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Climate Change Initiative Events


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March 26, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m, Maloney Hall, University Crossing, Taina Asili y La Banda Rebeldes, enjoy an evening of Afro-Latin-Rock Fusion music, film and conversation, all centered around the many facets of sustainability. Topics include climate justice, Puerto Rico, and ways in which to make the world a more sustainable and cooperative place. Sponsored by the Student Society for Sustainability, the Climate Change Initiative and the Office of Sustainability Seed Fund.

April 8, 2019, 2 – 3 p.m., Ball 208, "Renewable Energy or Worse Than Coal? The Real Climate Impacts of Wood Bioenergy," with Juliette Rooney-Varga,

The US, EU, China, and other governments around the world define wood as a carbon-neutral, renewable energy source and, in many cases, actively encourage its use through subsidies and other policies. In Massachusetts, wood bioenergy is subsidized by taxpayers and included in the energy mix used by corporations and institutions seeking carbon neutrality. We used a dynamic life cycle analysis to determine the carbon and climate impacts of wood bioenergy over policy-relevant time horizons. We find that the climate impacts of wood bioenergy are far from carbon neutral and is often worse than coal.

Juliette Rooney-Varga is an expert on climate change and sustainability. She is the director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and associate professor of environmental science. Sponsored by the Climate Change Initiative and the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

A colorful sign that reads "Earth Day" is exposed on the street during the Lowell Earth Day festivities. Photo by Meghan Moore of MegPix
A colorful sign that reads "Earth Day" exposed on the streets of Lowell during the local Earth Day festivities.

Sunday, May 5, 2019, The 2019 Lowell Earth Day Festival & Parade, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Get the most up-to-date 2019 Lowell Earth Day information on the Lowell Earth Day website

Celebrate Earth day with over 50 organizations that stage events to celebrate Lowell’s sustainability in all of its aspects – environmental, artistic and cultural and participate in Lowell's Earth Day Festival & Parade at the end of April or beginning of May.

To learn more about the event and to see photographs of past events please visit the Lowell Earth Day website.

Earlier Events

March 18, 2019, "Energy/Water Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities in the Water Sector" Madeline Snow, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. This interactive seminar will explore: (1) energy use in wastewater and drinking water facilities; (2) a process to identify opportunities for reducing energy use; and (3) real-world examples of sustainability practices, equipment and technology.

Madeline Snow is a staff member of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. She works with organizations to improve energy performance, environmental compliance and sustainability. She facilitated energy workshops for wastewater and drinking water facilities in all 6 New England states. She is currently working with a public transit authority, public school district, and food/beverage processors to change practices to become more environmentally, fiscally and socially sustainable.  She has a B.A. in Biology/Environmental studies from New College of Florida and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School. Sponsored by the Climate Change Initiative and the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.