We work to engage stakeholders as partners who inform our research and education and who benefit from it. We work with community members and organizations from our local community in Lowell to people, companies, and policymakers around the world.
The CCI is working closely with the Lowell City of Learning initiative to make climate change and sustainability key themes of events and conversations to support lifelong learning among Lowell’s people and organizations, including events we hold on campus. We are part of Lowell Celebrates Earth Day activities every April, and are deeply connected with Lowell’s leading social justice and organic community farming organization, Mill City Grows.
CCI faculty have offered numerous briefings and keynote addresses for decision-makers in the private and public sectors. We offer face-to-face and online professional development for educators working in primary, secondary, and higher education, as well as training for first responders to climate disasters. We bring community engagement into our classrooms through service-learning projects that support students’ authentic work beyond academia.
With funding from the Sociology Department, students in SOCI 3300 Fast Food, Hot Planet explored green food efforts in Lowell. Here students help Mill City Grows harvest fall crops at its Big Farm in Pawtucketville.