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Climate Change Initiative Events


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Spring 2018

  • April 7, 2018: 10 a.m. - Noon, UMass Lowell is the premier sponsor for The Climate Race. 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 and to register. 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 12, 2018, 11 a.m. - Noon, "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. Location: O'Leary Library, Room 222. Sign up (optional) and more information at out Facebook Events page.
  • April 30, 2018: 11 a.m. - Noon (lecture), Noon - 1 p.m. (post-lecture lunch, discussion) "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. Co-sponsored by EEAS, University Crossing, room 490. 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: University Crossing, Room 290. Sign-up (optional) and more information at our Facebook Events page.

Earlier Events

  • Feb. 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.
  • Jan. 18, 2018: CCI Faculty Annual Retreat
  • Jan. 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
    See: Boston Globe article and additional coverage of this legislative briefing.
    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.