 2: September 19 - 23

Global Seminar: Energy Systems and Land Use Planning. Land use policies impact every aspect of the transition to zero greenhouse emissions, including: siting of renewable energy, next generation biofuels, reforestation, etc. The complexity of policy choices in this area will require new efforts at RDD&D, new inter-agency planning, and enhanced cooperation.

Small group meetings

Week 3: September 26 -30

Small group meetings

Week 4: October 5 - 9

Global Seminar: Energy Jobs and Ensuring a Just Transition. Achieving zero carbon will initiate major changes throughout the U.S. economy and society. Large-scale job creation will certainly result in all regions of the U.S. economy through clean energy expenditures yet the transition away from the fossil fuel-dominant energy system will also entail job losses.

Small group meetings

Week 5: October 12 - 16

Small group meetings

Week 6: October 19 - 23

Global Seminar: Energy Transition Showcase: Costa Rica, Brazil, and United States. Long-term decarbonization pathways provide clear and comprehensive outlines of the technologies, investments, and policies countries need to reach net-zero carbon emissions. Countries around the world are now working on developing integrated long term plans to help identify opportunities for decarbonization.

Small group meetings


Week 7: October 26 - 30

Small group meetings

Week 8: October 31 - November 4

Small group meetings

Week 9: November 7 - 11

Small group meetings

Week 10: November 14 - 18

Awareness Campaign Showcase with students & NGOs (Monday, November 14)

Small group meetings

About

The Fall 2022 Global Columbia Collaboratory: Pathways to Decarbonization is a virtual global program exploring ways countries around the world are working on developing integrated long term plans to help identify opportunities for decarbonization. Through three seminars given by experts and locals in the field, small group meetings, and a collaborative project as a deliverable, students will reflect, ideate, and collaborate to learn, discuss, and raise awareness about ways to reach net-zero carbon emissions through various decarbonization pathways. Through participating in the Collaboratory, students have the opportunity to make a positive impact on addressing the climate crisis.

The Fall22 Collaboratory is offered by the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement in partnership with Columbia Global Centers Rio de Janeiro, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Who: Undergraduate students from Columbia University, partner institutions, and various colleges and universities in the world; international sustainability experts; and local practitioners addressing the challenges and opportunities in this field.

Where: This is a virtual program with synchronous and asynchronous seminars and meetings, conducted in English.

When: Weekly from September 12 to November 18, 2022.

Time Commitment: Students should expect to spend 3 - 4 hours a week engaging with Collaboratory content, seminars and activities.

Application: Applications are open until Monday, September 5, 2022 and reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full. Click the “Start Your Application” button on our website: https://global.undergrad.columbia.edu/program/global-columbia-collaborat...

Cost: This non-credit program is free for students selected to participate.

Deliverable: Students will collaborate in small groups to create awareness campaigns which they will present at the Collab Awareness Campaign Showcase.

Certificate: Students will receive a Global Columbia Collaboratory Certificate of Completion to add to their LinkedIn profiles and/or online portfolios.

Eligibility

At the point of application and throughout the Global Columbia Collaboratory experience, you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in good disciplinary standing.

If selected to join the Fall 2022 Global Columbia Collaboratory: Pathways to Decarbonization, students must agree to fully participate in all offerings and collaborate with their peers on the awareness campaign.

The Collaboratory is conducted in English and is not-for-credit. It is free to participants.

Applications are open until Monday, September 5, 2022 and reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full.

Program Benefits

The Global Columbia Collaboratory: Pathways to Decarbonization will provide you with opportunities to:

  • Develop a worldwide network of thinkers eager to understand and engage with complex global challenges related to decarbonization and the climate crisis;

  • Learn more about the climate crisis and pathways to decarbonization from experts in their fields;

  • Collaborate with your global peers and NGOs to create an awareness campaign;

  • Strengthen global learning competencies: listening for understanding, perspective taking, critical reflection, personal and social responsibility;

  • Receive a Global Columbia Collaboratory Certificate of Completion at the successful completion of the program.

  • Continue and enhance Collab relationships through a LinkedIn Collaboratory group.

