Climate Change Initiative

2015 Events

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  • Jan. 15, 2015, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., ETIC Center. CCI Team Members review research, education and outreach goals and plan for the near and long-term future. For more information contact Phyllis Procter:

2014 Events 

  • Dec. 1, 2014, Noon, Kitson Hall, room 309, North Campus, UMass Lowell, Morena Skalamera, Geopolitics of Energy Project, Belfer Center, Harvard University “Russian-China Competition: Oil/Gas as Commodity and Geopolitical Tool”

  • Nov. 17, 2014, Noon, Alumni Hall, North Campus, UMass Lowell, Barbara Kates-Garnick, Director, Energy, Climate and Innovation Program, Tufts University: “Climate Change and Clean Energy Policy”
  • Nov. 24, 2014, Noon, Alumni Hall, North Campus, UMass Lowell, Jonathan Peress, Vice President, Conservation Law Foundation “Natural Gas and Regulatory Reform: Climate Policy Transition or Deterrent?”
  • Oct. 7, 2014, Cumnock Hall, 4 - 6 p.m. Over 600 students, staff, faculty and community members attended the annual Climate Change Teach-In, "Taking the High Ground: Real Actions to Address Global Climate Change."

    Find out what leading experts on climate change, communication, and policy had to say about our choices today and our world tomorrow.  This year's speakers:

  • Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor and Researcher, Earth and Environment, Boston University, Science of global and regional climate variability and change.
  • Mayor Joseph Curtatone, six-term Mayor of Somerville, Ma. A champion of sustainability, Curtatone has introduced and supported initiatives including a net-zero emissions goal for the city by 2050. Mayor Curtanone's reforms have earned the city distinctions by regional and national organizations, including the designation by The Boston Globe as “the best-run city in Massachusetts."
  • Dr. John Sterman, Professor, MIT's Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. Research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of complex systems, climate change and sustainability.
  • Oct. 6, 2014. Noon, Chuck Collins on "How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and How to Build a Green Economy.

    Buffet lunch available, RSVP to:

    Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and he directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good. Chuck is also a Co-Founder of Wealth for the Public Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. Chuck is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, most recently: “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It”. 

    Chuck Collins has worked with a number of prominent wealthy individuals, including William Gates, Sr. and George Soros in an effort to promote tax equity. He co-authored a book with Bill Gates Sr. “Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortune,” a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is a co-author of “Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity”. He is a co-author with Mary Wright of “The Moral Measure of the Economy,” a book about Christian ethics and economic life, as well as “Robin Hood Was Right”. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005. 

    This event is co–sponsored by the College of Health Sciences; Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and the Climate Change Initiative. 
  • Oct. 2, 2014, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dewey Square Park on the Greenway, Boston, Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders in Boston. On behalf of Greenovate Boston and; we cordially invite you to attend Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders in Boston, hosted by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. is an informal science learning program that aims to engage Bostonians with opportunities to learn about climate change. Climate leaders from across the city will be recognized and saluted for their outstanding efforts to make Boston a Leader in climate adaptation and mitigation.  
  • May 13, 2014, Trustees Room, Cumnock Hall, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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.
  • May 1, 2014, Alumni Hall Lounge, 5 - 7 p.m. "Our shared climate legacy: Student-produced film shorts and an intergenerational discussion about responding to climate change" - We are excited to present an evening featuring short, student-produced videos and an open, student-lead discussion about what we can do to create a better future in the face of our changing climate. With support from the NASA-funded Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project (, UMass Lowell students taking the Climate Change:  Science, Communication, and Solutions course will present what they have learned, what they want to communicate, and the questions they have for each other and their community on how we can shape a future that responds to climate change while improving human well being. Members from LIRA, the Learning in Retirement Association are invited guests, along with the general public and UMass Lowell faculty, staff and students.  Free and open to the public.
  • April 30, 2014, O'Leary Library, room 222, South Campus, 6:30 p.m. The Student Environmental Association and Environmental Health Program are hosting a showing of a new, award winning movie about the environmental movement called A FIERCE GREEN FIRE. There will be food before and a short panel afterwards.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

  • April 22-25, Earth Week kicks off every year during the month of April during the week around Earth Day. Events include a week-long collection drives, energy reduction and food composting challenges, bike-to-campus day, and a new campus community garden program. See the event flyer for a full listing of activities.

