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Greening the Campus Takes New Meaning


LOWELL - While other Universities are focused on greening up for the holiday season, UMass Lowell is focused on increasing environmental awareness in December. 

On Dec. 6 and 7, the University is screening the Al Gore film, "An Inconvenient Truth," and on Dec. 16, the campus is partnering with U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan on a Town Hall meeting for his constituents. The topic: How Does Climate Change Affect Health?

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., the Gore film will be aired for students, and on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m., there will be a faculty and staff showing of the film. Both will be held in Cumnock Hall Auditorium, One University Ave., Lowell, and will be followed by a discussion of the issues the movie raises, led by campus faculty and staff.

On Saturday, December 16, at 10 a.m. in O'Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder St., Lowell, Governor-elect Deval Patrick and Rep. Meehan are headlining an exploration of the public health issues raised by global warming and climate change. Panelists Lee Ketelsen of Clean Water Action and Dr. Paul Epstein of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School will be joined by UMass Lowell experts Amy Cannon, visiting scholar at the Center for Green Chemistry, and Ken Geiser, co-director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Geiser, author of Materials Matter and founding director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell, is world-renowned for his research on environmentally sound systems of production. Dr. David Wegman, dean of the University's School of Health and Environment, will moderate.

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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