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Climate Change Initiative Events


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Join us for two nights of cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration on sustainability!
  • Sowing SEEDs of Sustainability 
    Nov. 29th, 4-6pm in O'Leary Mezzanine 
    A presentation of both student research in sustainability and pertinent resources on campus, followed by a SEED Fund brainstorming session. Free refreshments. Space is limited and registration is required, Register below for Sowing SEEDs of Sustainability
  • Invisibilities: Seeing and Unseeing the Anthropocene
    Dec. 5th, 3:30-5:30pm in O'Leary 222 
    An exploration of how images can shape our understanding of climate and environment. Presented by Peter L. Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, and Caroline A. Jones, Professor of Art History at MIT, followed by a panel discussion with Juliette Rooney-Varga, Climate Change Initiative and EEAS, and Misha Rabinovich, Art & Design. No registration required, just show up!

Register Online For the 2018 Climate Change Teach-In

Learn more about the 2018 David Lustick Climate Change Teach-In.

Sponsored by the Climate Change Coalition, the Office of Sustainability, and the Climate Change Initiative.

Earlier in 2018

  • September 25, 2018, Gina McCarthy “Environmental Protection, Health Equity and Impact: Investing for a Sustainable Future”
    • Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years. She served under President Barack Obama as the 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2013–2017.
    • Gina is currently Professor of Practice of Public Health and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard School of Public Health. She leads the development of the School’s strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability.
    • She also currently acts as an Operating Advisor at Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm in New York focused on the intersection of global sustainability, health and wellness.
    • The Lunchtime Lectures are co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series and the UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations. Additional UMass Lowell Co-Sponsors include Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Francis College of Engineering, Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Climate Change Initiative.
  • September 20, 2018, Dartmouth historian, Annelise Orleck, " We are all Fast-food Workers Now: Global Uprising against Poverty Wages." Historian Annelise Orleck will speak at a forum for students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
    • Professor Orleck will explore globalization as seen through the eyes of the worker-activists in cities and countries around the world, and illustrate how workers have been fighting back against exploitation and precarious working conditions in a variety of industries. Orleck is professor of history at Dartmouth College; she has written on women's activism, black mothers in the war on poverty, Soviet Jewish Americans, and more. The book "'We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now:' The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages" will be available for purchase and signing after the event. This event is co-sponsored by: American Studies, the Bachelor of Liberal Arts, the Center for Asian American Studies, the Center for Women and Work, Economics, Gender Studies, GRACE/MTA, History, the Labor Education Program, NEJB-UNITE HERE, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Race and Ethnic Studies, SEIU 888, Sociology, the Climate Change Initiative and the Tsongas Industrial History Center.
  • May 3, 2018, "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.