Institute for Sustainability 2020

CA Climate Action Corps Fellowship Program

  • CCAC Fellows 2023-2024 cohort
  • CCAC and the Sustainability team planting native plants at the G.A.R.D.E.N.
  • CCAC Fellow in the Sustainability cart with the food grown at the G.A.R.D.E.N.
  • Mabel Trigueros and CCAC Fellows
  • CCAC Fellows posing in front of the CSUN library, at the CSUN Earth Fair 2023,


CCAC is an AmeriCorps service program and part of a California statewide initiative to address and mitigate the effects of climate change. This climate-focused workforce development program matches Fellows with organizations to mobilize community members to take direct climate action through education, volunteer mobilization, and assessment focused on urban greening, wildfire resiliency, organic waste diversion, and edible food recovery. CCAC trains and supports Fellows throughout the program to emerge as climate and civic leaders, while helping organizations implement projects to advance climate action that engages community members, cultivates change, and leaves a lasting impact.

The program is rooted in hope for a better tomorrow and offers a Fellowship for emerging climate and civic leaders.

Program Overview and Benefits

Fellows will receive personalized mentorship from industry experts, gaining hands-on experience in volunteer mobilization, policy change initiatives, and project/nonprofit management. The program offers professional development guided by experienced mentors and staff while providing valuable connections to a vast network of leading organizations in climate resiliency. The CCAC program includes many benefits such as a monthly stipend, education awards, healthcare coverage, and more. Learn more about program details here.

Benefits of Serving at CSUN

1. Gain first-hand experience in higher education
2. Work with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff across campus and in the community
3. Learn about policy and decision-making processes at the CSU system-wide level
4. Opportunity to network with sustainability professionals across campus and the broader CSU system
5. Receive professional development such as volunteer management, event planning, and public speaking skills

Apply to Become a CCAC Fellow!

CCAC accepts applications for the 2024-25 Fellowship Term (September 16, 2024 – August 15, 2025). This is a general application for Fellowships with CCAC, but applicants can select up to three preferred positions in the application. After applying, all candidates must attend an info session to be eligible for interviews. If you're eager to progress in the recruitment process, or just interested in learning more about the CCAC program, please register for an information session.

Applications will be accepted May 1 - Aug 16, 2024, with priority given to applications received by June 15th.

For more information on the requirements, check the program website.
Apply to become a CCAC Fellow here!


CSUN will be hiring eight Fellows for the 2024-25 cohort. The position is listed as "California State University, Northridge - Sustainability Engagement Fellow" on the positions page. This position description is all-encompassing of CSUN's three distinct positions so applicants should apply to this position if interested in CSUN as a host site, regardless of the focus area of interest.

The eight fellows will be divided into the following focus areas, with opportunities to work together and partner on projects/programs.

  • Social Justice Engagement (2 positions): The Social Justice and Engagement Fellow at CSUN will lead initiatives to promote social justice through educational campaigns and community engagement, focusing on issues related to climate change and sustainability. This position will support the development and implementation of strategies outlined in CSUN's Roadmap to Sustainability with an emphasis on goals related to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI).
  • Sustainable Agriculture (3 positions): This Fellow will support outdoor and indoor foodscapes at CSU Northridge to increase access to fresh local produce for the campus community. The Fellow will assist in food production, distribution, and space maintenance in support of building a resilient, abundant, and diverse food web on campus.  They will oversee service-learning events and volunteer opportunities at the G.A.R.D.E.N and assist with Hydroponic Food Farm operations. The Fellow will organize and culminate educational workshops for the campus and the broader community about regenerative urban farming, closed-loop food systems, and integrated pest management.
  • Zero Waste (2 positions): As part of CSUN's commitment to sustainability, this Fellow will play a vital role in advancing CSUN's Zero Waste and food waste reduction goals. The fellow will engage with the campus community through waste tracking, educational outreach, and events to shift the culture toward sustainable practices. By focusing on reducing carbon emissions, achieving landfill waste reduction targets, and promoting food recovery initiatives, the project aims to contribute to California's climate goals while emphasizing the importance of behavioral shifts in waste habits.
  • ZW Food Recovery (1 position): This position is dedicated to advancing CSUN’s basic needs, Zero Waste, and food waste reduction goals. The fellow will engage with the campus community through waste tracking and data collection, educational outreach training, events, presentations, and door-to-door interactions, aiming to shift the culture towards sustainable practices. The primary focus is on reducing carbon emissions, achieving landfill waste reduction targets, and promoting food recovery initiatives. 

Fellow Impact at CSUN (2023-2024 Term)