Please check back frequently for updates:
- March 6, 2014, Dugan 105 (Admissions Conference Room), South Campus, 1-2:30 p.m. Climate Change Initiative-Team Meeting. Members meet to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
- March 27, 2014, Trustees Room, Cumnock Hall, 4:30-8 p.m., World Climate Game Session. Students and faculty members are invited to join in this World Climate game session. World Climate is a role-playing simulation game that gives participants a chance to negotiate a global agreement to address climate change. It has been played by Nobel-prize winning scientists, former Secretary of State George Schultz, CEOs of major corporations, the President of MIT, and students around the world. Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga (Director of the Climate Change Initiative) will be facilitating the session. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary! Students can sign up as players; faculty members can be players, help facilitate or simply observe.
Space is limited. Please register online ASAP.
- March 31, 2014, Noon-1 p.m., O'Leary 222, South Campus, Freddy Lozano, "The True Cost of Coal:
Labor, Environment, and Big Mining in Colombia" Join us for a discussion. Fredy Lozano is currently studying law at the Universidad Simón Bolívar de Barranquilla. He is a three-time past-president of the Puerto Bolivar section of Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria del Carbon (“Sintracarbon”). He also works at Cerrejon, the largest open pit mine in Latin America. Free and open to the public. For more information please contact Prof. Chad Montrie, email@example.com
- April 5, 2014, "Beat the Heat," UMass Lowell students and the City of Lowell team up to raise awareness about climate change. Details on location and more information will be posted soon.
- April 8, 2014, 3:30-4:20 p.m. in Olsen 408, Dr. Hahrie Han, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College, will address "Building a Climate Movement: Organizing as an Approach to Social Change."
- April 10, 2014, Olsen 210A, North Campus, 1-2:30 p.m. Climate Change Initiative-Team Meeting. Members meet to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
- April 17, 2014, Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference at UMass Lowell - The annual Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects stakeholders from municipalities, college campuses, government, businesses and nonprofits. Everyone wanting to learn more about best practices, current trends, and resources will find this conference timely, practical and valuable. This conference has sold out in the past. Register ASAP or by March 20 for a reduced rate.
The two conferences are held same day and location in Lowell. Attendees may attend either or both conferences.
- May 1, 2014, Alumni Hall Lounge, 5-7:00 p.m. "Our shared climate legacy: Student-produced film shorts and an intergenerational discussion about responding to climate change" We are excited to present an evening featuring short, student-produced videos and an open, student-lead discussion about what we can do to create a better future in the face of our changing climate. With support from the NASA-funded Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project (http://cleanet.org/cced_media/), UMass Lowell students taking the Climate Change: Science, Communication, and Solutions course will present what they have learned, what they want to communicate, and the questions they have for each other and their community on how we can shape a future that responds to climate change while improving human well being. Note: Parking is easily available at this time on North Campus, gates will be up in the Olsen and Riverside lots. Free and open to the public.
- Feb. 5, 2014, Climate Change Initiative-Team Meeting. Online meeting to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
- Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, 2014, Faculty Workshop on Cross-Disciplinary Climate Change Education - Faculty development workshop on interactive, cross-disciplinary climate change education tools. Workshop participants:
- Obtain resources for explaining key climate change science concepts and overcoming common misconceptions.
- Use systems thinking skills and tools to generate insights into complex, dynamic aspects of climate, energy, and related human systems.
- Learn about and experience simulation role-playing exercises framed by Climate Interactive’s accessible, transparent, and scientifically rigorous computer simulations
- Create an implementation plan for bringing climate change education into their own courses, with support from workshop facilitators and fellow participants.
Support for this workshop comes from UMass Lowell’s Climate Action Plan, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Faculty from the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and staff of Climate Interactive
, an organization at the forefront of creating decision-support simulations around climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, will lead the workshop.
The workshop will be January 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and January 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Space is limited. The workshop is open to faculty from any institution.
This workshop is aligned with UMass Lowell’s Climate Action Plan Academic Goals and UMass Lowell faculty who participate and implement a climate change module will also be meeting service obligation. We are also able to provide UMass Lowell faculty participants with a $150 stipend for attending both days and a $150 upon implementing a module into their course(s).
Climate Change Teach-In, Highlight Event from 2013 (See "Past Events" for more 2013 activities):
Oct. 17, 2013,
Too Late for What? Real Choices on a Changing Planet: Fifth Annual Climate Change Teach-In.
Over 450 faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to find out what leading experts on climate change impacts, activism, and policy are saying about our choices today and our world tomorrow. Check out Full Event Coverage of the 2013 Teach-In event, featuring Chancellor Marty Meehan, Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., Wen Stephenson and Elizabeth Sawin, Ph.D.
Links to Presentations: Chancellor Marty Meehan and Wen Stephenson.
• Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., Research Professor, Institute for Coastal and Marine Science, Rutgers University. Francis co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages.
• Wen Stephenson, a writer and climate activist, is a contributor to Grist and the Boston Phoenix and has written about climate and culture for the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Slate.
• Elizabeth Sawin, Ph.D., Co-Director of Climate Interactive. She is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker whose work for the past fifteen years has combined analysis with coaching, teaching and communication approaches that help people transform systems towards sustainability.