Earth Week 2020 at UMass Boston

Due to concerns over COVID-19, UMass Boston is currently operating online only. Many answers about the campus's response to the coronavirus can be found in our special coronavirus web section. 

Earth Week 2020 at UMass Boston April 15-22 Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at UMass Boston

April 15–22, 2020

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, colleges and offices across the university presented a week of online programming for Earth Week 2020 at UMass Boston. 

Christiana Figueres in The Future We ChooseMaria Ivanova, Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

Thursday, April 16, 2020 

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis in the Age of COVID-19

Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Founding Partner, Global Optimism, and Convenor, Mission 2020, discussion moderated by Professor Maria Ivanova.


Review of the book by Associate Professor Maria Ivanova

Living on Earth Host. Steve CurwoodLiving on Earth, Christiana Figueres

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis with Living on Earth

Paris Agreement architect Christiana Figueres & Living on Earth host Steve Curwood in a live discussion about Figueres' new book, “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis” as part of the Good Reads on Earth podcast.

Facebook Livestream

Surya Panditi, CEO of Enel X North America

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 

The Business Case for Clean Energy

Surya Panditi, CEO of Enel X North America, discussed his company’s worldwide effort to promote carbon-free energy. Enel X North America will reduce UMass Boston’s carbon footprint through on-campus solar and batteries. 

Earth Week 2020 Logo

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

School for the Environment’s Earth Day Symposium

The School for the Environment's Virtual Earth Day Symposium included a poster session, panel discussions, networking events, and keynote speeches.

Dean David CashRebecca Herst, Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 

COVID-19 and Climate: Policy and Practice

David Cash, Dean, McCormack Graduate School and Rebecca Herst, Director, Sustainable Solution Lab, UMass Boston discussed the emerging lessons learned from responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can leverage those lessons in addressing climate change.


David Cash Presentation Slides

Rebecca Herst Presentation Slides