Components

GLOBAL SEMINARS

Global seminars are led by faculty, scientific experts, and researchers on decarbonization, drawn from the extensive networks of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Columbia University. These seminars are open to the public and bring in participants from all around the world. Please note the seminars are not-for-credit.

SMALL GROUP MEETINGS - “PODs”

Collab PODs are facilitated small group sessions that meet on a weekly basis to foster students’ connection and reflection as they process and build on their learning. Students will also use the POD time to collaborate on the project.

TOOLBOX SESSIONS

These are skills-based workshops to support students’ global learning and successful creation of a Pathways to Decarbonization awareness campaign.

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN PROJECT

Students work in PODs and in consultation with local NGOs to design and launch awareness campaigns informed and inspired by the Global Seminars. Collaboratory curriculum provides support and tools students need to successfully engage with this project.

Collaboratory Framework

Reflect

  • Learn from your peers, faculty and other experts drawn from Columbia's global network

  • Access curated readings focused on decarbonization and energy transition

  • Exchange perspectives on global challenges framed by the Global Seminars

  • Reflect together on effective ways to amplify awareness about various pathways to decarbonization

Ideate

  • Identify key issues of concern related to the need for decarbonization as a pressing global issue

  • Discuss ways to address those issues and project plans

  • Generate project ideas and solutions to raise awareness about pathways to decarbonization

Collaborate

  • Engage with others in practicing intercultural communication principles

  • Work with Collab teammates to build an awareness campaign

  • Exercise cultural humility as you work together across differences

Global Seminars for Fall 2020

The virtual Collaboratory Global Seminar series is open to the global public and all are invited to attend.

The landmark 2015 Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commits all countries to keep global mean temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels by the end of the century and to make efforts to limit the temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. For the first time in history, countries recognize the need to peak global greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible” and to fully decarbonize their economies during this century to achieve net-zero global greenhouse gas emissions. In Paris, negotiators achieved what can reasonably be expected from a global climate agreement. Now scientists, engineers, businessmen, policymakers, politicians, and civil society must make the transformation to low-emission societies a reality.

This webinar series will explore how long-term pathways are being developed and used, and will look at both the land-use and employment implications that need to be considered in the transition to decarbonization, as well as the enabling policy environment to achieve a zero emissions future.

The Collaboratory is an initiative of Columbia University, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro.

Join us for three virtual sessions below:

Session 1: Energy Systems and Land Use Planning
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022

Speakers:
Grace Wu, UC Berkeley
Emily Leslie, Montara Mountain Energy
Jamil Farbes, Evolved Energy Research

Session 2: Energy Jobs and Ensuring a Just Transition
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022

Speakers: being confirmed


Session 3: Energy Transition Showcase: Costa Rica, Brazil, and United States
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022

Speakers: being confirmed

REGISTRATION LINK: https://tinyurl.com/collaboratory-decarbonization

Recent Past Collaboratory Themes & Global Seminars

The Amazon We Want in collaboration with with Columbia Global Centers Rio de Janeiro and Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Summer 2022.

  1. Global Seminar #1: Introduction and Course Launch: “The Amazon We Want”

  2. Global Seminar #2: The Amazon as a Regional Entity of the Earth System

  3. Global Seminar #3: Land Use, Climate and Demographic Changes in the Amazon and Their Impacts on Biodiversity, Ecological Processes, Ecosystem Services, and Human Wellbeing

  4. Global Seminar #4: The Solution Space: Finding Sustainable Pathways for the Amazon


Pathways to Decarbonization in collaboration with with Columbia Global Centers Rio de Janeiro and Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Fall 2022.

  1. Global Seminar #1: Energy Systems and Land Use Planning

  2. Global Seminar #2: Energy Jobs and Ensuring a Just Transition

  3. Global Seminar #3: Energy Transition Showcase: Costa Rica, Brazil, and United States

Student Project Gallery

See our virtual gallery of student projects at https://global.undergrad.columbia.edu/gallery/all

Fact Sheet

Advisers:
Term:
Academic Year, Spring, Summer, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Fall
2022
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Notes: 
We are open to accepting late interest forms. If a deadline has passed, but you are interested in joining the Collaboratory please email globalcollab@columbia.edu