- 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 our Facebook events page.
- April 19, 2018, Noon. "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. This event is part of the Lowell Festival of Learning and is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Center for Irish Partnerships and the Climate Change Initiative. Location: Maloney Hall, Room 206, University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St. Free and open to the public. Sign up (optional) and more information at our Facebook events page. Read more in the Sustainable Urban University Panel Discussion event flyer (pdf).
Karen Cirillo, Lowell City Councilor
Dr. Ger Mullally, Department of Sociology, University College Cork
Dr. John O'Halloran, Deputy President and Registrar, University College Cork
Ruairi O'Mahony, Director, Office of Sustainability, UMass Lowell
Dr. John Saltmarsh, Professor of Higher Education, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Moderated by: Dr. 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. On April 20 there will be a tour and discussion of UMass Lowell Greenhouse and Urban Agriculture at UMass Lowell, plus other events April 20, 21 and 22. Find out more about the Lowell Earth Day Events.
- Festival of Learning Event Flyer (pdf)
- April 24, 2018: 11 a.m. - Noon (lecture), Noon- 1 p.m. (post-lecture lunch, discussion) "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). Location: Olney Hall, room 212. For more information: Frank Ackerman's Worst-Case Economics website page and Sign-up (optional) on our 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 490. Sign-up (optional) and more information at our Facebook Events page.