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CANCELED SES Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration

Event Details

April 22, 2020
10:00 am-3:00 pm

Olver Design Building

Room: Atrium

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

This event has been canceled.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) is hosting its annual celebratory event. It is expected to attract several hundred students, faculty, staff, and community members as well as top university and public officials.  The day includes a student showcase, a keynote presentation, a catered lunch, and a community workshop.  All are welcome to attend.

In addition, there are a number of other Earth Day events.  Visit the UMass Calendar of Events page to see a full listing of what is happening on campus this week.


The following are the key components of our Earth Day Celebration:

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.          Student Showcase

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Welcome & Opening Remarks

followed by                     Presentation by David Reidmiller

followed by                     Keynote presentation by Ko Barrett

1:00-2:00 p.m.                Buffet Style Lunch


The Student Showcase is an exhibition of SES student projects on relevant Earth Day topics such as sustainability, climate change, resiliency, environmental solutions, green design, clean energy and others.  SES undergraduate and graduate students as well as student teams are encouraged to take part in this event.  To be considered, students must submit a quick 5-minute online application by Wednesday, April 8.

Preparatory sessions will be offered on the following days:

Tuesday, April 14th | 5:30-6:30 PM | John W. Olver Design Building Room 162

Wednesday, April 15th | 5:30-6:30 PM | John W. Olver Design Building Room 162

Online Application: Reserve your spot here!

Students with a research poster, class project, video, model or other visual product are encouraged to join.


David Reidmiller is the Acting Federal Director of the Department of the Interior's Northeast and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers. Prior to this appointment, Dave was detailed to the U.S. Global Change Research Program at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he served as Director of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Earlier in his career, he was the Chief Climate Scientist and Lead Climate Science & Technology Negotiator at the U.S. Department of State. His responsibilities in that position included coordinating U.S. engagement in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and leading negotiations related to science and technology in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the Paris Agreement. Dr. Reidmiller has also been an American Meteorological Society Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate, as well a Mizrayan Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in 2010 and has a BA in Chemistry from Colgate University.



The Keynote presentation will be by Ko Barrett, the Co-Chair for the International Panel on Climate Change and the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2015, Ko Barrett was one of the first women elected to serve as a vice-chair of the IPCC. For over 15 years, she has represented the United States on delegations charged with negotiating and adopting scientific assessments undertaken by the IPCC. She has also served for over a decade as a lead negotiator for the United States on the United Nations treaty on climate change. Ko Barrett is widely recognized as an expert on climate policy, particularly on issues related to climate impacts and strategies to help society adapt to a changing world.


If you have questions about our annual Earth Day Celebration or need more details, please contact

Event Category

Special/Other Earth Day