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Student Teams

(suggested size 2-5) applied for enrollment in one of five tracks:

Track 1: Inspiration and Empowerment

Develop a creative approach to raising awareness and influencing others using tactics such as video, art, writing, games, community

events, or social media.

Track 4: Nature-Based Solutions

find a way to connect community members with their natural world – acknowledging our reliance on nature and our role as stewards.

Track 2: Ideas into Action

Propose a student-led climate-related project on campus or in the community that will affect measurable change over six months.

Track 5: Innovation & Imagination

Devise a way to help your school or community adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Track 3: Resilience

Devise a way to help your school or community adapt to the impacts of climate change.

More Information

Projects must be action-oriented and should yield measurable change between December 2020 and May 2021. Student teams should ensure that projects are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Possible metrics for success include:

  • A completed project such as a video or an event

  • Number of clicks, likes, or impressions

  • Number of members or participants

  • Estimated GHG reductions from project-inspired actions

  • Signatories

  • Survey results

  • Feedback from intended audience or stakeholders

General Guidelines

  • Applications will only be accepted through the online form. This PDF is available to help student teams organize their entries, but applications will not be accepted via email

  • Proposals may reflect ongoing projects and activities so long as they are the intellectual capital of the students applying and there is a projected measurable outcome during the duration of the Forum implementation period. New projects and ongoing projects may be subject to feedback from reviewers.

  • Student teams must identify an advisor from their Higher Education Institution (HEI). This can be a faculty member or an administrative staff member. Alumni mentors are also encouraged as additional advisors.

  • The Forum may provide additional mentors upon request.

  • The Forum does not have funds to support student projects and will not have the capacity to support direct participation in the COP.

  • Certificates will be granted to students who complete all three phases of the program.

  • Final project reports will be featured in an online publication.

Participation will require three phases:

Proposal development: these must be submitted through the official form, and may require refinement based on reviewer feedback.


Workshop attendance: each member of the team must attend at last three online sessions between May 2023 and October 2023. Team members can attend different workshops,

and there is no limit to the number of sessions a student can attend.


Project Execution: teams will have 6 months to implement and test their ideas. During this time, they will be required to post monthly updates through a dedicated website.


Successful participants will contribute to a publication to be released following the 2023 COP. Certificates will be granted to students who complete all three phases of the program. (NB: Even if the program does not go as hoped, the act of following through with the idea and documenting progress – or barriers thereto – is seen as success.)

The deadline for application is 30 March 2023. Selected teams will be announced in April 2023. Topical and thematic online workshops will be offered in various time zones between May and October. Final reports will be due in October 2023.

Important Milestones

A Note about Diversity and Inclusion

The online nature of the 2023 program makes it accessible to a broad array of students around the world. The online nature of the workshops will also allow for a robust variety of presenters. The starting list of topics is based on expertise of partner institutions, but the topics and timing will be expanded to ensure that the presenters are globally

representative. Additional facilitators will also be appointed to guarantee that discussion sessions can be developed synchronously across time zones.

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