The objective of this course module is to familiarize freshmen with climate change, sustainability, and UMass Lowell's Office of Sustainability. The goal of this initiative is for students to become climate-literate or have an understanding of an individual's influence on climate and climate's influence on individuals and society. A climate-literate person:
- understands the essential principles of Earth's climate system
- knows how to assess scientifically credible information about climate
- communicates about climate and climate change in a meaningful way, and is able to make informed and responsible decisions with regard to actions that may affect climate (U.S. Global Change Research Program/Climate Change Science Program, 2009).