Carolyn McCarthy is a Program Associate at the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative where she develops and researches the learning impacts of interactive simulation-based curriculum for low-income and first-generation-in-college students. She collaborates with the Council for Opportunity in Education and external consultants on the Geo-Interactive and iStronG Projects, both centered around the World Climate Simulation and funded by the National Science Foundation. In her role at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, she supports the operations of the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy which brings together efforts across academics, facilities, and administration at the university to coordinate local action and enhance student experiences in sustainability.
Having previously guided strategic planning processes for cross-sector collaborative networks with the Institute for Strategic Clarity, her main interests are in the practical applications of systems thinking problem-solving for collective action. Past statewide initiatives include the Vermont Energy Futures Initiative and Open Opportunity – Massachusetts.
Carolyn earned a Master of Philosophy in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Vermont in Global Studies, Spanish, and Dance.