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Climate Change Highlight Event

Join us for an interactive exploration of possible futures at the 2017 Climate Change Teach-In!

The 2017 Climate Change Teach-In, "Building Communities for Climate Action", will feature Vanessa Rule, founder of Mothers Out Front and Carl Spector, Commissioner of the Environment for the City of Boston.

  • Location: Cumnock Hall, UMass Lowell, North Campus
  • Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Time: 4–6 p.m.

Arrive early for refreshments, registration, networking and poster/display viewing

Registration is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Register Online to Attend the 2017 Climate Change Teach-In

You will receive a reminder several days before the event. Feel free to invite your colleagues and friends!


Vanessa Rule, Mothers Out Front, Co-Founder, Director of Expansion and Learning.

Vanessa Rule has been working since 2007 on building the grassroots power needed for decision-makers to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to address the climate crisis. She initially worked with other Somerville residents leading Somerville Climate Action, educating and facilitating change in the residential, municipal, and business sectors.  In 2009, she co-founded Better Future Project and 350 Massachusetts to help build broad political support for a state and regional transition off fossil fuels. In 2012, she co-founded Mothers Out Front, where she currently acts as Director of Expansion and Learning, to organize and mobilize the power of mothers to ensure that that decision-makers represent all children's interests in the face of the climate crisis.

Carl Spector, City of Boston, Commissioner of the Environment.

Carl Spector is Commissioner of the Environment for the City of Boston. He oversees programs related to climate mitigation and adaptation, environmental protection, historic preservation, and other aspects of sustainability. Before joining Boston City Hall in 2005, Carl worked on a wide variety of environmental and energy issues for the federal government and in private industry. He holds degrees in physics and environmental science.

Our Purpose

The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) seeks to raise awareness on the greatest challenge facing humanity: climate change. It serves as a catalyst on climate change and sustainability issues on campus and beyond. Internationally renowned climate scientists, policy experts, and activists have been featured speakers including Drs. Michael Mann, Kerry Emanuel, Paul Kirshen, Bill Moomaw, Jennifer Francis, Bruce Anderson, John Sterman, Elizabeth Sawin and Mayor Joe Curtatone, as well as experts in climate communication and social movements (Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, Eli Kintisch, Wen Stephenson, Michael Gordan, Spencer Glendon and Craig Altemose). The event is webcast and draws viewers from around the United States.In addition, explore CCI online resources, including curriculum information and modules, research and blog updates.

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