The Climate Change Initiative brings people together from across the University to catalyze evidence-based climate action through our research, education and community engagement.

The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) includes more than 60 faculty members and 10 staff from 20 academic departments and all five colleges at UMass Lowell. Student leaders also participate in CCI events, retreats, and decision-making. We use a systems thinking framework to explore interactions between expertise and forge new programs, projects, and policy.

Our Expertise

Our research and expertise reflects our disciplinary diversity and the unifying theme of building new knowledge to catalyze evidence-based climate action.

CCI News

  • COP28 Student Delegation (Left to Right) William Lefebvre, Victoria Wisniewski, Madison Feudo, Aya Oulal, and Zita Ngagoum Ndalloka

    Gen Z Takes a Seat - and Sets the Table - at COP28

    UMass Lowell students, William Lefebvre and Victoria Wisniewski, investigate how the consequences of industrial expansion and a lack of environmental regulations from past generations has consequences for Gen Z. As both students are part of the Gen Z cohort, they seek to express their concerns about climate change at this year's COP28.
    Boston Globe Department News
  • NBC Boston anchors on set next to Bottle Ban? headline

    Healey to Ban All State Agencies from Purchasing Single-use Plastic Bottles

    Gov. Maura Healey recently signed an executive order to prohibit state agencies from buying single-use plastic bottles effective immediately, a step that she says makes Massachusetts a leader on our plastics problem. But is reducing single-use bottle use enough? The Climate Change Initiative’s Prof. Meg Sobkowicz-Kline explains to NBC Boston that we also need to find safe and effective ways to recycle the plastics that have already been produced.
    NBC Boston Department News
  • Professor, Mathew Barlow. College of Sciences; Environmental Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Change Initiative. (from UML website)

    Expert: 2023 Full of Climate Disasters but Coming Years Could be Worse

    Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Mathew Barlow spoke to Turkish news outlet, Anadolu Agency, about how the impact of climate change may seem substantial in 2023, but most likely will increase in volatility over years to come.
    Department News