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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conference

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  1. 1. The University or College as a Catalyst for a Sustainable Future: Knowledge ↔Action April 15, 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses & Communities Conference David W. Cash, Ph.D. Dean John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies University of Massachusetts Boston 100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393 USA Office: +1-617-287-5511 Cell: +1-617-794-9431
  2. 2. I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with others less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pays for living - the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals. Marian Wright Edelman, founder, Children's Defense Fund
  3. 3. In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. -Yogi Berra
  4. 4. …the foundational prototype for the New American University model—an institution predicated on accessibility to an academic platform underpinned by discovery and knowledge production, inclusiveness to a broad demographic representative of the socioeconomic diversity of the region and nation, and, through its breadth of functionality, maximization of societal impact. Designing the New American University by Michael M. Crow & William B. Dabars
  5. 5. SALIENCE CREDIBILITY LEGITIMACY The Three Pillars of Knowledge for Action
  6. 6. Dynamic and Innovative Research and Service Projects Worldwide
  7. 7. CLIMATE AT A CROSSROADS: UMASS BOSTON SPEAKER SERIES Delivering on the Paris Promise: Climate Opportunities and Challenges Wednesday, February 24, 3:30 - 5 p.m. McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Ryan Lounge MODERATOR David Cash, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies PANELISTS ool for the Environment nce and Sustainability Snapshots of Knowledge ↔Action for Sustainability
  8. 8. A New Institution The Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston
  9. 9. Sustainable Solutions Lab @UMass Boston Security, Prosperity and Justice in the Era of Climate Change About Scientists, Scholars, & Fellows Research & Publications Local & Global Partners Academic Programs Achievements & Honors Contact Us The ecological and economic transformations of our era present us with challenges and opportunities of unprecedented scale and complexity. These demand a disciplined, sophisticated, agile and transdisciplinary approach to problem solving. Challenges such as climate change threaten the security not only of our human community, our built environment, and our economy, but also the natural systems upon which we all depend. The Sustainable Solutions Lab @ UMass Boston is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary institute designed to provide a broad range of innovative applied solutions to complex issues surrounding climate change impacts on human and natural systems. These include solutions to impacts on coastal human and natural systems ranging across spatial and sectoral scales, from communities to economies to society, encompassing adaptation and resiliency planning and the associated security implications for affected individuals, cities, nations and the world.Funders Google Foundation National Science Foundation State Street Bank UN foundation US EPA Barr Foundation Partners UNEP UNDP North East Clean Energy Council City of Boston Commonwealth of Massachusetts Climate at a Crossroads: Rachel Kyte VP World Bank NSF IGERT team plans climate resilience study in Ethiopia Cutting edge solutions worldwide School for Env launches autonomous ocean monitor
  10. 10. Thank you! David W. Cash, Ph.D. Dean John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies University of Massachusetts Boston 100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393 USA Office: +1-617-287-5511 Cell: +1-617-794-9431