The Sustainable Solutions Lab, or SSL (sɪsəl), at UMass Boston is a collaborative research and action institute focused on keeping historically excluded people and communities safe and healthy in the face of climate change. We are a groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary partnership of six schools and four institutes across the University:
Collaborative of Asian American, Native American, Latino, and African American Institutes (CANALA)
College of Education and Human Development
College of Liberal Arts
College of Management
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
School for the Environment
What We Do
Advance Climate Justice Research
Several research projects are in the pipeline looking at a wide range of communities and disparate climate change impacts.
Build a Research Community
SSL is working to re-write the narrative of what "counts" as climate research and is actively connecting with social scientists and scholars who focus on racial justice and who did not previously see their work as intersecting with the climate crisis.
Influence Local Climate Resilience
SSL’s events consistently bring together adaptation professionals, cutting edge research and stories from the frontlines of the climate crisis. Through our research, policy briefings and strategic initiatives, we collaborate with others to move toward equitable adaptation.