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Climate Change Initiative Events


Legislative Briefing March 29, 2017

"Meeting the Climate and Energy Challenge"
The State House, House Members Lounge, Boston, Mass.
10:30 a.m. - Noon. 
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

Climate change poses serious threats to Massachusetts’ communities and economy, with rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, and climate disasters representing growing concerns. More than 60% of Massachusetts voters are worried about climate change and almost 80% believe that the government should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. While meeting the climate challenge offers opportunities to improve our public health, economy, and environment, it is often difficult to navigate the complexity of climate change science and policy. Through an interactive simulation and discussion, this Legislative Briefing will offer 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. 


  • Feb. 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.
  • Jan. 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.
  • Nov. 16, 2016, "Climate Change and a Path to Clean Energy" Professor Steven Chu, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, School of Medicine at Stanford University.
  • Nov. 3-4, 2016, National & International Partnerships Workshop on Sustainability, This one-and-a-half-day program brings together sustainability educators, practitioners, NGOs and industry, government and future leaders for an interactive experience. More information, schedule.
  • Nov. 3, 2016, "Dealing with a Changing World" Join the UMass Lowell community in welcoming leading experts on understanding and responding to climate change. What are the opportunities and challenges for creative solutions? Join students, faculty and community members for an for an engaging and informative afternoon with Michael Green, Executive Director and founding partner of Climate Action Business Association, representative to the United Nations since 2012 and awardee as a "Champion of Change" by the Obama Administration, and Spencer Glendon, Partner at Wellington Management Company and researcher of models behind climate science and finance. Hear from Chancellor Moloney, student leaders and others about what the university is doing, and what you can do, to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. The Teach-In has been given the Essential Learning Outcome's SRE (Social Responsibility and Ethics) label for co-curricular activities. The David Lustick Climate Change Teach-In is named in honor of our colleague and sustainability advocate, David Lustick, who passed away this year. The event is sponsored by the Climate Change Initiative and the Office of Sustainability. View an archived recording of the live-streamed event and the event flyer (pdf) for additional information.
  • Sept. 15, 2016, Speaker, Susan Solomon, Ph.D., internationally recognized professor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Science at MIT. Solomon currently holds the Ellen Swallow Richards (ESR) professorship. She is the distinguished speaker for the first ESR lecture. Inquiries to: Professor Chad Montrie
  • Earth Day activities took place during the entire month of April 2016 - organized by CCI member John Wooding, the Office of Sustainability and community organizations.
  • April 26, 2016, Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, Eco-Film Series: Night of Shorts! Watch, listen, ask, and learn about what climate change means to UMass Lowell students, faculty, and staff. Students will present film shorts on climate change; the films are self-produced, as part of a course they are taking.
  • April 6, 2016, Accelerating the Green Energy Transition. Massachusetts, already a national leader in leader in energy efficiency, is poised to take a big step in accelerating the transition to clean energy as a proposed carbon price gains support. Regional leaders will discuss the impact of a state-wide carbon price on business, employment, and building technology. This event is open to all - please feel free to encourage your students to come.
  • March 30, 2016, James McCarthy, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University. Drawing from both controlled laboratory studies and field investigations, Dr. McCarthy will discuss "The Role of Ice in Marine Ecosystems" and the consequential effects of climate change on marine life.
  • March 15-16, 2016 Wind Energy Research Workshop, UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, Lowell. The University of Massachusetts Lowell and Tufts University invite you to the 2016 Wind Energy Research Workshop, sponsored by National Science Foundation, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Tufts University and UMass Lowell. The goal of the workshop is to bring together a diverse audience comprising researchers, manufacturers and government to discuss and define the future of wind energy research.
  • March 2, 2016, Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., "From Specific Aims to Broader Impacts: A Journey from Biogeochemistry Research to Bringing Biogeochemistry to Society" 
  •  Feb. 24, 2016, Boston University Pamela Templer, Ph.D. “Effects of climate change across seasons on northern hardwood forests,"