By Danielle Griffin
This week, the Grand Challenge Team focused on laying the groundwork for our projects. We completed our Team Contract, formally delineating our objectives and timeline, and read parts of the UCLA Climate Action Plan and past ART reports. Within the Climate Action Plan, our team focused on the sections that dealt with academic programs, sustainability research, community outreach, behavioral change initiatives, green energy initiatives, and institutional changes. Since our team is unprecedented, we divided all final reports from the last two years amongst ourselves and provided summaries to each other. From those reports we took away that being able to communicate and get people engaged in our goal were very important aspects of a successful action research team.
Our next step will be to reach out to faculty for interviews. We received a list of 120 professors that are associated with the Institute of Environment and Sustainability and have already written out an introductory email and the questions that we would like to ask during an interview. We will focus on creating a database once we have done a few interviews.
In terms of getting students involved, we have a meeting scheduled with the Chair of the Undergraduate Research Center. We hope to be able to create a method of allowing undergraduate students to get more involved in research whether it be through creating an academic program or institutionalizing living labs.