Climate Change Initiative Events

Events

  • Earth Week & Month Plans - for period April 1-25, 2016. CCI member John Wooding is working with community and UML groups, developing opportunities for students, faculty and the community to engage. CCI team members may choose to: share a CCI table on Earth Day- representing activities, independent presentations during this period of time, join in planning effort. The group is planning a kick-off event with a public presentation, coordinated with a conference and sustainability event. Please keep the Earth Month period of time in mind for curriculum tie-ins. If interested, contact John Wooding to coordinate. More info to follow, mark your syllabus.
  • April 26, 2016, 6:15 p.m. Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell, MA, 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.

Earlier Events

  • April 6, 2016, 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Moloney Hall, UCC, 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, 4-5 p.m., Olsen 503, 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, 4-5 p.m., Olsen 503, Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., "From Specific Aims to Broader Impacts: A Journey from Biogeochemistry Research to Bringing Biogeochemistry to Society"
  • Feb. 24, 2016, 4- 5 p.m., “Effects of climate change across seasons on northern hardwood forests," Pamela Templer, Ph.D., Boston University, Olsen 102
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 2015, The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris COP21/CMP11. Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D., Director of the Climate Change Initiative, in conjunction with Climate Interactive, showcased research at the Paris Climate Talks, including The World Climate Simulation Game. Simulation-based role-playing games are active learning experiences in which participants take on a role, make decisions, and explore the implications of their decisions on the physical world through a computer simulation. During the Paris Climate talks, the games were played around the world, at the same time representatives from developed, non developed and emerging economies forged a real climate deal for the future. See Rooney-Varga's reflections of the Paris COP21 talks.
  • October 7, 2015 Climate Change Teach-In - "Setting Records (Straight): Our changing climate & record-setting extreme weather. Is it time to set the record straight and move towards solutions?"
    Featuring: Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D., Harvard University. Watch full coverage of the October 7 Teach-In
    Naomi Oreskes is one of the world’s leading historians of science and is co-author of The Collapse of Western Civilization and Merchants of Doubt, which inspired a current documentary of the same name. In 2015 Oreskes wrote the introduction to Pope Francis's "Encyclical of Climate Change and Inequality." She has won numerous prizes for her work and written Op-Ed pieces in the "Washington Post," the "Los Angeles Times," and the "San Francisco Chronicle," as well as providing expert testimony to the U.S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Free and open to the public.
  • October 5, 2015 "Merchants of Doubt" movie screening. Come to find out "How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming." Merchants of Doubt ImageLocation: O'Leary 222
    Date: Monday, October 5
    Time: 6-8 p.m. 
    A question and answer period & a book signing will follow the film screening
    Join the UMass Lowell community in the screening of the "Merchants of Doubt," a documentary movie based on the book of the same name co-authored by Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D, Harvard University. Oreskes will be present to talk about her work, answer questions and sign her books, which will be available for purchase. Refreshments available. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
  • May 13, 2015, CCI Director, Juliette Rooney-Varga, addressed the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Summit, convened by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Fourteen mayors of the metro Boston region signed a commitment to address climate change together as a result: Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Brookline, Winthrop and Braintree. WBUR covered the summit
  • May 12, 2015, Climate Change Initiative Team Strategic Planning meeting. Members of the CCI team review and assess the CCI's mission, goals and achievements and plan for the near and long-term future. Massachusetts State Senator Mark Pacheco addressed the group.
  • April 30, 2015, Andrea Ranger, Energy and Green Building Consultant, "Where our Electricity Comes From" Location: Alumni Hall, 11am - 12:15 p.m. Free and open to the public.
  • April 28, 2015, 11-11:45 a.m., Mike Barrett, State Senator, Massachusetts “Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts, ” Location: Saab ETIC Atrium. Mike Barrett is State Senator for nine Massachusetts communities. He leads legislative efforts in Massachusetts to price carbon products so as to reflect the costs of using them. Progressive and conservative economists are finding common ground in favor of this idea. Working with a small but expanding circle of concerned voters and business groups, he has put the issue of carbon pricing on the state’s political and public policy radar. Interested faculty and administration are invited to a brunch with the Senator, before the talk. Contact Phyllis Procter.
  • April 23, 2015, I'll Stop the World and Melt With You: Student Climate Film Fest, Community Discussion and Luncheon. Over lunch, watch, listen, ask, and learn about what climate change means to UMass Lowell students, faculty, and staff. Students will present self-produced film shorts.
  • April 20-24, 2015, Earth Week events include collection drives, energy reduction and food composting challenges, bike-to-campus day, and a campus community garden program. Sponsored by: Environmental and Emergency Management, Climate Action Plan Sustainability Steering Committee, Facilities Operations & Services, Administrative Services, Transportation, Student Gov.Assoc. (SGA), Student Environmental Alliance (SEA), Student Activities, Residence Life, Dining Services, Climate Change Initiative, City of Lowell and Lowell National Parks. Event Flyer (pdf).
  • April 16, 2015, Oliver S. Garcia, director of Sustainability and Environment, City of Somerville “Making Somerville a Carbon-Neutral City: How do you start the transformation?”
