Dr. Kurt Kornbluth is being named a University of California Faculty Climate Action Champion for his leadership on climate change. A mechanical engineer, Kornbluth is founder and director of the UC Davis D-Lab and of the Program for International Energy Technologies (PIET) Lab.
The UC Office of the President has granted one faculty member at each UC campus this award, which is to be used for a community engaged research projects with students this academic year.
No stranger to such projects, Kornbluth has created over the past several years a curriculum of project-based, experiential courses designed to address issues like global poverty, inequity, energy and climate change. The Climate Action Champion award will allow him to focus on increasing UC Davis’ capacity for Zero Net Energy with projects that are aligned with UC’s goal of climate neutrality by 2025.
With the $25,000 award, Dr. Kornbluth plans on creating a curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate students to advance the carbon neutrality initiative on campus.
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