Celebrating Our Planet and Advancing a Just, Sustainable, and Resilient Future

Our lives may feel more confined these days, but nonetheless, we must continue to strive for the future of the planet. The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University will be hosting a webinar on April 20 about climate action and social justice during and in the wake of COVID-19. Additional resources are available below. Join us!


Audio and Video | Climate Action & Social Justice During COVID19: A Time for Transformation

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#EarthDay | #NUClimateCovid19

This time of massive societal disruption is requiring us to reconsider many things, including how we prepare for the climate crisis and how we address growing inequities and disparities. In connection with Earth Day 2020’s 50-year celebration of activism, this panel reflects on integrating climate action and social justice into this transformative time. Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Global Resilience Institute invite you to join this conversation about mobilizing for a better future for all.


  • Matt Nisbet, Professor of Communication and Public Policy, Northeastern University
  • Karl Meakin, Environmental Science undergraduate student; Research Assistant, Initiative for Energy Justice, Northeastern University; Member of the Boston chapter of the Sunrise Movement
  • Maria Cimilluca, VP for Facilities Management, Northeastern University
  • Ted Landsmark, Professor and Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern Unviersity
  • Jennie Stephens, Professor and Director, School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, Director of Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University, Moderator


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Sustainability and Resilience at the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs

Courses & Programs

In line with our commitment to prepare leaders who address complex problems, serve communities and build a just, sustainable, and resilient world, the School of Public Policy of Urban Affairs offers an array of courses surrounding sustainability and resilience, as well as unique concentration opportunities for our programs.

Northeastern’s Climate Action Planning Process

Advancing sustainability and resilience, through research, teaching, experiential learning, and community engagement, is a key priority for Northeastern University. During this time of COVID19-related disruption and social change, we are launching a university-wide planning process to update Northeastern’s sustainability and resilience goals and guide the universities future innovations. The world has changed a lot since Northeastern’s current Climate Action Plan was developed in 2010. Anticipating future climate disruptions and connecting sustainability and resilience planning with research, learning and community-wide engagement is more important than ever. Through a participatory community process we want to co-create a bold new vision and roadmap for climate resilience innovation and sustainability at Northeastern University.

As we practice physical distancing and staying safe, we invite you to share your ideas and suggestions on advancing sustainability and resilience throughout the Northeastern community.  To inform the planning process, we are seeking input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members on which programs and innovations should be prioritized and how Northeastern can enhance our societal impact.

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Global Resilience Institute COVID-19 Course

How to be Safe and Resilient

During this global emergency, we all need to take extra care of ourselves and each other. This short course provides the basic knowledge and skills you need to be safe and resilient. Spend an hour moving through the course’s simple steps. It may be the most important thing you do. Our goal at Northeastern University is for you to feel empowered to take actions that can reduce anxiety and save lives. Let’s all commit ourselves to working together as a community to be safe and resilient!

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Climate Resources

Local and Global Information Regarding Climate Change

As part of this past semester’s Open Classroom, we compiled a list of general and topic-specific information resources, including research, data, reports. and news articles. Information is organized by topic. Additional resources specific to Boston and the Northeastern community are also available.

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