Events

Past Events

Oct. 17, 2013,  Too Late for What? Real Choices on a Changing Planet: Fifth Annual Climate Change Teach-In.
  • Over 450 faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to find out what leading experts on climate change impacts, activism, and policy are saying about our choices today and our world tomorrow. Check out Full Event Coverage of the 2013 Teach-In event, featuring Chancellor Marty Meehan, Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., Wen Stephenson and Elizabeth Sawin, Ph.D. See below for segmented coverage. 

    Links to Presentations: Chancellor Marty Meehan and Wen Stephenson.

    • Speaker biographies:

      • Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., Research Professor, Institute for Coastal and Marine Science, Rutgers University. Francis co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages. 

      • Wen Stephenson, a writer and climate activist, is a contributor to Grist and the Boston Phoenix and has written about climate and culture for the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Slate. 
      • Elizabeth Sawin, Ph.D., Co-Director of Climate Interactive. She is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker whose work for the past fifteen years has combined analysis with coaching, teaching and communication approaches that help people transform systems towards sustainability.

  • Nov. 13, 2013, 4:15 p.m., Olsen 503. Isla Castañeda, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, What fossil lipids can tell us about past environmental conditions on Earth.
  • Nov. 4, 2013, Noon in O'Leary 222, buffet lunch is available. James Boyce, Economics Department, UMass Amherst will be speaking on “Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air: Co-Pollutants, Climate Policy, & Carbon Pricing. This event is co–sponsored by the College of Health Sciences; the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences College; UMass Lowell Work Environment Department; Economics Department; and, the Climate Change Initiative.
  • Oct. 24, 2013 - Lowell Food Day, part of the national campaign for healthy, sustainable, affordable, and fairly produced food - is back and stronger than ever! Food Day will again take place on October 24. More information and details to follow.
  • Oct. 17, 2013,  Too Late for What? Real Choices on a Changing Planet: Fifth Annual Climate Change Teach-In.

    Over 450 faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to find out what leading experts on climate change impacts, activism, and policy are saying about our choices today and our world tomorrow. Check out Full Event Coverage of the 2013 Teach-In event, featuring Chancellor Marty Meehan, Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., Wen Stephenson and Elizabeth Sawin, Ph.D. See below for segmented coverage. 

    Links to Presentations: Chancellor Marty Meehan and Wen Stephenson.


    Speaker biographies:
    Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., Research Professor, Institute for Coastal and Marine Science, Rutgers University. Francis co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages.
    Wen Stephenson, a writer and climate activist, is a contributor to Grist and the Boston Phoenix and has written about climate and culture for the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Slate.
    Elizabeth Sawin, Ph.D., Co-Director of Climate Interactive. She is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker whose work for the past fifteen years has combined analysis with coaching, teaching and communication approaches that help people transform systems towards sustainability.
  • July 9-11, 2013 - Three day workshop for educators, "Make Climate Science Come Alive with Student Media Production (made easy!)" at UMass Lowell. Get more information online.

  • June 26-28, 2013 - Three-day workshop for educators, "Make Climate Science Come Alive with Student Media Production (made easy!)," at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) Media Arts Studio, Cambridge, MA. Get more information online.

  • April 27, 2013 - Noon - 3 p.m. East Campus Recreation Center, grass areas front of building Join UMass Lowell, surrounding communities and the Student Environmental Alliance and find out how you can be a part of the transformation to be greener and combat climate change.  Guest speakers include, Lowell City Mayor Patrick Murphy, Lowell's Recycling Coordinator Gunther Wellenstein and more!

  • April 25, 2013 - 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lowell National Historic Parks Visitor Center, 246 Market St, Lowell, "Lonely Climate: the Fight Against Climate Change " Students in Juliette Rooney-Varga's climate change class have created short films on one of the greatest challenges faced by society and science. Event flyer.

  • April 22-April 28, 2013 - UMass Lowell Earth Week events include a Bike to School incentive program, a dorm "Electricity Usage" challenge, food waste "weigh-ins" at Dining Cafeterias, "Lonely Climate " Film shorts, "Beat the Heat" climate change awareness and a waste recycling day. Schedule of events.

  • April 11, 2013 - 4:30 p.m., Olsen 404, Devan Hawkins, UMass Lowell graduate student,: “The Climate Movement Lab: Building Momentum to Take on Climate Change"

  • March 28, 2013 - 4:30 p.m., Olsen 404, Frank Ackerman, Ph.D., Synapse Energy Economics: “Beyond business-as-usual:  Better economics of climate change.”

  • March 20, 2013 - 4 p.m., Olsen 503, Bob Chen, Ph.D., UMass Boston, Title: "Connecting research and education in a changing coastal environment."

  • March 19, 2013 - 4:30 p.m., Olsen 404, Scott Clavenna, CEO and Founder of GreenTech Media: “Clean tech outlook 2013:  Solar and wind technology performance and possibilities.”

  • March 1, 2013 - 4:30 p.m., Olsen 404, Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., UMass Lowell, presentation of the Honors Program, "Climate Change 101." Read James Canning's Honors Blog.

  • Feb. 28, 2013 - 5 p.m., Olsen 404, JoAnn Carmin, Ph.D., MIT, Title: “Managing Uncertainty and Planning for Climate Adaptation in Cities."

  • Feb. 20, 2013 - 10 a.m. - Noon, Campus Recreation Center Meeting Room on Aiken St., Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., "What is Our Legacy on a Changing Planet." 
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