Decarbonization & Electrification Living Lab

Living Lab - Decarbonization Station Design 
Call for Proposals - Innovative Course Design
Winter and/or Spring Quarter 2025


Faculty, lecturers, or Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) are invited to submit an application for teaching a 2025 winter and/or spring quarter course. The courses will engage class participants and the greater campus community in the creation of designs for UCSC’s future decarbonization stations. Please see supplemental project details.


  • Funding provided by The University of California Regents Climate Neutrality Initiative. Distributed by UCSC’s Sustainability Office and the Arts Research Institute
  • 1-2 courses will be selected. Applicants may apply for two courses which build upon each other
  • Compensation processes vary greatly depending on the status of the applicant (academic faculty, lecturers, or GSIs). Appropriate funding, whether a course release or compensation, will be dependent on applicant selection and departmental standards. Funding will be available for course development, course instruction, and up to $4,000 in course materials/budget.


  • Available to all UCSC departments and majors
  • Available to faculty, lecturers, and GSIs
  • Required letter of support from chair 


  • Submission deadline: March 20, 2024
  • Conditional awards will be announced April 10, 2024
    • Awardee will work with the grantee team, their department manager, and the Academic Personnel Office to confirm compensation eligibility and amount. Upon confirmation of eligibility and compensation, a final award letter will be granted.
  • Creation of course description and Academic Senate approval: May or asap
  • Summer course development as needed: summer 2024
  • Course/s offered: Winter 2025 / Spring 2025


Course selection is awarded on a competitive basis. The UCSC’s Sustainability Office and the Arts Research Institute will determine a voting panel composed of students, faculty, and staff. The highest scoring applications will have clearly articulated their proposal and will have substantially demonstrated: 

  • A detailed explanation of deliverables (presentation and/or gallery display to decarbonization & electrification committee will be required)
  • How they will incorporate input from the larger campus community (including diverse campus groups).
  • A clearly justified budget. 
  • A brief description of the anticipated equity, diversity, inclusion & justice impacts resulting from your proposal

Applications will be collected via SlideRoom through the Arts Research Institute

Required information: 

Course Name
Faculty/lecturer Name 
Quarter offered (Winter 2025 and/or Spring 2025)
Course Materials Funding Request (maximum of $4,000 allowed)
Applicant’s resume/CV and/or explanation of qualifications 
Course/s description
Option for additional files, websites, portfolios, materials or other supporting documents 

We are excited to brainstorm this project with you. A discussion and Q&A session will be available via Zoom on February 9th, 2pm 

If you are unable to make the Q&A discussion and have outstanding questions please contact Ellen Vaughan, Assistant Director of Sustainability for Operational & Strategic Initiatives,

Thank you for your interest in advancing UCSC’s decarbonization & electrification effort!