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Climate Change Initiative Events


November 3, 2016, Cumnock Hall, 3-5 p.m., "Dealing with a Changing World" 

Join the UMass Lowell community on Thursday, November 3 from 3-5 p.m. in welcoming leading experts on understanding and responding to climate change at the annual Climate Change Teach-In "Dealing with a Changing World: How do we Respond?” 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. 

Arrive early to register and for raffle prizes, view research posters and exhibits. This event typically draws over 400 students, staff, faculty and community members!

Online Registration Required

Note: 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 sponsored by the Climate Change Initiative and the Office Of Sustainability. See our flyer (pdf) for additional information.

  • Michael Green is the Executive Director and Founding Partner of Climate Action Business Association (CABA). The Boston-based organization focuses on organizing leaders of small local businesses to advocate for action on climate issues on local, state, national, and international platforms. CABA also supports local businesses to reduce their carbon footprints and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change through metrics-driven programs and strategic support from staff. Michael advocates for policies to address climate change within and beyond his position at CABA. In addition to working on various national and international campaigns, Michael has served as a representative to the United Nations since 2012, focusing on international climate policy. He recently has been awarded as a Champion of Change by the Obama Administration as well as receiving the 2016 Greenovate Earth Day Award from the Mayor of Boston.
  • Spencer Glendon is a Partner at Wellington Management where he leads the firm in research on a variety of idiosyncratic topics. For the past several years he has focused on the models and empirics behind climate science and finance and the gaps between the disciplines and their practitioners. In prior roles at the firm, Spencer was the Director of Investment Research and a specialist on China.

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November 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 and registration.

Earlier Events

  • September 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 Week & Month Plans - for period April 1-25, 2016. A month of Earth Day Activities took place - 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, 2016Accelerating 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,  “Effects of climate change across seasons on northern hardwood forests," Pamela Templer, Ph.D., Boston University