It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of David Lustick, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Science Education in the Graduate School of Education.

David was a cherished steering committee member of the CCI and a nationally recognized leader in climate change education.

He brought a warm, open sense of curiosity to our efforts together, as well as wisdom and a bit of humor. Despite the fact that climate change is often not the cheeriest of topics, David brought a sense of optimism and hope to his work around it. He often...

Michele Putko, a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell presented a World Energy research paper at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) conference in New Orleans in June, 2016. Michele co-wrote the peer-reviewed paper with Juliette Rooney-Varga, Director of the Climate Change Initiative and Associate Professor of Environmental Biology, also from UMass Lowell. 

“World Energy* in Engineering Design” covers a set of activities that Professor Putko uses in a senior-level...

By Ed Brennen
When the UMass system announced in May that it would become the first major public university to divest from direct fossil fuel holdings, senior biology major Sabrina Pedersen was elated — and stunned.
“It didn’t sink in until the next day just how big it was,” recalls Pedersen, who has...

UMass Lowell Environmental Worker Health and Safety Project Receives $7,635, 459 NIEHS Grants to Address Hazardous Materials and Climate Change Concerns Over Five Years. Project is part of the Climate Change Initiative

UMass Lowell’s longstanding hazardous waste worker/emergency responded health and safety training program submitted a successful competitive proposal for 5 years of funding. The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences has awarded the program “The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employees Association...

CCI Director Juliette Rooney-Varga at COP21

By Juliette Rooney-Varga

As the dust settles and we get back to our work at the CCI, many are asking, what did Paris really deliver? Here are my top three answers:

    1. Paris has delivered a globally shared vision of a transition away from fossil fuels and toward a low-carbon economy.
    2. Paris has made it clear that all countries are already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate and realize that it is in their own self-interest to move away from...

By Juliette Rooney-Varga

The Twenty First Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is by far the largest and perhaps the most important COP thus far.  Unprecedented in scale and approach, COP21 is a product of more than two decades of UN climate negotiations (and its failures) as well as a civil society conference that has emerged from the negotiations and now literally surrounds them.  COP21 attracted over 40,000 participants, including a staggering diversity of peoples, disciplinary expertise, societal sectors, and...

Power it Forward

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Power it Forward launches T-Shirt drive for developing countries! 

More than a billion people in developing countries don’t have access to electricity and Power It Forward decided to do something about it! We are providing access to clean energy by selling T-shirts.

Our goal is to deliver clean energy to people in need so they can be empowered to pursue better jobs and achieve improved...

Naomi Oreskes

Register now for the Climate Change Teach-In, October 7, 4:30-6 p.m, "Setting Records [Straight]: Our changing climate & record-setting extreme weather. Is it time to set the record straight and move towards solutions?" featuring Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University.

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 documentary of the same...

World Climate workshop

by Juliette Rooney-Varga

For years, we’ve had a hunch that the World Climate Exercise delivers deep learning about climate change and often motivates participants to action. Now, thanks to support from the US National Science Foundation, we have data that show just how...