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Governor-Elect Patrick to Headline Meehan Town Meeting


LOWELL - Governor-elect Deval Patrick will join a panel of UMass Lowell experts on campus for U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan?s Town Meeting, "Climate Change: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis." The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in O'Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. It is free and open to the public.

Meehan selected UMass Lowell because it is home to the School of Health and Environment, the Toxics Use Reduction Institute and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, as well as programs in energy engineering, asthma research and intervention, green chemistry and bio-based polymers. The University has become an internationally recognized leader in sustainable development and ecological health. 

Meehan says, "I believe Massachusetts' public universities hold the key to developing long-term solutions to global warming that improve public health and the economy. A scientific consensus exists that human activity is the leading cause of greenhouse gas accumulation and that climate change is adversely affecting human health. We cannot let environmental catastrophe be our legacy to future generations."

Panelists from UMass Lowell will be Dr. Kenneth Geiser, director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, and Dr. Amy Cannon of the Center for Green Chemistry. Dr. David Wegman, dean of the University's School of Health and Environment, will moderate and Chancellor David J. MacKenzie will open. Joining them will be Dr. Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global environment at Harvard Medical School; and Lee Ketelsen, New England director of Clean Water Action, a national citizens' organization.

UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor's to master's programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

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