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Climate Change Initiative Events


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Spring 2018

  • May 3, 2018:11 a.m. - Noon (lecture),"Which energy source has lower carbon emissions: renewable wood or fossil coal? Dynamic life cycle analysis of wood bioenergy" by Juliette Rooney-Varga, Associate Professor of Environmental Science. Juliette N. Rooney-Varga directs the Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell and is an Associate Professor of environmental science. Her research in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry has included marine algal blooms, climate change-carbon cycle feedbacks in Arctic peatlands, and anaerobic microbial community dynamics and performance in microbial fuel cells. Her recent work, funded by NASA and NSF, is focused on climate change education, communication, and decision support. Sign-up (optional) and more information at our Facebook Events page. Location: Olney Hall, Room 212. 

Earlier Events

  • April 12, 2018, "Dancing Madly Backwards Into the Third Carbon Era: Fracking, Climate Denial, and The New Energy Backlash Under Trump," by Anthony E. Ladd, Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and The Environment Program at Loyola University New Orleans. Ladd’s recent work analyzes the impacts of natural gas fracking, and the growing socio-environmental threats posed by our continued reliance on fossil fuels and unconventional energy development. He serves as an advisor to an NSF grant on wastewater induced seismicity in Colorado and Oklahoma, and is researching the growth of “Frackademia” and the influx of corporate oil and gas funding into higher education. Information: Facebook events page, Dancing Madly Backwards Into the Third Carbon Era: Fracking, Climate Denial, and The New Energy Backlash Under Trump Event flyer (pdf)
  • April 19, 2018, "The Sustainable Urban University" Panel Discussion. The meaning of sustainability is evolving. Colleges and universities are at the forefront of efforts to preserve the earth’s resources for current and future generations. These include the pursuit of carbon neutrality, adoption of renewable energy technologies, green building strategies, and related initiatives. For the urban university, this process cannot be done in a vacuum. Universities must work together with their host, and surrounding, communities to find inclusive ways to collectively approach sustainability, resiliency, and climate mitigation. Information at our Facebook events page. Read more in the Sustainable Urban University Panel Discussion event flyer (pdf).
    Panelists : Karen Cirillo, Lowell City Councilor; Ger Mullally, Department of Sociology, University College Cork; John O'Halloran, Deputy President and Registrar, University College Cork; Ruairi O'Mahony, Director, Office of Sustainability, UMass Lowell; John Saltmarsh, Professor of Higher Education, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Moderated by: John Wooding, Climate Change Initiative, UMass Lowell
  • April 18 - 22, 2018, Earth Week Festival of Learning, Various locations and times throughout Lowell and on the university campus. April 19 events include: a Panel Discussion of The Sustainable Urban University (see above), a workshop on Bike Maintenance, and a walk in Lowell that covers 300 Years of History within 300 Yards, a tour and discussion of UMass Lowell Greenhouse and Urban Agriculture at UMass Lowell, and more. Find out more about the Lowell Earth Day Events, Festival of Learning Event Flyer (pdf)
  • April 24, 2018: "Worst-Case Economics: Extreme Events in Climate and Finance" by Frank Ackerman, Environmental Economist; co-sponsored by Economics Department. Frank Ackerman is a principal economist at Synapse. An environmental economist who has written widely on energy, climate change, and related issues, he is well known for his critiques of overly narrow cost-benefit analyses of environmental protection, among other topics. He has directed studies and reports for clients ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament, including many state agencies, international organizations, and leading environmental groups. His books include Climate Change and Global Equity (2014), Climate Economics: The State of the Art (2013), Can We Afford the Future? (2009), and Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (2004). His latest book is Worst Case Economics: Extreme Events in Climate and Finance (2018). Information: Frank Ackerman's Worst-Case Economics website page, Facebook events page, Worst-Case Economics: Extreme Events in Climate and Finance Event Flyer (pdf)
  • April 7, 2018: The mission of The Climate Race is to raise funds to advance renewable energy research for a sustainable future. Funds will support UMass Lowell groups leading research and education efforts on renewable energy and climate change: the Center for Wind Energy, Energy Engineering Program, and the Climate Change Initiative. You can help their efforts to make renewable energy cheaper and more widespread and thereby help mitigate the effects of climate change. Visit the Climate Race Climate Race website for info. Many community members, faculty and students shall be participating, and we hope you will join them! This family friendly event is located at the Sampas Pavilion, part of Lowell Heritage State Park.
  • April 5, 2018: "Massachusetts State Energy Policy," by Rachel Evans. Rachel Graham Evans is Deputy General Counsel at the MA Department of Energy Resources, where she promotes energy efficiency, system reliability, and renewable energy sources, and represents these interests before federal and state administrative agencies. Rachel is also the Massachusetts designee to implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first carbon cap and trade program. The comments presented are her own personal view, and she is not speaking on behalf of her agency or the Commonwealth. Facebook Events page, Massachusetts State Energy Policy Event Flyer (pdf)
  • February 12, 2018: "Climate change adaptation and mitigation in the private sector: A review of the current research in the management discipline" by Peter Tashman, Assistant Professor of Management, UMass Lowell.
  • January 18, 2018: CCI Faculty Annual Retreat
  • January 11, 2018: Faculty Showcase: Climate Change, Internationally renowned climate-change expert Juliette Rooney-Varga will lead an interactive program to demonstrate what it would take to create a stable climate and a thriving “green” economy. Rooney-Varga, director of UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative and an environmental biology professor, is the developer of role-playing exercises that show what it’s like to negotiate international climate-change agreements.
  • May 10, 2017: Faculty Development Workshop: Half-day workshop to learn how to bring climate change and sustainability into courses you are already teaching. This workshop will include a brief interactive simulation that introduces climate change science and the social dynamics of decision-making. We will then have a collaborative planning and discussion session during which CCI faculty will be available to work with you. The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) brings faculty, students, and communities together to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity: climate change. The Initiative draws its members from disciplines as diverse as environmental science, public health, engineering, education, management, sociology, political science, art, and others. We invite you to join this effort.
  • March 29, 2017: "Meeting the Climate and Energy Challenge" The State House, House Members Lounge, Boston Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., Director of the Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell, Co-sponsored by Rep. Denise Provost, Chairman Tom Golden, and Chairman Frank Smizik Through an interactive simulation and discussion, this LegislatiEarlier ve Briefing offers tools to navigate the complexity of the climate and energy challenge and consider how the Commonwealth can take effective, science-based action. We will also discuss the role of education, decision-support, and outreach in addressing climate change in Massachusetts, through work at UMass and our partners.
  • February 17 2017: "Can Social, Environmental & Financial Sustainability go hand in hand?" by Harish Hande - Today there are more than 1.3 billion people in the world without electricity. And more than 2 billion live under $2 a day. Many governments around the world are grappling with very few options to provide a solution to these under-served populations. Coal and other forms of fossil fuels could be disaster, at the scale that is needed to satisfy the energy needs of the 1.3+ billion people. Can sustainable energies like solar be a solution? If so, how should technology be innovated and implemented in a manner that balances social, environmental and financial sustainability.
  • January 17, 2017: Impacts of the World Climate Simulation Join to learn more about the impact that leading the World Climate Simulation - a mock-UN climate negotiation exercise - can have. Thousands worldwide have participated in World Climate to better understand what is needed to address the climate challenge. On this interactive webinar you will learn about the World Climate Simulation and the research that’s been done on its impact.