Events

Past Events

  • May 13, 2014Climate 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.
  • May 1, 2014, "Our shared climate legacy: Student-produced film shorts and an intergenerational discussion about responding to climate change" - We are excited to present an evening featuring short, student-produced videos and an open, student-lead discussion about what we can do to create a better future in the face of our changing climate. With support from the NASA-funded Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project (http://cleanet.org/cced_media/), UMass Lowell students taking the Climate Change:  Science, Communication, and Solutions course will present what they have learned, what they want to communicate, and the questions they have for each other and their community on how we can shape a future that responds to climate change while improving human well being. Members from LIRA, the Learning in Retirement Association are invited guests, along with the general public and UMass Lowell faculty, staff and students.  Free and open to the public.
  • April 30, 2014, The Student Environmental Association and Environmental Health Program are hosting a showing of a new, award winning movie about the environmental movement. A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists. 
  • April 22-25, Earth Week kicks off every year during the month of April during the week around Earth Day. Events include a week-long collection drives, energy reduction and food composting challenges, bike-to-campus day, and a new campus community garden program. See the event flyer for a full listing of activities. 
  • April 17, 2014, Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference at UMass Lowell - The annual Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects stakeholders from municipalities, college campuses, government, businesses and nonprofits. Everyone wanting to learn more about best practices, current trends, and resources will find this conference timely, practical and valuable.
  • April 16, 2014, Kate Swanger,  Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental, Earth
    and Atmospheric Sciences, UMass Lowell, Terra Incognita: Unraveling and Geologic and Climatic History of Antarctica.
  • April 10, 2014, Climate Change Initiative -Team Meeting.  Members meet to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
  • April 8, 2014,  Hahrie Han, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College,  "Building a Climate Movement: Organizing as an Approach to Social Change."
  • April 4, 2014, The Cool Science team is pleased to announce the Cool Science Awards Ceremony and Reception. Chancellor Marty Meehan, Vice Provost Julie Chen, and other honored guests will be present this spring when we celebrate and honor the 2014 Cool Science awardees and their artwork. The Cool Science program is a K-12 climate change art competition for students throughout Massachusetts. In the fall, Cool Science received over 400 works of art from students across the state. A distinguished and diverse panel selected six winning entries, six runners-up, and twelve honorable mentions. The 24 artists and their works of art represent the very best of our State's young people.    
  • March 31, 2014 Freddy Lozano, "The True Cost of Coal: 
Labor, Environment, and Big Mining in Colombia" Join us for a discussion. Fredy Lozano is currently studying law at the Universidad Simón Bolívar de Barranquilla.  He is a three-time past-president of the Puerto Bolivar section of Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria del Carbon (“Sintracarbon”).  He also works at Cerrejon, the largest open pit mine in Latin America. Free and open to the public. For more information please contact Prof. Chad Montrie, chad_montrie@uml.edu
  • March 27, 2014 , World Climate Game Session. Students and faculty members are invited to join in this World Climate game session. World Climate is a role-playing simulation game that gives participants a chance to negotiate a global agreement to address climate change. It has been played by Nobel-prize winning scientists, former Secretary of State George Schultz, CEOs of major corporations, the President of MIT, and students around the world. Juliette Rooney-Varga (Director of the Climate Change Initiative) will be facilitating the session. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary! Students can sign up as players; faculty members can be players, help facilitate or simply observe. 
  • March 25, 2014 , Gaming Climate Change for Collaboration on Adaptation, Todd Schenk, MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, PhD candidate and the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative. Description - Climate change poses a range of threats to our communities and built environments, yet how those threats will manifest, what should be done to prepare, and who is responsible is often far from clear. This session will revolve around the playing of an exercise designed for use with stakeholders grappling with adaptation challenges and seeking collaborative pathways forward. We will introduce examples of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative’s work using exercises with communities, and discuss how this type of exercise can advance planning and decision-making on climate change adaptation.
  • March 6, 2014, Climate Change Initiative-Team Meeting.  Members meet to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
  • Feb. 5, 2014,  Climate Change Initiative-Team Meeting. Online meeting to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
  • Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, 2014, Faculty Workshop on Cross-Disciplinary Climate Change Education - Faculty development workshop on interactive, cross-disciplinary climate change education tools. Workshop participants:
  • Obtain resources for explaining key climate change science concepts and overcoming common misconceptions.
  • Use systems thinking skills and tools to generate insights into complex, dynamic aspects of climate, energy, and related human systems. 
  • Learn about and experience simulation role-playing exercises framed by Climate Interactive’s accessible, transparent, and scientifically rigorous computer simulations
  • Create an implementation plan for bringing climate change education into their own courses, with support from workshop facilitators and fellow participants. 
Support for this workshop comes from UMass Lowell’s Climate Action Plan, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Faculty from the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and staff of Climate Interactive, an organization at the forefront of creating decision-support simulations around climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, will lead the workshop. 


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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