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Alumni Spotlight: Katie Kalugin, MPP ’18

Katie Kalugin, a former Master of Public Policy student and 2018 graduate, recently started working for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) as a Transit Equity Programs Specialist. We touched base with her recently about her new job and how her experiences in SPPUA helped impact her work today. I’m curious as to why you…
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Published On: January 15, 2020 |
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Climate Change: A Course for Everyone

This spring’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom series is intended to promote climate change education, resilience, and action. We will examine the basic science of climate change, its local and global impacts on the natural world, the built environment, and humankind, and strategies for preventing its worst outcomes while preparing for those we can no longer…
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Published On: December 18, 2019 |
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COP25 Dispatch: The Last(ish) Day of COP25

By Cecelia Bolon, Environmental Studies — Friday was my last day at COP25. The tension and frustration surrounding the negotiations was especially palpable as the final hours of the conference passed. Negotiations were closed, so as an observer I relied on word of mouth, press conferences, and stock-taking plenaries (open updates from the Chilean COP…
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Published On: December 16, 2019 |
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COP25 Dispatch: The Cognitive Dissonance of COP25

By Carlie Clarcq, Political Science — As my week at COP wraps up, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my experience. I have learned so much, and have had the opportunity to attend many different events focused on topics I didn’t know much about before, such as sustainable food systems, including gender…
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Published On: December 13, 2019 |
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COP25 Dispatch: Women Are Leading the Conversation

By Noa Dalzell, Political Science and International Affairs — As my days have passed here at COP25, I’ve grown increasingly comfortable and excited to be in Madrid for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. I’ve found my time here to be incredibly informative and inspiring, and have wanted to attend absolutely everything, typically getting to…
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COP25 Dispatch: Shaken by Climate Justice Protests

By Cecelia Bolon, Environmental Studies — I have been lucky to hear from a number of incredible speakers during my days at COP25 so far, and yesterday was no different. My day began with an unforgettable speech delivered by Greta Thunberg, who struck a beautiful balance between urgency, outrage, and optimism as she called on…
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Published On: December 12, 2019 |
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COP25 Dispatch: Observations from a Newcomer

By Lizzy Warner, Civil and Environmental Engineering — COP25 week two has begun with a buzz. Coming off of the first week where representative, parties, organizations, and observers alike were getting the feel for issues and collective positions. Week two, on the other hand,  has taken on a different feeling. With pressure to conclude negotiations…
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Published On: December 10, 2019 |
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COP25 Dispatch: Blog One, Week Two

By Noa Dalzell, Political Science and International Affairs — Today was my first day at COP25 in Madrid, and it was nothing short of incredible. As an international relations student working primarily in the climate space, I’ve long dreamt of attending a Conference of Parties, and today’s events were a great introduction to this transformative…
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COP25 Dispatch: Do Individual Choices Make a Difference? How Your Daily Life Can Impact the Climate Space 

By: Carlie Clarcq, Political Science — As individuals, it is very difficult to imagine that our actions can truly make a difference in the larger scheme of the climate crisis. However, when individual choices are mobilized and compounded, they can make a real impact upon climate solutions and can drive municipal and international governmental policies….
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COP25 Dispatch: Multilateral Climate Change Negotiations: Inefficient or Invaluable?

By: Stephanie Demetry, School of Law   —   After five days at COP25, the inefficiency of the negotiations has frustrated even the most idealistic NU delegates. Throughout the week, we have been confronted by exhibits and side events that forecast a dismal future in the face of climate inaction, but the urgency of these…
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Published On: December 9, 2019 |
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