Each semester, the Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council identifies opportunities for funding academic efforts by soliciting ideas and proposals from across campus.

Thousands of UVM students have already participated in CEF-sponsored energy-related curricular and co-curricular activities, including lectures, classes, and seminars.

About one-third of CEF funds have been invested in campus-based academic and co-curricular activities. Examples include the Sustainable Transportation Education Initiative, Energy Action Seminar; the seminar series on climate change, food systems, and electric energy; onetime speakers; and sponsorship of the regional Power from the North 2015 conference.

Academic projects have been well received on campus and fill a need for additional classes and lectures on the subject of clean energy and the energy system transition. Attendance and student engagement have been high at all seminars and lecture series. Connecting speakers with students via classes has linked the academic side of the university with the CEF in a meaningful way.

The CEF has supported student involvement since its inception by funding internships and club-related activities that complement the academic curriculum and allow for more learning experiences. Many of the students closely involved with the Clean Energy Fund have gone on to pursue energy-related careers.

Funded Academics & Co-Curricular Education Projects
ProposalDescriptionProposed byFinal AwardYear
Carbon Offset Resource Internship: Phase IIInternship to promote the use of carbon offset options by UVM studentsIsabel Coppola, Environmental Studies, Political Science, CAS, HCOL
Amy Seidl, RSENR
Fully funded: $900Spring '20
UVM Sustainability Information Accumulation InternshipInternship focused on centralizing sustainability data on the Office of Sustainability (OoS) websiteCyrus Oswald RSENR
Isabel Coppola CAS
Olivia Lopez RSENR; SGA
Fully funded: $3,960Spring '20
Curating the Conversation on Clean Energy and Climate at UVM: A Digital Media InternshipProduce 30-minute podcasts released in time for Earth Week in April, 2020 to support the conversation on clean energy and climate at UVM.Josie Friedman, Climate Communication Advocacy & Literacy Lab, UndergradFully funded: $3,950Fall '19
Carbon Offset Resource Internship Will Corcoran, SRIAC undergraduate student member$1,650Spring '19
Clean Energy Storytelling & Data Collection Richard Watts, professor, Sophie Smith, student$11,160Spring '19
Energy Action Seminar Mark Usher, other faculty$30,000Fall '18
Waste to Clean Energy Lecture Series Anju Krivov, lecturer$17,500Spring '18
Sustainable Transportation Education Initiative Thomas Maron, Morgan Dreibelbis, Devin Spindel, Deirdre Gill, students$3,000Spring '18
Spring Speaker Series Jane Stromberg, Holly St. Jean; Renewable Energy Network (REN)$1,000Fall '17
Energy Action Seminar (2017-18) Richard Watts, CDAE$23,700Spring '17
Headwaters Magazine Dan Kopin, Environmental Studies$2,000Spring '17
Power from the North Conference Dr. Jennie Stephens, Richard Watts, Dr. David Massell; Ctr for Research on VT$5,5002015
Student Energy Action Seminar Series Richard Watts, Dr. Jane Kolodinsky, CDAE$15,1712014
CEF Lecture Series: Campus Food & Energy Seminar Series Dr. Doug Lantagne, Richard Watts, Dr. Amy Trubeck, Alison Nihart$7,6822014
Energy Action Seminar (2014) Richard Watts, Stephanie Kaza$14,6312014
Smart Grid Seminar Series Curtis Saunders, Integrative Graduate Education and Training$4,1722014
Anaerobic Digestion Guest Lecturer Victor Izzo, Plant & Soil Science$1,5002014
Renewable Energy Network Frederick Hall '15, SGA$6,3002014
Clean Energy Internship Program Dr. Amy Siedl, RSENR$12,3352014
Cow Power Research Gioia Thompson, Office of Sustainability, Extension Service, Green Mountain Power$8,2602014
GreenSpeed4 Dr. Jeff Frolik, EE$21,7922014
"Vermont's Energy Future" Keynote Speaker, James Howard Kunstler Richard Watts, Center for Research on Vermont$4,0002013
Energy Action Seminar (2013) Richard Watts, Joan White, CDAE$10,6852013
CleanSpeed: A Student-Developed Zero-Emissions Vehicle Dr. Jeff Frolik, EE$23,4692012
Climate Action Seminar Dr. Amy Siedl, Rachael Beddoe, Environmental Studies$11,2972012
Energy Auditing & Retrofitting Course Gary Flomenhoft, RSENR$2,9652010
Virtual Solar Carport Course Richard Watts, TRC$6,0002010