iCons sophomore and Physics major, Emily Laus, is one of thirty UMass students to be taking part in the UN Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, a ten-week course focused on ecosystem-based climate adaption and disaster risk reduction that kicked off this week.
The competitive program is open to students from UMass Amherst, McMaster University and the United Nations University. A partnership of those three programs, the course was organized by professor Marta Vicarelli of the School of Public Policy and department of economics and Nidhi Nagabhatla of the UN University and McMaster.
Over the course of the ten-week session, students will hear from academics and practitioners from a range of international government agencies and environmental groups, including the United Nations Environmental Programme, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Nature Conservancy. Students will also take part in class discussions and complete weekly assignments.
“This program is an incredible opportunity for students to learn from and network with international experts about water security and ecosystems for disaster risk reduction,” Vicarelli said.
Read more from the UMass News & Media Relations release.