UMass Boston Researcher Awarded Zuckerberg Leadership Prize

A professor at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston, a Council member, has been awarded the 2020 Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize for her research on just and equitable solutions for climate change.

Dr. Rebecca Herst, the recipient of the award, is the director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab and develops affordable solutions for marginalized communities to prepare them for the effects of climate change. Dr. Herst will receive a grant of $100,000 to support her research over a two-year period. Dr. Herst has prioritized the needs of Boston’s underserved communities in the five years she has been at UMass Boston. With the help of the funds and Herst’s leadership, the Sustainable Solutions Lab will be on its way to becoming a frontrunner in the fight against climate change. The prize was established in 2005 by UMass Lowell alumnus and former senior director of Goldman Sachs, Roy J. Zuckerberg to recognize faculty and staff across the UMass system for leadership in helping the university accomplish its goals.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this prize,” Dr. Herst said. “COVID-19 has laid bare the deep racial inequities in our society. In a horrifyingly short period of time we have seen how disproportionately this crisis is impacting low-wealth communities and communities of color. Climate change is no different. Now, more than ever, we need strategic coordination between researchers and people on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Thanks to the Roy J. Zuckerberg Leadership Prize we will be able to bring together leading thinkers to chart a path forward.”

NEC congratulates Dr. Herst on this recognition and on her important research to help marginalized communities protect themselves against the effects of climate change. Read more here.

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