    The program is made possible through collaboration with numerous organizations across campus, including but not limited to: 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.
  • April 17, 2014, Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference at UMass Lowell - The annual Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects stakeholders from municipalities, college campuses, government, businesses and nonprofits. Everyone wanting to learn more about best practices, current trends, and resources will find this conference timely, practical and valuable.
  • April 16, 2014, Olney 204, 4-6 p.m., Kate Swanger,  Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental, Earth
    and Atmospheric Sciences, UMass Lowell, Terra Incognita: Unraveling and Geologic and Climatic History of Antarctica.
  • April 10, 2014, Climate Change Initiative -Team Meeting.  Members meet to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
  • April 8, 2014,  Hahrie Han, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College,  "Building a Climate Movement: Organizing as an Approach to Social Change."
  • April 4, 2014, 3 - 5 p.m, O'Leary Library Mezzanine. The Cool Science team is pleased to announce the Cool Science Awards Ceremony and Reception. Chancellor Marty Meehan, Vice Provost Julie Chen, and other honored guests will be present this spring when we celebrate and honor the 2014 Cool Science awardees and their artwork. The Cool Science program is a K-12 climate change art competition for students throughout Massachusetts. In the fall, Cool Science received over 400 works of art from students across the state. A distinguished and diverse panel selected six winning entries, six runners-up, and twelve honorable mentions. The 24 artists and their works of art represent the very best of our State's young people.
  • March 31, 2014 Freddy Lozano, "The True Cost of Coal: 
Labor, Environment, and Big Mining in Colombia" Join us for a discussion. Fredy Lozano is currently studying law at the Universidad Simón Bolívar de Barranquilla.  He is a three-time past-president of the Puerto Bolivar section of Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria del Carbon (“Sintracarbon”).  He also works at Cerrejon, the largest open pit mine in Latin America. Free and open to the public. For more information please contact Prof. Chad Montrie,

  • March 27, 2014 , World Climate Game Session. Students and faculty members are invited to join in this World Climate game session. World Climate is a role-playing simulation game that gives participants a chance to negotiate a global agreement to address climate change. It has been played by Nobel-prize winning scientists, former Secretary of State George Schultz, CEOs of major corporations, the President of MIT, and students around the world. Juliette Rooney-Varga (Director of the Climate Change Initiative) will be facilitating the session. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary! Students can sign up as players; faculty members can be players, help facilitate or simply observe. 
  • March 25, 2014 , Gaming Climate Change for Collaboration on Adaptation, Todd Schenk, MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, PhD candidate and the Assistant Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative. Description - Climate change poses a range of threats to our communities and built environments, yet how those threats will manifest, what should be done to prepare, and who is responsible is often far from clear. This session will revolve around the playing of an exercise designed for use with stakeholders grappling with adaptation challenges and seeking collaborative pathways forward. We will introduce examples of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative’s work using exercises with communities, and discuss how this type of exercise can advance planning and decision-making on climate change adaptation.
  • March 6, 2014, Climate Change Initiative-Team Meeting.  Members meet to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
  • Feb. 5, 2014,  Climate Change Initiative-Team Meeting. Online meeting to discuss new activities, projects and research, in order to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.
  • Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, 2014, Faculty Workshop on Cross-Disciplinary Climate Change Education - Faculty development workshop on interactive, cross-disciplinary climate change education tools. Workshop participants:
  • Obtain resources for explaining key climate change science concepts and overcoming common misconceptions.
  • Use systems thinking skills and tools to generate insights into complex, dynamic aspects of climate, energy, and related human systems. 
  • Learn about and experience simulation role-playing exercises framed by Climate Interactive’s accessible, transparent, and scientifically rigorous computer simulations
  • Create an implementation plan for bringing climate change education into their own courses, with support from workshop facilitators and fellow participants. 
Support for this workshop comes from UMass Lowell’s Climate Action Plan, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Faculty from the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and staff of Climate Interactive, an organization at the forefront of creating decision-support simulations around climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, will lead the workshop. 
The workshop will be January 15 and January 16. The workshop is open to faculty from any institution.
This workshop is aligned with UMass Lowell’s Climate Action Plan Academic Goals and UMass Lowell faculty who participate and implement a climate change module will also be meeting service obligation. We are also able to provide UMass Lowell faculty participants with a $150 stipend for attending both days and a $150 upon implementing a module into their course(s). 

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