Climate Change Initiative

2015 Events

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  • March 27, 2015, Susan Gallagher, Associate Professor, Political Science and CCI member, 

    addresses National Park Service personnel and staff who work in various national heritage areas. She will discuss ideas about educational programming and the role the CCI can play in climate change education, a

    s part of the conference, "Community Character & Common Theme: The Meaning and Memory of Place."
  • March 30-31, 2015, Juliette Rooney-Varga, director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and associate professor of Environmental Biology, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming "Paris Climate 2015-COP 21," an international symposium on education and climate change taking place in Paris on March 30-31, 2015.  Rooney-Varga will address “New Interactive Pedagogic Tools” during Day 1 of the symposium, which will be held at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Place d'Iéna).  The symposium, which is part of the 12th International Weather and Climate Forum, features scientists, weather presenters and heads of climate plans and sustainable development from 50 countries. It will review a set of French, European and international initiatives around innovative education and training methods on climate change. 
  • April 16, 2015, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Oliver S. Garcia, director of Sustainability and Environment, City of Somerville “Making Somerville a Carbon-Neutral City: How do you start the transformation?” 
    Location: Alumni Hall, North Campus.
  • April 20-24, 2015, Earth Week events include collection drives, energy reduction and food composting challenges, bike-to-campus day, and a campus community garden program. The program is made possible through collaboration with numerous organizations across campus, including but not limited to: Environmental and Emergency Management, Climate Action Plan Sustainability Steering Committee, Facilities Operations & Services, Administrative Services, Transportation, Student Gov.Assoc. (SGA), Student Environmental Alliance (SEA), Student Activities, Residence Life, Dining Services, Climate Change Initiative, City of Lowell and Lowell National Parks. Event Flyer (pdf).
  • April 23, 2015Perspectives on Climate: A Community Discussion and Luncheon, 1-3 p.m., University Crossing 158. Over lunch, watch, listen, ask, and learn about what climate change means to UMass Lowell students, faculty, and staff. Students will present self-produced film shorts.
  • April 28, 2015, 11-11:45 a.m., Mike Barrett, State Senator, Massachusetts “Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts, ” Location: Saab ETIC Atrium. Mike Barrett is State Senator for nine Massachusetts communities.  He leads legislative efforts in Massachusetts to price carbon products so as to reflect the costs of using them.  Progressive and conservative economists are finding common ground in favor of this idea.  Working with a small but expanding circle of concerned voters and business groups, he has put the issue of carbon pricing on the state’s political and public policy radar. Interested faculty and administration are invited to a brunch with the Senator, before the talk, contact Phyllis Procter.
  • May 13, 2015Climate Change Initiative Team Strategic Planning meeting. Members of the CCI team review and assess the CCI's mission, goals and achievements and plan for the near and long-term future. Location and time TBA.

Earlier Events 

  • March 25, 2015 - Juliette Rooney-Varga will speak at the "Forum for Policymakers: Climate Change Resiliency - How Will the Commonwealth Fashion Its Future?" This event is sponsored by Senate President Rosenberg and Senators Pacheco, Gobi, Brownsberger and Barrett and Reps. Smizik and Walsh.
  • Feb. 18, 2015, "Make a Change for Us," Do you want to make a difference in the world? Are you concerned about climate change, the environment, your future? Join UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff for the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) Club kickoff meeting. More information is available on the  Make A Change for Us Facebook page. 

  • Jan. 15, 2015, CCI Team Members review research, education and outreach goals and plan for the near and long-term future. For more information contact Phyllis Procter:
  • Dec. 1, 2014, Morena Skalamera, Geopolitics of Energy Project, Belfer Center, Harvard University “Russian-China Competition: Oil/Gas as Commodity and Geopolitical Tool”

  • Nov. 17, 2014, Barbara Kates-Garnick, Director, Energy, Climate and Innovation Program, Tufts University: “Climate Change and Clean Energy Policy”
  • Nov. 24, 2014, Jonathan Peress, Vice President, Conservation Law Foundation “Natural Gas and Regulatory Reform: Climate Policy Transition or Deterrent?”
  • Oct. 7, 2014, Over 600 students, staff, faculty and community members attended the annual Climate Change Teach-In, "Taking the High Ground: Real Actions to Address Global Climate Change."

    Find out what leading experts on climate change, communication, and policy had to say about our choices today and our world tomorrow.  This year's speakers:

  • Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor and Researcher, Earth and Environment, Boston University, Science of global and regional climate variability and change.
  • Mayor Joseph Curtatone, six-term Mayor of Somerville, Ma. A champion of sustainability, Curtatone has introduced and supported initiatives including a net-zero emissions goal for the city by 2050. Mayor Curtanone's reforms have earned the city distinctions by regional and national organizations, including the designation by The Boston Globe as “the best-run city in Massachusetts."
  • Dr. John Sterman, Professor, MIT's Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. Research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of complex systems, climate change and sustainability.
  • Oct. 6, 2014, Chuck Collins on "How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and How to Build a Green Economy.

    Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and he directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good. Chuck is also a Co-Founder of Wealth for the Public Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. Chuck is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, most recently: “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It”. 

  • Oct. 2, 2014, Dewey Square Park on the Greenway, Boston, Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders in Boston. On behalf of Greenovate Boston and; we cordially invite you to attend Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders in Boston, hosted by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. is an informal science learning program that aims to engage Bostonians with opportunities to learn about climate change. Climate leaders from across the city will be recognized and saluted for their outstanding efforts to make Boston a Leader in climate adaptation and mitigation.  

See Past Events for previous years.