The 2016 - 2017 SAR application is now closed. 


Environment 185 B/C

During fall quarter, students are invited to apply to the Sustainability Action Research program for winter and spring quarters. Students can apply to be either a leader (185C) or a member (185B), which is a 3 or 2-unit course, respectively. This equates to 6 or 4 units over the course of winter and spring quarters. Information and applications for leader and member positions can be found below.

 

1) Leader Fact Sheet: Responsibilities and Benefits

SAR leaders are placed in pairs and collaborate with a team of three to four members for two academic quarters to research, rethink, investigate, and tackle UCLA’s greatest sustainability issues.

Leaders have the opportunity to...

  • Design sustainability projects and implement actionable solutions on campus.
  • Work towards achieving overall sustainability goals for UCLA.
  • Establish unique relationships with UCLA faculty, staff, and fellow students who are passionate about environmental health and prosperity.
  • Develop leadership skills in an applied and professional setting

In turn, leaders are expected to…

  • Attend all mandatory meetings applicable to their individual teams (i.e. all-SAR team meetings at the beginning and end of each quarter, in addition to bi-weekly meetings on Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 pm, which fall within scheduled class time, as well as quarterly leader meetings with the SAR directors).
  • Establish weekly team meetings in an accessible location at a convenient time for everyone’s schedule.
  • Keep track of team members’ weekly attendance.
  • Notify a director or faculty adviser of any foreseen absence at a director meeting, with reasonable notice.
  • Act as the primary liaison between the stakeholder and their team, keeping communication open concerning all aspects of their projects.
  • Maintain professional conduct in emails, phone calls, and meetings involving a stakeholder, UCLA faculty member, UCLA employee, or outside contact.
  • Be approachable, welcoming, and motivational to their team members.
  • Seek counsel from a SAR director or faculty adviser if team issues remain unresolved or whenever they feel that outside help is necessary.
  • Present their team’s findings at the spring quarter final presentations during week 10.

Please note that leaders are NOT expected to do the majority of their team’s work. It is their responsibility to assign portions of their research/projects to team members.

 

2) Member Fact Sheet: Responsibilities and Benefits

SAR members are placed on a team with two to three other members, two leaders, and a stakeholder for two academic quarters (winter and spring) to research, rethink, investigate, and tackle UCLA’s greatest sustainability issues.

Members have the opportunity to…

  • Design sustainability projects and implement actionable solutions on campus.
  • Work towards achieving overall sustainability goals for UCLA.
  • Establish unique relationships with UCLA faculty, staff, and fellow students who are passionate about environmental issues.

In turn, members are expected to…

  • Attend all mandatory meetings applicable to their individual teams (i.e. all-SAR team meetings at the beginning and end of each quarter, in addition to bi-weekly meetings on Thursdays from 4:00-5:15 pm, which fall within scheduled class time).
  • Notify their leaders of any foreseen absence, with reasonable notice. Excessive absences will affect final grades.
  • Maintain professional conduct in emails, phone calls, and meetings involving a stakeholder, UCLA faculty member, UCLA employee, etc.
  • Collaborate respectfully with their team and seek counsel from their team leaders if conflict arises.
  • Seek counsel from a SAR director or faculty adviser if team issues remain unresolved.
  • Complete their delegated portions of research/project assignments.
  • Present at the spring quarter final presentations (week 10).