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Climate Change Teach-In

You are invited! Join the UMass Lowell community on Thursday, October 19 from 4-6 p.m. in welcoming leading experts on responding to climate change at the annual Climate Change Teach-In "Building Communities for Climate Action.” The event will be held at UMass Lowell in Cumnock Hall auditorium on North Campus.

Join students, faculty and community members for an for an engaging and informative afternoon with...

By Edwin Aguirre
Reporter, UMass Lowell
Barlow with weather chartsIn May 2006, an unusually strong low-pressure system stalled over the central United States, bringing torrential rains to the Northeast and triggering widespread flooding...

by Ed Brennen

When state legislators wanted to learn more about climate change and how energy policies can impact global warming, they didn’t have to look far for scientific expertise.

Assoc. Prof. Juliette Rooney-Varga of environmental biology and several fellow members of UMass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative were...

By Professor Lori Weeden

If you were to look at a map of Haiti, you would immediately notice that most of the cities and towns are located along the coast. This reality is why much of the 10 million plus population of Haiti is threatened by sea level rise resulting from climate change. Of course, sea level rise is not the only threat to Haiti posed by climate change. The island of Hispaniola, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic is relatively mountainous. Haiti occupies the western side of the...

By Margaret Sobkowicz-Kline

The 2016 presidential election has sent many people into a state of uncertainty, anger and even despair. As is well publicized now, the pollsters got it wrong. Even the Electoral College has been called into question as a representation of the population’s beliefs. But climate change is an issue that transcends the politics of our nation. Now that some of the dust has settled, I have begun to reflect on the implications of the...

By Charlotte Ryan, Professor, UMass Lowell

The Survey: Students in Sociology of Communication and Social Change SOCI 3110 put themselves in the shoes of the roughly 48% of UMass Lowell students who think that climate change is real, but will not impact their lives and or their families’ lives in the near future. It is important to note that only 3% of UMass Lowell students...

Disaster Clean Up Guide

By Craig Slatin

The U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recently awarded supplemental funding for The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employee Association (TNEC-CSEA). TNEC-CSEA operates a worker health and safety training program for workers engaged in hazardous waste...

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...

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