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Policy School Director Maria Ivanova and students to represent Northeastern University at The Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony

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Prince William and Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton are in Boston this week, through December 2nd, for a series of events related to the awarding of the Earthshot Prize, a global prize for projects that propose solutions to our planet’s most pressing environmental threats. Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy is proud to be represented by Maria Ivanova, Director of the School, at an event at the JFK library the evening of Thursday December 1st, and the award ceremony on Friday December 2nd. Additionally, a delegation of eight Northeastern students who will also be in attendance, thanks to Northeastern alumna Maggie Lytle, who is now Program Assistant in Community Investment, Global Activation and Engagement at John Hancock, which is an event sponsor. These students were chosen from across a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, for their commitment to addressing climate change. We are very excited to have our University and the Policy School represented at this historic and important event! 

Prince William founded the Prize in 2020, modeled after and in honor of President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 Moonshot, a challenge for America to put mankind on the moon within ten years. This year, on the 60th anniversary of that challenge, the Earthshot Prize has partnered with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to bring the awarding of the Prize to Boston, President Kennedy’s birthplace.  

The week of events honoring the Earthshot Prize, and highlighting Boston’s own advances in environmental work includes the royal couple’s visit to Greentown Labs in Somerville, an event Thursday evening at the JFK Library, and will culminate on Friday, December 2nd, in a star-studded awards ceremony, where five winners will be announced– one for each of the Prize’s five challenges. The Prize challenges its finalists to: Protect and Restore Nature, Clean our Air, Revive Our Oceans, Build a Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate. Each winner will receive £1 million each year, for ten years, to support and scale their work.   

The ceremony will be available to stream starting on Monday December 5th, at, and on the PBS Youtube channel.

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