Sustainable Solutions Lab
U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres kicked off our Climate at a Crossroads lecture series. More than any single person, Figueres shepherded the COP 21 agreements in Paris to their historic conclusion.
With the goal of tackling the complexity of the intersection of climate and social equity to create resilient communities within a just, inclusive, and sustainable economy, the deans of UMass Boston’s College of Liberal Arts, College of Management, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, and School for the Environment launched the Sustainable Solutions Lab in 2015. Through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach that leverages the assets of the entire five-campus UMass system and neighboring universities, SSL is developing research-based solutions to our biggest challenges.
Flexible, Responsive, Entrepreneurial, and Innovative, SSL acts as a convening force to bridge the worlds of academia, government, business, policy, science, and community to move key stakeholders toward action for greater resiliency. By ensuring that a wide variety of voices have a seat at the table, SSL supports the development of new ideas and creative strategies.
As Home to Engaged Research, SSL helps identify best practices locally and globally, harnesses the intellectual capacity of other area universities and think tanks, establishes strong strategic partnerships, supports the implementation of a climate-ready blueprint, and analyzes and evaluates results. By serving as a research and development lab for climate preparedness, SSL aids public agencies and community-based organizations in assessing climate vulnerabilities and developing adaptation plans.
At the Nexus of Climate and Social Justice, the work and research of SSL focus on the emerging field of climate justice. Situated within UMass Boston, Boston’s public research university, SSL’s vision and mission focus on the public good. By informing and convening a network of diverse, committed, action-oriented leaders, including participants from communities that are often underrepresented, SSL is creating an engine of research and action to ensure that all Greater Boston residents are prepared equitably for the impacts of climate change.