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Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellows

Shaniqua Lujan

Engagement Fellow 


Public Health

CNI Student Enagement Fellow are expected to work with their campus sustainability office and staff to communicate about campus and UC-wide carbon neutrality goals and programs, to assess existing programs and efforts, and to engage undergraduate and graduate students in those efforts. Engagement and communication efforts should enable and empower students to provide feedback about campus and UC-wide carbon neutrality programs. 


Alex Li

Climate Action Fellow


PhD Biological engineering

The CNI fellow will work with Assistant Director of Sustainability on Carbon Neutrality pathway. This includes but is not limited to supporting and evaluating emission output ofvarious portfolios on campus. Offset & REC research, data support. Evaluate and vendors on campus who meet sustainability criteria to support emissions reducations. Evaluate how the campus can comply with STARS sustainable food criteria. Student will assess organic waste generation of pounds on campus and carbon emission associated with poundage. The CNI Fellow will also evaluate and assess thecarbon footprint associated with mileage of each individual vendor site. Evaluate local vendors in the community, and sourcing the location of these individuals. And other assignments associated with the campus carbon Neutrality goal.

Dayane Nascimento 

Lifce Cycle Analysis Fellow


Mechanical engineer

Will work on a project associated with the Sharing Tries Field Study at UC Merced, which involves use of two mobile apps that promote sustainable comsumption within employee communities. To that end, the CNI Fellow will assess how the sharing of goods and services facilitated by these mobile apps impacts greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using current Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) methods and tools, the CNI Fellow will compile and update a database of the shared goods and services on the apps and their associated GHG emissions per exchange. At the end of the project period, the CNI Fellow will be present and publish in an executive summary report of their LCA findings.