  • March 30-31, 2015, Juliette Rooney-Varga, director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and associate professor of Environmental Biology, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming "Paris Climate 2015-COP 21," an international symposium on education and climate change taking place in Paris on March 30-31, 2015. Rooney-Varga will address “New Interactive Pedagogic Tools” during Day 1 of the symposium, which will be held at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Place d'Iéna). The symposium, which is part of the 12th International Weather and Climate Forum, features scientists, weather presenters and heads of climate plans and sustainable development from 50 countries. It will review a set of French, European and international initiatives around innovative education and training methods on climate change.
  • March 27, 2015, Susan Gallagher, Associate Professor, Political Science and CCI member, addresses National Park Service personnel and staff who work in various national heritage areas. She will discuss ideas about educational programming and the role the CCI can play in climate change education, as part of the conference, "Community Character & Common Theme: The Meaning and Memory of Place."
  • March 25, 2015 - Juliette Rooney-Varga will speak at the "Forum for Policymakers: Climate Change Resiliency - How Will the Commonwealth Fashion Its Future?" This event is sponsored by Senate President Rosenberg and Senators Pacheco, Gobi, Brownsberger and Barrett and Reps. Smizik and Walsh.
  • Feb. 18, 2015, "Make a Change for Us," Do you want to make a difference in the world? Are you concerned about climate change, the environment, your future? Join UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff for the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) Club kickoff meeting. More information is available on the Make A Change for Us Facebook page.
  • Jan. 15, 2015, CCI Team Members review research, education and outreach goals and plan for the near and long-term future. For more information contact Phyllis Procter: phyllis_procter@uml.edu.See Past Events for previous years.
  • May 13, 2015, CCI Director, Juliette Rooney-Varga, addressed the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Summit, convened by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Fourteen mayors of the metro Boston region signed a commitment to address climate change together as a result: Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Brookline, Winthrop and Braintree. WBUR covered the summit.
  • May 12, 2015, Climate Change Initiative Team Strategic Planning meeting. Members of the CCI team review and assess the CCI's mission, goals and achievements and plan for the near and long-term future. Massachusetts State Senator Mark Pacheco addressed the group.
  • April 30, 2015, Andrea Ranger, Energy and Green Building Consultant, "Where our Electricity Comes From" Location: Alumni Hall, 11am - 12:15 p.m. Free and open to the public.
  • April 28, 2015, 11-11:45 a.m., Mike Barrett, State Senator, Massachusetts “Pricing Carbon in Massachusetts, ” Location: Saab ETIC Atrium. Mike Barrett is State Senator for nine Massachusetts communities. He leads legislative efforts in Massachusetts to price carbon products so as to reflect the costs of using them. Progressive and conservative economists are finding common ground in favor of this idea. Working with a small but expanding circle of concerned voters and business groups, he has put the issue of carbon pricing on the state’s political and public policy radar. Interested faculty and administration are invited to a brunch with the Senator, before the talk. Contact Phyllis Procter.
  • April 23, 2015, I'll Stop the World and Melt With You: Student Climate Film Fest, Community Discussion and Luncheon. Over lunch, watch, listen, ask, and learn about what climate change means to UMass Lowell students, faculty, and staff. Students will present self-produced film shorts.
  • April 20-24, 2015, Earth Week events include collection drives, energy reduction and food composting challenges, bike-to-campus day, and a campus community garden program. Sponsored by: Environmental and Emergency Management, Climate Action Plan Sustainability Steering Committee, Facilities Operations & Services, Administrative Services, Transportation, Student Gov.Assoc. (SGA), Student Environmental Alliance (SEA), Student Activities, Residence Life, Dining Services, Climate Change Initiative, City of Lowell and Lowell National Parks. Event Flyer (pdf).
  • April 16, 2015, Oliver S. Garcia, director of Sustainability and Environment, City of Somerville “Making Somerville a Carbon-Neutral City: How do you start the transformation?”
  • March 30-31, 2015, Juliette Rooney-Varga, director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and associate professor of Environmental Biology, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming "Paris Climate 2015-COP 21," an international symposium on education and climate change taking place in Paris on March 30-31, 2015. Rooney-Varga will address “New Interactive Pedagogic Tools” during Day 1 of the symposium, which will be held at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (Place d'Iéna). The symposium, which is part of the 12th International Weather and Climate Forum, features scientists, weather presenters and heads of climate plans and sustainable development from 50 countries. It will review a set of French, European and international initiatives around innovative education and training methods on climate change.
  • March 27, 2015, Susan Gallagher, Associate Professor, Political Science and CCI member, addresses National Park Service personnel and staff who work in various national heritage areas. She will discuss ideas about educational programming and the role the CCI can play in climate change education, as part of the conference, " Community Character & Common Theme: The Meaning and Memory of Place."
  • March 25, 2015 - Juliette Rooney-Varga will speak at the "Forum for Policymakers: Climate Change Resiliency - How Will the Commonwealth Fashion Its Future?" This event is sponsored by Senate President Rosenberg and Senators Pacheco, Gobi, Brownsberger and Barrett and Reps. Smizik and Walsh.
  • Feb. 18, 2015, "Make a Change for Us," Do you want to make a difference in the world? Are you concerned about climate change, the environment, your future? Join UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff for the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) Club kickoff meeting. More information is available on the Make A Change for Us Facebook page.
  • Jan. 15, 2015, CCI Team Members review research, education and outreach goals and plan for the near and long-term future. For more information contact Phyllis Procter: phyllis_procter@uml.edu.See Past Events for previous years.